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The ultrasonographic study of the nail reveals differences in patients affected by inflammatory and degenerative conditions.

Clin Rheumatol 2019 Jan 15. Epub 2019 Jan 15.

Rheumatology Unit, Department of Medicine, University of Verona, Piazzale A. L. Scuro 1, 37138, Verona, Italy.

Introduction And Objectives: The nail unit is a subject of interest in several diseases, often involving different medical fields. Even if few data are available for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, no data regarding ultrasonography and imaging are present for other degenerative and inflammatory conditions. The aim of this study was to explore through imaging the changes of nail and enthesis in inflammatory and degenerative conditions in order to find qualitative and quantitative changes related to distal interphalangeal joints. Read More

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January 2019
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Should the ultrasound of hands be a component ofrheumatoidarthritis remission criteria?

Curr Rheumatol Rev 2018 Dec 30. Epub 2018 Dec 30.

Rheumatology Department, University Hospital Center Hassan II Fez Faculty of Medicine, University Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah, Fez. Morocco.

Introduction: The definition of remission in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is still difficult to determine. An ultrasound of the hands may be important in helping to confirm clinical remission. This study's aim was to evaluate the interest in using an ultrasound of the hands to confirm clinical remission, as well as comparing the various remission scores (DAS 28 VS, DAS 28 CRP, and SDAI) and the ultrasound data, in order to deduce the most accurate score to confirm this remission. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2174/1573397115666181231115233DOI Listing
December 2018
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The value of joint ultrasonography in predicting arthritis in seropositive patients with arthralgia: a prospective cohort study.

Arthritis Res Ther 2018 Dec 19;20(1):279. Epub 2018 Dec 19.

Amsterdam Rheumatology and immunology Center | Reade, Dr. Jan van Breemenstraat 2, 1056 AB, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Background: The value of joint ultrasonography (US) in the prediction of clinical arthritis in individuals at risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is still a point of debate, due to varying scanning protocols and different populations. We investigated whether US abnormalities assessed with a standard joint protocol can predict development of arthritis in seropositive patients with arthralgia.

Methods: Anti-citrullinated protein antibodies and/or rheumatoid factor positive patients with arthralgia, but without clinical arthritis were included. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s13075-018-1767-9DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6300036PMC
December 2018
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Effect of Methotrexate in the Treatment of Distal Interphalangeal Joint Extensor Tendon Enthesopathy in Patients with Nail Psoriasis.

J Clin Med 2018 Dec 14;7(12). Epub 2018 Dec 14.

Department of Pathophysiology, School of Medicine, Collegium Medicum, University of Warmia and Mazury, 10-900 Olsztyn, Poland.

To assess the effect of methotrexate on the development of distal interphalangeal joint extensor tendon enthesopathy in psoriasis, thirty-two people aged 34 to 57 years with nail psoriasis and distal interphalangeal joint extensor tendon enthesopathy (19 patients with Ps (psoriasis) and 13 with PsA (psoriatic arthritis) were started on methotrexate at 15 to 25 mg/week and the treatment was continued for 6 months). A total of 319 nails were examined. After six months of treatment, the thicknesses of the nail plate, nail bed and nail matrix were found to decrease in both groups of patients. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/jcm7120546DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6306839PMC
December 2018
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Recognition of gout in rheumatoid arthritis: A case report.

Medicine (Baltimore) 2018 Dec;97(50):e13540

Department of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology, The Second Affiliated Hospital of Kunming Medical University, Kunming, Yunnan Province, China.

Rationale: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and gout are common rheumatic diseases. However, their coexistance has been rarely reported. Here in, we describe a case of a middle aged Chinese woman having RA complicated with atypical gout on both the knee joints. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/MD.0000000000013540DOI Listing
December 2018
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Inflammatory arthritis: a unique presentation of human anaplasmosis.

Clin Rheumatol 2018 Dec 11. Epub 2018 Dec 11.

Rheumatology Department at Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell Health, Hempstead, NY, USA.

Human granulocytic anaplasmosis (HGA) is a tickborne rickettsial disease caused by the bacterium Anaplasma phagocytophilum. Reported cases have increased with the highest incidence in the Northeast. To our knowledge, this is the first report of anaplasmosis associated with an inflammatory arthritis. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10067-018-4395-5DOI Listing
December 2018
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Musculoskeletal ultrasound as a biomarker of remission - results from a one-year prospective study in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

Med Ultrason 2018 Dec;20(4):453-460

Medical University of Plovdiv, Medical Faculty, Department of Propedeutic of Internal Diseases; University Hospital "Kaspela'', Rheumatology Clinic.

