Sleep Disturbances and Neurobehavioral Performance in Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis.
Abstract OBJECTIVE: To examine the extent of polysomnographic (PSG) sleep disturbances [obstructive apnea hypopnea index (OAHI), number of wake bouts, arousals, periodic limb movements] and the effect of OAHI on neurobehavioral performance in juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), JIA without OSA, and controls without OSA, adjusting for intelligence quotient (IQ), pain, medications, daytime sleepiness, and wake bouts. METHODS: Children 6-11 years, 68 with JIA and 67 controls, underwent 1 night of PSG and completed self-reported daytime sleepiness surveys, multiple sleep latenc...
Source: J Rheumatol - January 15, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Authors: Ward TM, Beebe DW, Chen ML, Landis CA, Ringold S, Pike K, Wallace CA Tags: J Rheumatol Source Type: research

Fragility Fractures Are Associated with an Increased Risk for Cardiovascular Events in Women and Men with Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Population-based Study.
CONCLUSION: Fragility fractures in both women and men with RA are associated with an increased risk for CVD events and should raise an alert to clinicians to target these individuals for further screening and preventive strategies for CVD. PMID: 28089982 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: J Rheumatol)
Source: J Rheumatol - January 15, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Authors: Ni Mhuircheartaigh O, Crowson CS, Gabriel SE, Roger VL, Melton LJ, Amin S Tags: J Rheumatol Source Type: research

Detailed Analysis of the Articular Domain in Patients with Primary Sj ögren Syndrome.
CONCLUSION: DAS28 is useful to evaluate the effect of biologicals on articular involvement in patients with pSS. PMID: 28089983 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: J Rheumatol)
Source: J Rheumatol - January 15, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Authors: Moerman RV, Arends S, Meiners PM, Vissink A, Spijkervet FK, Kroese FG, Brouwer E, Bootsma H Tags: J Rheumatol Source Type: research

Achieving Consensus on Total Joint Replacement Trial Outcome Reporting Using the OMERACT Filter: Endorsement of the Final Core Domain Set for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement Trials for Endstage Arthritis.
CONCLUSION: An OMERACT core domain set for hip/knee TJR trials has been defined and we are selecting instruments to develop the TJR clinical trial core measurement set to serve as a common foundation for harmonizing measures in TJR clinical trials. PMID: 28089984 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: J Rheumatol)
Source: J Rheumatol - January 15, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Authors: Singh JA, Dowsey MM, Dohm M, Goodman SM, Leong AL, Scholte Voshaar MM, Choong PF Tags: J Rheumatol Source Type: research

Giant Cell Arteritis-related Stroke: A Retrospective Multicenter Case-control Study.
ré K, Bienvenu B Abstract OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to describe patients with giant cell arteritis (GCA)-related stroke and to compare them with a control group of GCA patients without stroke. METHODS: We created a retrospective multicenter cohort of patients with (1) GCA diagnosed according to the American College of Rheumatology criteria between 1995 and 2015, and (2) stroke occurring at the time of GCA diagnosis or occurring within 4 weeks of starting GCA therapy. The control group consisted of GCA patients without stroke. RESULTS: Forty patients [21 women (53%), median age 78 (60-91) yrs] with GC...
Source: J Rheumatol - January 15, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Authors: de Boysson H, Liozon E, Larivière D, Samson M, Parienti JJ, Boutemy J, Maigné G, Martin Silva N, Ly K, Touzé E, Bonnotte B, Aouba A, Sacré K, Bienvenu B Tags: J Rheumatol Source Type: research

Radiographic Evaluation of Sacroiliac Joints in Axial Spondyloarthritis - Still Worth Performing?
PMID: 28042123 [PubMed - in process] (Source: J Rheumatol)
Source: J Rheumatol - January 1, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Authors: Poddubnyy D Tags: J Rheumatol Source Type: research

