Clinical Rheumatology

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List of Papers (Total 325)

Associations between clinically diagnosed testicular hypofunction and systemic lupus erythematosus: a record linkage study

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) has a high female predominance with a 9:1 female-to-male sex ratio, but males have poorer clinical outcomes than females. Gonadal hormones may mediate gender differences in SLE, but their role in SLE remains largely uncharacterised. We aimed to investigate a potential association between testicular hypofunction (TH), as a proxy for low ...

Thioredoxin 1 is associated with the proliferation and apoptosis of rheumatoid arthritis fibroblast-like synoviocytes

We aimed to investigate the possible effects of thioredoxin 1 (Trx1) on the proliferation and apoptosis of rheumatoid arthritis fibroblast-like synoviocytes (RA-FLSs) and elucidate the possible mechanisms involved. We investigated the distribution and expression of Trx1 in synovial tissues from RA and osteoarthritis (OA) patients by immunohistochemistry and real-time polymerase ...

Prevalence of and factors associated with renal dysfunction in rheumatoid arthritis patients: a cross-sectional study in community hospitals

This study was designed to determine the prevalence of renal dysfunction in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients and to identify factors associated with this complication. Between October 2014 and May 2015, we consecutively recruited RA patients at rheumatology sections of community hospitals in Japan. Each patient’s absolute and body surface area (BSA)-indexed estimated glomerular ...

Body mass index and clinical response to intravenous or subcutaneous abatacept in patients with rheumatoid arthritis

This post hoc analysis of ACQUIRE (NCT00559585) explored the effect of baseline body mass index (BMI) on the pharmacokinetics of and clinical response to subcutaneous (SC) or intravenous (IV) abatacept in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). ACQUIRE was a phase 3b, 6-month, double-blind, double-dummy study in which patients with RA were randomized (1:1) to SC (fixed - dose; 125 ...

Dual-energy computed tomography has limited diagnostic sensitivity for short-term gout

The aim of this study was to discuss the diagnostic value of dual-energy computed tomography (DECT) in patients with gout during different disease phases. Two hundred twenty-one patients (136 with gout and 85 with other arthritic diseases) were recruited to the study. Arthrosis pain was evaluated in all patients by DECT scans. We calculated the sensitivity and specificity of DECT ...

A systemic review and meta-analysis of the clinical efficacy and safety of total glucosides of peony combined with methotrexate in rheumatoid arthritis

To assess the efficacy and safety of the combination of total glucoside of peony (TGP) and methotrexate (MTX) for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Randomized controlled trial (RCT) data on the traditional Chinese active component TGP combined with MTX vs. MTX alone for the treatment of RA was collected by searching the Pubmed, Embase, Cochrane Library, CNKI, VIP Journals ...

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 ...