Aims: To assess the role of musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSUS) as a biomarker of remission and to compare the rates of clinical and imaging remission in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) on different types of treatment.

Material And Methods: One hundred and forty-one patients underwent physical and ultrasound examination at 5 visits (at baseline and after 1, 3, 6 and 12 months). Patients were divided into two groups according to the type of treatment, which involved synthetic (sDMARDs) and biologic (bDMARDs) disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.11152/mu-1609DOI Listing
December 2018
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My personal experience with arthroplasties in the hand and wrist over the past four decades.

J Hand Surg Eur Vol 2018 Dec 4:1753193418817172. Epub 2018 Dec 4.

Capio/CFR Hospital, Hellerup, Denmark.

I summarize my changing views and practices of arthroplasty in hand surgery over the past four decades. I recommend simple resection of the trapeziectomy for advanced arthritis of the first carpometacarpal joint, silicone implants for the metacarpophalangeal joints and the proximal interphalangeal joints, and the total wrist arthroplasty for advanced wrist arthritis and collapse. I also outline technical tips of these procedures. Read More

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December 2018
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Biomarkers of erosive arthritis in systemic lupus erythematosus: Application of machine learning models.

PLoS One 2018 4;13(12):e0207926. Epub 2018 Dec 4.

Lupus Clinic, Rheumatology, Dipartimento di Medicina Interna e Specialità Mediche, Sapienza Università di Roma, Rome, Italy.

Objective: Limited evidences are available on biomarkers to recognize Systemic Lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients at risk to develop erosive arthritis. Anti-citrullinated peptide antibodies (ACPA) have been widely investigated and identified in up to 50% of X-ray detected erosive arthritis; conversely, few studies evaluated anti-carbamylated proteins antibodies (anti-CarP). Here, we considered the application of machine learning models to identify relevant factors in the development of ultrasonography (US)-detected erosive damage in a large cohort of SLE patients with joint involvement. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6279013PMC
December 2018
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Mixed connective tissue disease complicated by heart failure in Ile-Ife, Nigeria: management challenges in a resource-limited economy.

Int Med Case Rep J 2018 2;11:307-312. Epub 2018 Nov 2.

Department of Cardiology,

Background: Mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD; also known as Sharp's syndrome) is a rare autoimmune inflammatory disorder characterized by high titer of U1 ribonucleoprotein (U1RNP) antibody and clinical and serological overlap of systemic lupus erythematosus, systemic sclerosis, and polymyositis. The diagnosis is based on clinical and serological factors in criteria such as Alarcon-Segovia, Khan, Kusakawa, and Sharps. Cardiac disease can be a complication of connective tissue disease (CTD). Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2147/IMCRJ.S151693DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6219426PMC
November 2018
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A Comparison of Radiographic Joint Space Width Measurements Versus Ultrasonographic Assessment of Cartilage Thickness in Children with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis.

J Rheumatol 2018 Nov 15. Epub 2018 Nov 15.

From the Department of Pediatrics, and the Department of Radiology, Aarhus University Hospital, Aarhus, Denmark. Supported by the Danish Rheumatism Association and by the Aarhus University Research Foundation. D.Ø. Pradsgaard, MD, PhD, Department of Pediatrics, Aarhus University Hospital; A. Hørlyck, MD, Department of Radiology, Aarhus University Hospital; A.H. Spannow, MD, PhD, Department of Pediatrics, Aarhus University Hospital; C. Heuck, MD, PhD, Department of Pediatrics, Aarhus University Hospital; T. Herlin, MD, DMSc, Department of Pediatrics, Aarhus University Hospital. Address correspondence to Dr. D.Ø. Pradsgaard, Aarhus University Hospital Skejby, Pediatrics, Palle Juul-Jensens Boulevard 99, Aarhus N 8200, Denmark. E-mail: Accepted for publication September 7, 2018.

Objective: Joint space narrowing (JSN) is a measurable outcome of tissue degeneration in arthritis. JSN is usually assessed by conventional radiography. Ultrasonographic (US) measurement of joint cartilage thickness has been validated in healthy children, and US measurement of the distal femoral cartilage has been validated in a group of patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). Read More

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http://www.jrheum.org/lookup/doi/10.3899/jrheum.170571
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November 2018
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Paraneoplastic polyarthritis as the first manifestation of lingual carcinoma.

Eur J Rheumatol 2018 Oct 31. Epub 2018 Oct 31.

Department of Rheumatology, Ramón y Cajal University Hospital, Madrid, Spain.