Improvement in Herpes Zoster Vaccination in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Quality Improvement Project.
Abstract OBJECTIVE: To improve herpes zoster (HZ) vaccination rates in high-risk patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) being treated with immunosuppressive therapy. METHODS: This quality improvement project was based on the pre- and post-intervention design. The project targeted all patients with RA over the age of 60 years while being treated with immunosuppressive therapy (not with biologics) seen in 13 rheumatology outpatient clinics. The study period was from July 2012 to June 2013 for the pre-intervention and February 2014 to January 2015 for the post-intervention phase. The electronic best practice al...
Source: J Rheumatol - January 1, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Authors: Sheth H, Moreland L, Peterson H, Aggarwal R Tags: J Rheumatol Source Type: research

Lupus Myocarditis: Initial Presentation and Longterm Outcomes in a Multicentric Series of 29 Patients.
CONCLUSION: LM is a severe manifestation of SLE. It can be the first manifestation of the disease or it can occur during followup, in particular in untreated patients. However, the longterm prognosis is typically positive. Patients with less severe disease exhibited good LVEF recovery without CYC. PMID: 28042125 [PubMed - in process] (Source: J Rheumatol)
Source: J Rheumatol - January 1, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Authors: Thomas G, Cohen Aubart F, Chiche L, Haroche J, Hié M, Hervier B, Costedoat-Chalumeau N, Mazodier K, Ebbo M, Cluzel P, Cordel N, Ribes D, Chastre J, Schleinitz N, Veit V, Piette JC, Harlé JR, Combes A, Amoura Z Tags: J Rheumatol Source Type: research

B Cell Depletion Therapy Normalizes Circulating Follicular Th Cells in Primary Sj ögren Syndrome.
CONCLUSION: B cell depletion therapy in patients with pSS results in normalization of the elevated levels of circulating TFH cells. This reduction is associated with improved objective clinical disease activity measures. Our observations illustrate the pivotal role of the crosstalk between B cells and TFH cells in the pathogenesis of pSS. PMID: 28042126 [PubMed - in process] (Source: J Rheumatol)
Source: J Rheumatol - January 1, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Authors: Verstappen GM, Kroese FG, Meiners PM, Corneth OB, Huitema MG, Haacke EA, van der Vegt B, Arends S, Vissink A, Bootsma H, Abdulahad WH Tags: J Rheumatol Source Type: research

Longterm Beneficial Effect of Canakinumab in Colchicine-resistant Familial Mediterranean Fever.
CONCLUSION: Treatment with canakinumab in an individualized dosing scheme results in rapid and sustained remission in colchicine-resistant FMF. PMID: 28042127 [PubMed - in process] (Source: J Rheumatol)
Source: J Rheumatol - January 1, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Authors: Laskari K, Boura P, Dalekos GN, Garyfallos A, Karokis D, Pikazis D, Settas L, Skarantavos G, Tsitsami E, Sfikakis PP Tags: J Rheumatol Source Type: research

Takayasu Arteritis with Varied-size Vessel Involvement.
PMID: 28042128 [PubMed - in process] (Source: J Rheumatol)
Source: J Rheumatol - January 1, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Authors: Kono M, Yasuda S, Atsumi T Tags: J Rheumatol Source Type: research

An Unusual Association of Chronic Recurrent Multifocal Osteomyelitis, Pyoderma Gangrenosum, and Takayasu Arteritis.
PMID: 28042129 [PubMed - in process] (Source: J Rheumatol)
Source: J Rheumatol - January 1, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Authors: Vettiyil G, Punnen A, Kumar S Tags: J Rheumatol Source Type: research

Pregnancy Outcomes in Patients with Psoriatic Arthritis.
PMID: 28042130 [PubMed - in process] (Source: J Rheumatol)
Source: J Rheumatol - January 1, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Authors: Mouyis MA, Thornton CC, Williams D, Giles IP Tags: J Rheumatol Source Type: research

Gout (1st Edition).
PMID: 28042131 [PubMed - in process] (Source: J Rheumatol)
Source: J Rheumatol - January 1, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Authors: Choy G Tags: J Rheumatol Source Type: research

Summary Findings of a Systematic Literature Review of the Ultrasound Assessment of Bone Erosions in Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Authors: PMID: 28042132 [PubMed - in process] (Source: J Rheumatol)
Source: J Rheumatol - January 1, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Tags: J Rheumatol Source Type: research

