Clinical Rheumatology

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List of Papers (Total 316)

A systematic review of primary Sjögren’s syndrome in male and paediatric populations

Primary Sjögren’s syndrome (pSS) is a chronic multisystem autoimmune rheumatic disease characterised by female predominance. Although the disease is rare in the male and paediatric populations, it has been suggested that it may have a different disease phenotype, which has not been investigated before using a systematic approach. A systematic literature search of PubMed databases ...

Impact of rituximab on patient-reported outcomes in patients with rheumatoid arthritis from the US Corrona Registry

To evaluate the impact of rituximab on patient-reported outcomes (PROs) in a US-based observational cohort of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Patients with active RA, prior exposure to ≥1 tumor necrosis factor inhibitor (TNFi) and who newly initiated rituximab were identified. Changes in PROs were assessed 1 year after rituximab initiation. PRO measures included Clinical ...

Association between characteristics of pain and stiffness and the functional status of patients with incident polymyalgia rheumatica from primary care

This paper aims to examine the relationship between different characteristics of pain and stiffness and the functional status of patients with newly diagnosed polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR). Baseline analysis of an inception cohort study was conducted. Patients aged ≥18 years, with a new diagnosis of PMR were recruited from 382 English general practices. Participants were mailed a ...

Evaluating the cost-effectiveness of biologic treatments for psoriatic arthritis: can we make better use of patient data registries?

The primary aim of this study is to explore the extent to which registry data may fulfill the evidence requirements of cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA) studies evaluating biologic therapies for the treatment of psoriatic arthritis (PsA), where trial data are lacking or insufficient. In addition, the paper aims to identify how future data collection in PsA registries might be ...

Brief report: Decreased expression of CD244 (SLAMF4) on monocytes and platelets in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus

The signalling lymphocyte activation molecule (SLAM) family receptors play important roles in modulating immune responses. Previous studies in murine models and patients have suggested an association of the SLAM family (SLAMF) members with the development of autoimmunity, particularly systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Since previous investigations on CD244 expression have ...

Anti-citrullinated protein antibodies in the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA): diagnostic performance of automated anti-CCP-2 and anti-CCP-3 antibodies assays

This study compares the diagnostic performance of a second generation anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide antibody (CCP2) with a third generation anti-CCP antibodies assay (CCP3), as well as the combination of both tests. Serum samples of 127 patients were analyzed. IgG anti-CCP 2 and IgM rheumatoid factor were determined by EliA™ technique on a Phadia 250 instrument (Thermo Fisher ...

Patient experiences, attitudes and expectations towards receiving information about anti-TNF medication: a quantitative study

The objective of the study was to measure patient attitudes and experience of information received during drug counselling for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) medications. This is a cross-sectional UK postal questionnaire study. Three RA patient groups—disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) only, first anti-tumour necrosis factor (anti-TNF) and failed anti-TNF—were sent postal ...

Economic impact of biologic utilization patterns in patients with psoriatic arthritis

The aim of the study is to examine the frequency and costs associated with above-label dosing of biologics in patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA). MarketScan identified adults with ≥1 International Classification of Diseases, Clinical Modification diagnosis for PsA and ≥1 pharmacy claim for biologics of interest between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2013. The first biologic ...

Taxol alleviates collagen-induced arthritis in mice by inhibiting the formation of microvessels

The objective of the present study is to evaluate the inhibitory effects of taxol (PTX) on angiogenesis in a collagen-induced arthritis (CIA) mouse model. Collagen II (C II) and complete Freund’s adjuvant (CFA) were used in C57BL/6 (H-2b) mice to generate the CIA model. Random grouping was performed in the normal control group, CIA model group, PTX 1.5 mg/kg group, PTX 1.0 mg/kg ...

Hypothesis-free analyses from a large psoriatic arthritis cohort support merger to consolidated peripheral arthritis definition without subtyping

Current ClASsification criteria for Psoriatic ARthritis classification criteria for psoriatic arthritis (PsA) provide a preliminary definition of inflammatory articular disease. This study aimed to further characterize PsA peripheral arthritis using purely data-driven approaches for the affected joint distribution pattern. PsA patients from the Swiss Clinical Quality Management in ...

Single vagus nerve stimulation reduces early postprandial C-peptide levels but not other hormones or postprandial metabolism

A recent study in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients using electrical vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) to activate the inflammatory reflex has shown promising effects on disease activity. Innervation by the autonomic nerve system might be involved in the regulation of many endocrine and metabolic processes and could therefore theoretically lead to unwanted side effects. Possible ...

Vitamin D deficiency as a risk factor for the development of autoantibodies in patients with ASIA and silicone breast implants: a cohort study and review of the literature

The development of autoimmunity and/or autoimmune diseases is multifactorial. Vitamin D is one of the factors that might play a role. We postulated that both the presence of adjuvants and insufficient levels of vitamin D may result in the development of autoimmunity in patients with autoimmune/inflammatory syndrome induced by adjuvants (ASIA) in relation to silicone implant ...

The placebo effect and its determinants in fibromyalgia: meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials

The aims of this study were to determine whether placebo treatment in randomised controlled trials (RCTs) is effective for fibromyalgia and to identify possible determinants of the magnitude of any such placebo effect. A systematic literature search was undertaken for RCTs in people with fibromyalgia that included a placebo and/or a no-treatment (observation only or waiting list) ...

Tocilizumab reverses cerebral vasculopathy in a patient with homozygous SAMHD1 mutation

An auto-inflammatory syndrome consequent to SAMHD1 mutations involves cerebral vasculopathy characterized by multifocal stenosis and aneurysms within large arteries, moyamoya, chronic ischemia, and early-onset strokes (SAMS). While this condition involves the innate immune system, additional clinical features mimic systemic lupus erythematosus. Mutations in this gene can also cause ...

Seasonal variations of urate in a Swedish adult population

Seasonality in the incidence and prevalence of gout has previously been reported but the cause of this seasonality in gout is not explained. The aim of this study was to evaluate possible seasonal variations of urate in a large unselected Swedish adult population. We analyzed 170,915 urate test results from patients at a tertiary care hospital between 2000 and 2016. The results ...