Paraneoplastic polyarthritis is an inflammatory arthritis, is usually seronegative, and has a temporal and pathophysiological relationship with an underlying malignancy. Although head and neck tumors may be a cause of paraneoplastic polyarthritis, its association with tongue carcinoma has not been previously reported. We present the case of a 69-year-old man who was a former smoker and presented with polyarthritis since 2 months in the wrists, proximal interphalangeal joints, knees, and elbows, with increased levels of acute-phase reactants; negativity for rheumatoid factor, anticitrullinated cyclic peptide antibody, and antinuclear antibody; and negative results for crystals and microorganisms in the synovial fluid. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.5152/eurjrheum.2018.18068DOI Listing
October 2018
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Swollen digits due to pachydermodactyly resembling inflammatory arthritis.

Eur J Rheumatol 2018 Oct 31. Epub 2018 Oct 31.

Department of Dermatology, Ege University School of Medicine, İzmir, Turkey.

Pachydermodactyly is a rare digital fibromatosis, characterized by painless, fusiform swelling in proximal interphalangeal joints. Since it may be misdiagnosed as inflammatory arthritis, it is important to call physicians' attention to this rarely seen condition to avoid unnecessary immunosuppressive treatment. Hereby, we present a case of a pachydermodactyly that had been previously followed-up and treated as an inflammatory arthritis for 4 years. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.5152/eurjrheum.2018.18079DOI Listing
October 2018
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Rate of Development of Hallucal Interphalangeal Degenerative Joint Disease After First Metatarsophalangeal Joint Arthrodesis: A Retrospective Radiographic Analysis.

Foot Ankle Spec 2018 Oct 20:1938640018803767. Epub 2018 Oct 20.

OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, 111 South Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio.

The development of hallux interphalangeal joint (IPJ) arthritis after an arthrodesis of the first metatarsophalangeal joint has been established in the literature. However, the significance has not been well reported. A retrospective, radiographic review of patients who had undergone a first metatarsophalangeal joint arthrodesis was performed. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1938640018803767DOI Listing
October 2018
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Progressive pseudorheumatoid dysplasia: a rare childhood disease.

Rheumatol Int 2018 Oct 16. Epub 2018 Oct 16.

Fondazione IRCCS Ca' Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Via della Commenda 9, 20122, Milan, Italy.

Progressive pseudorheumatoid dysplasia (PPRD) is a genetic bone disorder characterised by the progressive degeneration of articular cartilage that leads to pain, stiffness and joint enlargement. As PPRD is a rare disease, available literature is mainly represented by single case reports and only a few larger case series. Our aim is to review the literature concerning clinical, laboratory and radiological features of PPRD. Read More

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http://link.springer.com/10.1007/s00296-018-4170-6
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October 2018
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Inflammatory Arthritis Induced by Pembrolizumab in a Patient With Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma.

Front Oncol 2018 26;8:409. Epub 2018 Sep 26.

Section of Medical Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Attikon University Hospital, Athens, Greece.

T cell checkpoint inhibitors targeting Programmed cell Death protein-1 (PD-1) have emerged as novel immunotherapy agents showing remarkable efficacy in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). Despite important clinical benefits, they are associated with side effects that occur as a consequence of general immunological stimulation due to loss of T cell inhibition. Herein, we report the unusual case of inflammatory arthritis induced by anti-PD-1 agent pembrolizumab. Read More

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https://www.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fonc.2018.00409/
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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6168664PMC
September 2018
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Mouse ear erosions: Psoriatic arthritis.

J Med Imaging Radiat Oncol 2018 Oct;62 Suppl 1:145

Department of Radiology, Concord Repatriation General Hospital, Concord, New South Wales, Australia.

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http://doi.wiley.com/10.1111/1754-9485.20_12786
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October 2018
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Sonographic appearance of fluid in peripheral joints and bursae of healthy asymptomatic Chinese population.

Quant Imaging Med Surg 2018 Sep;8(8):781-787

Department of Ultrasound, West China Hospital of Sichuan University, Chengdu 610041, China.

Background: High frequency ultrasound is often used to measure the thickness of fluid in peripheral joints and bursae of healthy asymptomatic populations. Two major steps critical to this procedure are obtaining the detection rates and analyzing the relevant factors.

Methods: Healthy Chinese adult volunteers with no history of arthritis, past trauma or surgery and joint pain were enrolled in this study. Read More

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http://qims.amegroups.com/article/view/21299/21134
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http://dx.doi.org/10.21037/qims.2018.09.10DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6177363PMC
September 2018
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Comparison of articular manifestations of mixed connective tissue disease and systemic lupus erythematosus on clinical examination and musculoskeletal ultrasound.

Lupus 2018 Nov 10;27(13):2086-2092. Epub 2018 Oct 10.

1 Department of Internal Medicine, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India.

Background: Polyarthritis is common to both mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Apart from being erosive and deforming in the former, we speculated that it was more common and the extent of joints involved would be higher in MCTD.