Assessing Elementary Lesions in Gout by Ultrasound: Results of an OMERACT Patient-based Agreement and Reliability Exercise.
Authors: PMID: 28042133 [PubMed - in process] (Source: J Rheumatol)
Source: J Rheumatol - January 1, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Tags: J Rheumatol Source Type: research

Upregulation of Thrombospondin 1 Expression in Synovial Tissues and Plasma of Rheumatoid Arthritis: Role of Transforming Growth Factor- β1 toward Fibroblast-like Synovial Cells.
Upregulation of Thrombospondin 1 Expression in Synovial Tissues and Plasma of Rheumatoid Arthritis: Role of Transforming Growth Factor-β1 toward Fibroblast-like Synovial Cells. J Rheumatol. 2017 Jan;44(1):131 Authors: PMID: 28042134 [PubMed - in process] (Source: J Rheumatol)
Source: J Rheumatol - January 1, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Tags: J Rheumatol Source Type: research

Developing a Risk-scoring Model for Ankylosing Spondylitis Based on a Combination of HLA-B27, Single-nucleotide Polymorphism, and Copy Number Variant Markers.
Authors: PMID: 28042135 [PubMed - in process] (Source: J Rheumatol)
Source: J Rheumatol - January 1, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Tags: J Rheumatol Source Type: research

Five-year Efficacy and Safety of Tocilizumab Monotherapy in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis Who Were Methotrexate- and Biologic-naive or Free of Methotrexate for 6 Months: the AMBITION Study.
CONCLUSION: Longterm monotherapy with TCZ demonstrated continuing efficacy and safety. PMID: 27909081 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: J Rheumatol)
Source: J Rheumatol - December 1, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Authors: Jones G, Wallace T, McIntosh MJ, Brockwell L, Gómez-Reino JJ, Sebba A Tags: J Rheumatol Source Type: research

Proteomic Investigation of Dermal Fibroblasts Isolated from Affected and Unaffected Skin Samples from Patients with Limited Cutaneous Systemic Sclerosis: 2 Distinct Entities?
CONCLUSION: Consistent with previous studies, these findings are important for 2 reasons: first, because they reveal the opposite behavior of dermal fibroblasts in the unaffected and affected skin areas of the same patient with lcSSc; second, because they demonstrate the histological/histochemical similarities between unaffected skin from patients with lcSSc and healthy control skin. PMID: 27909082 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: J Rheumatol)
Source: J Rheumatol - December 1, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Authors: Corallo C, Santucci A, Bernardini G, Figura N, Leoncini R, Riolo G, Montella A, Chirico C, Nuti R, Giordano N Tags: J Rheumatol Source Type: research

Continual Maintenance of Remission Defined by the ACR/EULAR Criteria in Daily Practice Leads to Better Functional Outcomes in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis.
CONCLUSION: Continual fulfillment of any remission criteria was strongly effective in preventing patients from progression of functional disability; however, the ACR/EULAR criteria appear to be preferable. PMID: 27909083 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: J Rheumatol)
Source: J Rheumatol - December 1, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Authors: Shidara K, Nakajima A, Inoue E, Hoshi D, Sugimoto N, Seto Y, Tanaka E, Momohara S, Taniguchi A, Yamanaka H Tags: J Rheumatol Source Type: research

Sustained Benefits of Exercise-based Motivational Interviewing, but Only among Nonusers of Opioids in Patients with Fibromyalgia.
CONCLUSION: Exercise-based MI was associated with sustained clinical benefits 6 months after completion of therapy, but only for those who were not taking opioids. PMID: 27909084 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: J Rheumatol)
Source: J Rheumatol - December 1, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Authors: Kim S, Slaven JE, Ang DC Tags: J Rheumatol Source Type: research

A Negative Antinuclear Antibody Does Not Indicate Autoantibody Negativity in Myositis: Role of Anticytoplasmic Antibody as a Screening Test for Antisynthetase Syndrome.
Abstract OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the utility of anticytoplasmic autoantibody (anti-CytAb) in antisynthetase antibody-positive (anti-SynAb+) patients. METHODS: Anti-SynAb+ patients were evaluated for antinuclear antibody (ANA) and anti-CytAb [cytoplasmic staining on indirect immunofluorescence (IIF)] positivity. Anti-SynAb+ patients included those possessing anti-Jo1 and other antisynthetase autoantibodies. Control groups included scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus, Sjögren syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, and healthy subjects. Sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value (PPV), negative predi...
Source: J Rheumatol - December 1, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Authors: Aggarwal R, Dhillon N, Fertig N, Koontz D, Qi Z, Oddis CV Tags: J Rheumatol Source Type: research