Methods: This was a cross-sectional study that included patients with MCTD aged 18-75 years fulfilling the Kasukawa criteria. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0961203318804891DOI Listing
November 2018
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The Effectiveness of Injected Corticosteroid Type, Dose, and Volume for the Treatment of Pain in Small- and Intermediate-size Joints: A Systematic Review.

PM R 2018 Oct 6. Epub 2018 Oct 6.

University of Utah, Division of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Salt Lake City, UT.

Objective: To systematically evaluate the scientific literature examining the efficacy of corticosteroid injections in small- and intermediate-size joints, specifically looking at the effect of corticosteroid type, dose, and volume on clinical outcomes (pain and/or function). TYPE: Systematic review LITERATURE SURVEY: Medline (PubMed)®, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trial, and SportDiscus® databases were searched.

Methodology: Inclusion criteria included adult patients enrolled in prospective studies evaluating pain- and/or function-related improvements following a corticosteroid injection of a small- or intermediate-sized joint. Read More

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October 2018
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A Functional Angle of Up to 35° at the Distal Interphalangeal Joint Can Be Achieved with Headless Compression Screw Fusion.

J Hand Surg Asian Pac Vol 2018 Sep;23(3):377-381

* Department of Trauma and Orthopaedics, University Hospital North Tees, Stockton-on-Tees, UK.

Background: Arthrodesis of the distal interphalangeal (DIP) joint reliably improves symptomatic arthritis. A range of successful surgical techniques including tension band wiring, plate fixation and headless compression screws have been described and produce stable painless unions. For best functional outcome, the fusion angle should be between 10 and 61 degrees. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1142/S2424835518500406DOI Listing
September 2018
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Arthritis in sarcoidosis: A multicentric study from India.

Int J Rheum Dis 2018 Sep 5;21(9):1728-1733. Epub 2018 Sep 5.

KGMU, Lucknow, India.

Introduction: Ten to 15% of patients with sarcoidosis have associated arthritis. Chronic arthritis is fairly uncommon. There is a paucity of data on articular manifestations of the disease from India. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1756-185X.13349DOI Listing
September 2018
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Association of metabolic syndrome with knee and hand osteoarthritis: A community-based study of women.

Semin Arthritis Rheum 2018 Jul 31. Epub 2018 Jul 31.

Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences, Botnar Research Centre, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom.

Objective: It is unclear whether the association between osteoarthritis (OA) and metabolic syndrome (MetS) varies with the site of the affected joint and the presence of pain. Our aim was to describe the association between MetS and radiographic OA (ROA) affecting the knee or the hand in the presence or absence of concurrent joint pain.

Methods: Cross-sectional data of 952 women, aged 45-65 years from the Chingford study, a population-based longitudinal cohort of middle-aged women initiated in 1988-1989 in London (UK), was analysed. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.semarthrit.2018.07.007DOI Listing
July 2018
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Medium-Term Outcomes With Pyrocarbon Proximal Interphalangeal Arthroplasty: A Study of 170 Consecutive Arthroplasties.

J Hand Surg Am 2018 Sep;43(9):797-805

Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Division of Hand Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. Electronic address:

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine the medium-term outcomes of patients undergoing proximal interphalangeal (PIP) joint arthroplasty using a pyrocarbon implant.

Methods: The study comprised an analysis of 170 PIP joint pyrocarbon arthroplasties in 99 patients with a minimum 2-year clinical follow-up. Diagnoses included inflammatory arthritis (n = 49), posttraumatic arthritis (n = 29), and osteoarthritis (n = 92). Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhsa.2018.06.020DOI Listing
September 2018
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Musculoskeletal ultrasound for predicting remission in patients with rheumatoid arthritis: results from a 1-year prospective study.

Rheumatol Int 2018 Oct 18;38(10):1891-1899. Epub 2018 Aug 18.

Rheumatology Department, Medical University of Plovdiv, Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

To assess the role of musculoskeletal ultrasound as a predictor for the achievement of DAS28 remission in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). One hundred and forty-one patients underwent physical and ultrasound examination at five visits (at baseline and after 1, 3, 6 and 12 months). Patients were divided into two groups according to the type of treatment, which involved synthetic (sDMARDs) and biologic (bDMARDs) disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00296-018-4131-0DOI Listing
October 2018
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Arthrodesis for Treatment of Intra-Articular Synovial Cysts of the Hallux Interphalangeal Joint.

J Foot Ankle Surg 2018 Nov - Dec;57(6):1221-1224. Epub 2018 Aug 6.

Orthopedist, Department of Orthopedics, Huashan Hospital, Fudan University, Shanghai, China.

Synovial cysts are benign tissue masses that develop near joints and tendons as a result of fluid leakage. They can be difficult to eradicate, and adjacent tendon and joint surfaces can complicate their treatment. We retrospectively analyzed the data from 4 consecutive patients who had undergone hallux interphalangeal fusion from January 2009 to December 2010. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1053/j.jfas.2018.03.002DOI Listing
August 2018
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Brief Report: Influence of Disease Activity in Rheumatoid Arthritis on Radiographic Progression of Concomitant Interphalangeal Joint Osteoarthritis.

Arthritis Rheumatol 2019 Jan;71(1):43-49

Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV), Lausanne, Switzerland.

Objective: Distal interphalangeal (DIP) joints are commonly considered to be unaffected by rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Despite synovitis and bone marrow edema being associated with radiographic progression in hand osteoarthritis (OA) and hand RA, radiographic courses differ substantially. This study was undertaken to analyze incidence and progression of radiographically evident DIP joint OA in RA patients, in relation to RA activity and patient characteristics. Read More

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http://doi.wiley.com/10.1002/art.40684
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January 2019
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Prosthetic Arthroplasty of Proximal Interphalangeal Joints for Treatment of Osteoarthritis and Posttraumatic Arthritis: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Comparing the Three Ulnar Digits With the Index Finger.

Hand (N Y) 2018 Aug 2:1558944718791186. Epub 2018 Aug 2.

1 New York University, Langone Orthopedic Hospital, New York City, USA.

Background: It is common teaching that treatment of index finger alone is a relative contraindication for arthroplasty of the proximal interphalangeal joint (PIPJ). However, limited data exist reporting the digit-specific complication of PIPJ arthroplasty for the treatment of osteoarthritis or posttraumatic arthritis. The purpose of this article is to perform a systematic review and meta-analysis of the literature to assess whether the 3 ulnar digits may bear a similar instability and complication profile. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1558944718791186DOI Listing
August 2018
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Subcutaneous Granuloma Annulare.

Acta Dermatovenerol Croat 2017 Dec;25(4):292-294

Mihaela Paula Toader MD, PhD, T. Popa University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Iasi, Romania, 16 Universitatii str. 700115, Iasi, Romania;

Dear Editor, Subcutaneous granuloma annulare (SGA) is considered a rare clinical variant of granuloma annulare, a common self-healing chronic inflammatory disorder that may appear in childhood as well as in adult age (1-3). A 29-year-old female patient reported the onset of several small subcutaneous nodules on the dorsal aspect of the second interphalangeal joint of the left medius finger and the left elbow, accompanied by vague joint pain, had occurred 13 years ago. Specific markers for rheumatoid arthritis were negative, leading to a diagnosis of sero-negative rheumatoid arthritis, for which treatment with methotrexate was initiated. Read More

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December 2017
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Superb microvascular imaging (SMI) for evaluating hand joint lesions in patients with rheumatoid arthritis in clinical remission.

Rheumatol Int 2018 Oct 30;38(10):1885-1890. Epub 2018 Jul 30.

Department of Ultrasound, Changzhou Wujin People's Hospital, Affiliated with Jiangsu University, No. 2 of Yongning North Road, Changzhou City, Jiangsu Province, China.

The utility of superb microvascular imaging (SMI) for evaluating hand joint lesions in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in clinical remission is unreported. This study aimed to compare SMI and power Doppler imaging (PDI) for the evaluation of hand joint lesions in these patients. Twenty-six patients with RA in clinical remission were enrolled. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00296-018-4112-3DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6132695PMC
October 2018
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Hallux Interphalangeal Arthrodesis Following First Metatarsophalangeal Arthrodesis.

Foot Ankle Int 2018 Oct 18;39(10):1178-1182. Epub 2018 Jul 18.

1 Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, USA.

Background: Hallux interphalangeal (IP) arthritis can occur after first metatarsophalangeal (MTP) arthrodesis. IP arthrodesis is a standard treatment, but in the setting of prior MTP surgery there will be increased stress on the IP joint. This may result in diminished potential for bone healing. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1071100718780222DOI Listing
October 2018
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Digital myxoid cysts: 12-year experience from two Italian Dermatology Units.

G Ital Dermatol Venereol 2018 Dec 18;153(6):847-854. Epub 2018 Jul 18.

Section of Dermatology, Department of Medical Science and Public Health, University of Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy.

Background: Digital mucous cysts (DMCs) are benign, translucent, fluid-filled asymptomatic, slow-growing, dome-shaped nodules overlying a joint or tendon sheath on the distal dorsal side of the fingers or, more rarely, on the toes. They are degenerative in nature and are often associated with interphalangeal joint arthritis. Although DMCs are usually solitary, multiple cysts have been observed to develop simultaneously. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.23736/S0392-0488.18.06101-1DOI Listing
December 2018
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Arthroscopic Synovectomy of the Interphalangeal Joint of the Great Toe.

Arthrosc Tech 2018 Jun 21;7(6):e657-e660. Epub 2018 May 21.

Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, North District Hospital, Sheung Shui, China.

Synovitis of the interphalangeal joint of the great toe can occur in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, seronegative arthritides, or gouty arthritis or after a penetrating injury to the joint. Complete synovectomy of the joint usually requires a lengthy incision and extensive soft-tissue dissection. The purpose of this Technical Note is to describe the surgical details of arthroscopic synovectomy of the hallucal interphalangeal joint, which can reduce the surgical trauma. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.eats.2018.02.005DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6019812PMC
June 2018
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A Novel Hypothesis on Excessive Activation of Residual B Lymphocytes in Common Variable Immunodeficiency Concurrent with Aseptic, Erosive Polyarthritis.

Med Sci Monit 2018 Jul 16;24:4952-4960. Epub 2018 Jul 16.

Department of Rheumatology and Immunology, Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hospital, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China (mainland).

The aim of this study was to report aseptic, erosive polyarthritis in a patient with common variable immunodeficiency (CVID), which is quite different from the vastly more common nonerosive form. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells of the patient were isolated. Flow cytometry was used to analyze the proportion and function of lymphocytes. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.12659/MSM.908926DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6067681PMC
July 2018
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Two Cases of Pachydermodactyly Presenting as Polyarthritis.

Case Rep Dermatol Med 2018 17;2018:9835279. Epub 2018 Jan 17.

Department of Dermatology, Memorial University, St. John's, NL, Canada.

Pachydermodactyly is characterized by asymptomatic, progressive swelling of the lateral aspects of the 2nd to 4th finger along the proximal interphalangeal (PIP) joint without involving the joint itself. We present 2 interesting cases of patients with periarticular swelling who were initially diagnosed and treated as juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) with subsequent clinical and pathology confirmation of pachydermodactyly. These cases emphasize the importance of considering pachydermodactyly in young patients with development of periarticular swelling and no joint involvement. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5822890PMC
January 2018
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Inflammatory linear verrucous epidermal nevus associated with erosive monoarthritis.

Pediatr Dermatol 2018 Sep 4;35(5):e291-e293. Epub 2018 Jul 4.

Department of Dermatology, Hospital del Mar, Barcelona, Spain.

Inflammatory linear verrucous epidermal nevus and linear psoriasis are different entities with clinical and histopathologic similarities. Isolated reports of inflammatory linear verrucous epidermal nevus with concomitant psoriasis or a positive family history of psoriasis have been described, and the possibility that inflammatory linear verrucous epidermal nevus may be a mosaic form of cutaneous psoriasis has been postulated. We report a 17-year-old boy with a congenital, linear, erythematous, keratotic plaque on the dorsum of the fifth finger of the left hand with ipsilateral nail dystrophy. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/pde.13592DOI Listing
September 2018
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Comparison of Ultrasound, Radiography, and Clinical Investigations in the Diagnosis of Early Rheumatoid Synovitis in Patients with Nonspecific Musculoskeletal Symptoms: A Multicenter Cross-Sectional Study.

Med Sci Monit 2018 Jun 25;24:4372-4378. Epub 2018 Jun 25.

Department of Ultrasonography, Rencheng District First Maternal and Child Health Care Hospital, Jining, Shandong, China (mainland).

BACKGROUND Early diagnosis and treatment of rheumatoid synovitis can reduce the progression of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). However, in the early stages of rheumatoid synovitis, patients may only have non-specific musculoskeletal symptoms, and plain film radiographs may not detect early synovial changes. The aim of this study was to compare the sensitivity and specificity of ultrasound with radiography, and clinical investigations in the detection of rheumatoid synovitis in patients presenting with nonspecific musculoskeletal symptoms. Read More

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https://www.medscimonit.com/abstract/index/idArt/908755
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http://dx.doi.org/10.12659/MSM.908755DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6048998PMC
June 2018
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Case series: rheumatological manifestations attributed to exposure to Libby Asbestiform Amphiboles.

J Toxicol Environ Health A 2018 21;81(15):734-747. Epub 2018 Jun 21.

e Icahn School of Medicine at Mt Sinai , New York NY.

An increased risk for Systemic Autoimmune Diseases (SAID) has been reported in Libby, Montana, where extensive exposures to fibrous amphiboles occurred due to mining and use of asbestos-laden vermiculite. In addition, positive antinuclear autoantibody tests are associated with exposure to Libby Asbestiform Amphiboles (LAA) in both humans and mice. Among 6603 subjects who underwent health screening at the Center for Asbestos Related Diseases (CARD, Libby MT), 13. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15287394.2018.1485124DOI Listing
June 2018
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A novel surgical correction and innovative splint for swan neck deformity in hypermobility syndrome.

J Family Med Prim Care 2018 Jan-Feb;7(1):242-245

Department of Physiotherapy, KMPIP, Shree Krishna Hospital, Anand, Gujarat, India.

Splinting is a great domain of occupational therapy profession. Making a splint for the patient would depend on the need or requirement of the problems and deformities. Swan neck deformity is an uncommon condition, and it can be seen in rheumatoid arthritis, cerebral palsy, and after trauma. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_14_17DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5958577PMC
June 2018
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Anti-carbamylated protein antibodies as a new biomarker of erosive joint damage in systemic lupus erythematosus.

Arthritis Res Ther 2018 06 14;20(1):126. Epub 2018 Jun 14.

Lupus Clinic, Reumatologia, Dipartimento di Medicina Interna e Specialità Mediche, Sapienza Università di Roma, Viale del Policlinico 155, 00161, Rome, Italy.

Background: The application of more sensitive imaging techniques, such as ultrasonography (US), changed the concept of non-erosive arthritis in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), underlining the need for biomarkers to identify patients developing the erosive phenotype. Anti-citrullinated peptide antibodies (ACPA), associated with erosions in inflammatory arthritis, have been identified in about 50% of patients with SLE with erosive arthritis. More recently, anti-carbamylated proteins antibodies (anti-CarP) have been associated with erosive damage in rheumatoid arthritis. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s13075-018-1622-zDOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6001021PMC
June 2018
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The predictive role of ultrasound-detected tenosynovitis and joint synovitis for flare in patients with rheumatoid arthritis in stable remission. Results of an Italian multicentre study of the Italian Society for Rheumatology Group for Ultrasound: the STARTER study.

Ann Rheum Dis 2018 Sep 9;77(9):1283-1289. Epub 2018 Jun 9.

Dipartimento di Scienze Cliniche e Biologiche, Universita` degli Studi di Torino, Turin, Italy.

Objective: To define the role of ultrasound (US) for the assessment of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in clinical remission, including joint and tendon evaluation.

Methods: A multicentre longitudinal study has been promoted by the US Study Group of the Italian Society for Rheumatology. 25 Italian centres participated, enrolling consecutive patients with RA in clinical remission. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/annrheumdis-2018-213217DOI Listing
September 2018
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Proximal interphalangeal joint arthroplasty with Tactys: Clinical and radiographic results with a minimum follow-up of 12 months.

Hand Surg Rehabil 2018 May 31. Epub 2018 May 31.

Service de chirurgie de la main, chirurgie plastique et reconstructrice de l'appareil locomoteur, centre chirurgical Emile-Gallé, CHU de Nancy, 49, rue Hermite, 54000 Nancy, France.

The Tactys implant is a total anatomic gliding and modular prosthesis for proximal interphalangeal (PIP) arthritis. We report the clinical and radiographic results of this implant with a minimum follow-up of 12 months. Thirty-three implants in 27 patients with a mean age of 67 years were reviewed. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.hansur.2018.04.004DOI Listing
May 2018
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Washer and Post Augmentation of 90/90 Wiring for Proximal Interphalangeal Joint Arthrodesis: A Biomechanical Study.

J Hand Surg Am 2018 Dec 22;43(12):1137.e1-1137.e10. Epub 2018 May 22.

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Keck Medical Center of University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.

Purpose: To describe a novel construct for proximal interphalangeal (PIP) joint arthrodesis using headless cannulated screws as an intramedullary washer to augment 90/90 intraosseous wiring and compare the biomechanical properties of this construct with those of the 90/90 intraosseous wiring without headless screw augmentation.

Methods: Biomechanical evaluation of augmented 90/90 intraosseous wiring with headless cannulated screws (group 1) or 90/90 intraosseous wiring without augmentation (group 2) for PIP joint arthrodesis was performed in 3 matched-pair cadaveric specimens (12 digits per group). Each group was loaded to 10 N in the sagittal and coronal planes and the resultant stiffness from the load-displacement curve was calculated. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhsa.2018.04.010DOI Listing
December 2018
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Minimally Invasive Proximal Interphalangeal Joint Arthrodesis Using Headless Screw: Surgical Technique.

Tech Hand Up Extrem Surg 2018 Jun;22(2):39-42

Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC.

Proximal interphalangeal (PIP) joint arthritis causes debilitating hand pain and instability leading to significant functional impairment. Arthrodesis remains the gold standard for treatment of PIP arthritis. We present a minimally invasive PIP arthrodesis that provides rigid fixation with a headless compression screw. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/BTH.0000000000000189DOI Listing
June 2018
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Targeting Acquired Hemophilia A with Rheumatoid Arthritis by a Rituximab Shot: A Case Report and Review of the Literature.

Am J Case Rep 2018 May 21;19:582-588. Epub 2018 May 21.

Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakesh, Morocco.

BACKGROUND Acquired hemophilia A (AH) is a rare hemorrhagic diathesis, characterized by the presence of autoantibodies directed against the pro-coagulant activity of factor VIII. It is associated with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in 4% to 8% of cases and its prognosis remains severe. CASE REPORT A 66-year-old patient has been followed up for 20 years for deforming and severe RA, which was in low-disease activity. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.12659/AJCR.908854DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5993004PMC
May 2018
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Incidence of Nonunion of the Hallux Interphalangeal Joint Arthrodesis: A Systematic Review.

J Foot Ankle Surg 2018 Jul - Aug;57(4):776-780. Epub 2018 May 11.

Attending Physician, Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Center, Westerville, OH. Electronic address:

Hallux interphalangeal joint arthrodesis is an effective procedure to treat pain and provide stability and is often performed for intrinsic pain to the hallux interphalangeal joint. Additionally, this procedure is typically used in concert with the Jones tenosuspension. Although this as an accepted technique, the available data are scant, and questions remain regarding nonunion rates and contributory factors to poor healing. Read More

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December 2018
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The Treatment of Primary Arthritis of the Finger and Thumb Joint.

Dtsch Arztebl Int 2018 Apr;115(16):269-275

Department of Hand Surgery, Vulpius Hospital, Bad Rappenau; Medical Faculty Mannheim, University of Heidelberg, Mannheim; Department of Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery, Cologne University Hospital, Cologne; Department of Trauma, Hand, and Plastic Surgery, Münster University Hospital, Münster.

Background: Primary finger and thumb joint arthritis is common, with a markedly rising prevalence from age 50 onward. As the population as a whole ages, the need for effective, stage-appropriate treatment of this condition is increasing.

Methods: This review is based on pertinent publications retrieved by a selective search in the PubMed and Cochrane Library databases. Read More

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https://www.aerzteblatt.de/10.3238/arztebl.2018.0269
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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5954171PMC
April 2018
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The Diagnostic Implications of Two Cases of Known Rheumatoid Arthritis from the CAL Milano Cemetery Skeletal Collection.

J Forensic Sci 2018 Nov 23;63(6):1880-1887. Epub 2018 Apr 23.

LABANOF, Laboratorio Di Antropologia E Odontologia Forense, Sezione Di Medicina Legale, Dipartimento Di Scienze Biomediche per La Salute, Università Degli Studi Di Milano, Via Mangiagalli 37, Milan, 20133, Italy.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the most common erosive arthropathy and is of particular interest to forensic sciences. However, its diagnosis on bones remains challenging. We examined two skeletons from the CAL Milano Cemetery Skeletal Collection diagnosed with the pathology during life, to test the validity of the diagnostic criteria on bones. Read More

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http://doi.wiley.com/10.1111/1556-4029.13799
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November 2018
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Microwave Radiometry-Derived Thermal Changes of Small Joints as Additional Potential Biomarker in Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Prospective Pilot Study.

J Clin Rheumatol 2018 Aug;24(5):259-263

Technological Educational Institute, Athens, Greece.

Objective: A prospective pilot study was performed using microwave radiometry (MR), a noninvasive method detecting in-depth tissue temperature, to evaluate whether temperature-of-small-joint-derived scores correlate to parameters commonly used to assess disease activity in rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

Methods: Ten patients with active, untreated RA underwent clinical and laboratory assessments and joint ultrasound and MR of hand and foot small joints at baseline and at 15, 30, and 90 days after treatment onset. Mixed-model analysis for repeated measures was used to compare patient characteristics in sequential visits. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/RHU.0000000000000719DOI Listing
August 2018
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Advances in Proximal Interphalangeal Joint Arthroplasty: Biomechanics and Biomaterials.

Hand Clin 2018 05;34(2):185-194

Section of Plastic Surgery, University of Michigan, 2130 Taubman Center, SPC 5340, 1500 East Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5340, USA. Electronic address:

Proximal interphalangeal (PIP) joint arthritis is a debilitating condition. The complexity of the joint makes management particularly challenging. Treatment of PIP arthritis requires an understanding of the biomechanics of the joint. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.hcl.2017.12.008DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5890942PMC
May 2018
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