The 12-item Psoriatic Arthritis Impact of Disease Questionnaire: Construct Validity, Reliability, and Interpretability in a Clinical Setting.
Abstract OBJECTIVE: To study, in a real-life setting, the construct validity, the reliability, and the interpretability of the 12-item Psoriatic Arthritis Impact of Disease (PsAID-12) questionnaire in patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA). METHODS: In 144 consecutive patients with PsA (81 men and 63 women, mean age of 51.4 ± 12.8 yrs, and 77 receiving biologic treatment), the PsAID-12 and other patient-reported outcomes (PRO) were collected, such as the Dermatology Life Quality Index. Each patient underwent articular and skin assessment. RESULTS: Construct validity: Factor analysis revealed a 2-...
Source: J Rheumatol - December 1, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Authors: Di Carlo M, Becciolini A, Lato V, Crotti C, Favalli EG, Salaffi F Tags: J Rheumatol Source Type: research

Construct Validity of Radiographs of the Feet to Assess Joint Damage in Patients with Gout.
CONCLUSION: Our results support construct validity for radiographs of the feet when assessing joint damage in gout. PMID: 27909088 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: J Rheumatol)
Source: J Rheumatol - December 1, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Authors: Spaetgens B, van Durme C, Webers C, Tran-Duy A, Schoonbrood T, Boonen A Tags: J Rheumatol Source Type: research

Willie Sutton Was Right: It's Time to Turn to the Synovium to Drive Rheumatoid Arthritis Therapy.
PMID: 27909137 [PubMed - in process] (Source: J Rheumatol)
Source: J Rheumatol - December 1, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Authors: Ruderman EM, Mandelin AM, Perlman HR Tags: J Rheumatol Source Type: research

Causes of Cardiovascular Ischemic Events in Giant Cell Arteritis.
PMID: 27909138 [PubMed - in process] (Source: J Rheumatol)
Source: J Rheumatol - December 1, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Authors: Richter JG, Sander O, Schneider M Tags: J Rheumatol Source Type: research

Safety and Efficacy of SBI-087, a Subcutaneous Agent for B Cell Depletion, in Patients with Active Rheumatoid Arthritis: Results from a Phase II Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-controlled Study.
CONCLUSION: SBI-087 effectively depleted peripheral CD20 B cells and was well tolerated. Improvements were consistently observed in the SBI/SBI/SBI group for the majority of efficacy and quality-of-life outcomes. PMID: 27909139 [PubMed - in process] (Source: J Rheumatol)
Source: J Rheumatol - December 1, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Authors: Damjanov N, Tlustochowicz M, Aelion J, Greenwald M, Diehl A, Bhattacharya I, Peeva E, Menon S, Gourley I Tags: J Rheumatol Source Type: research

Longterm Work Productivity Costs Due to Absenteeism and Permanent Work Disability in Patients with Early Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Nationwide Register Study of 7831 Patients.
CONCLUSION: The longterm PC increased significantly in parallel with years elapsing after RA diagnosis. Further, the majority of these PC are incurred by a small proportion of patients. PMID: 27909140 [PubMed - in process] (Source: J Rheumatol)
Source: J Rheumatol - December 1, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Authors: Martikainen JA, Kautiainen H, Rantalaiho V, Puolakka KT Tags: J Rheumatol Source Type: research

Developing a Risk-scoring Model for Ankylosing Spondylitis Based on a Combination of HLA-B27, Single-nucleotide Polymorphism, and Copy Number Variant Markers.
CONCLUSION: Our AS-GRS could be used to identify individuals at high risk for AS before major symptoms appear, which may improve the prognosis for them through early treatment. PMID: 27909141 [PubMed - in process] (Source: J Rheumatol)
Source: J Rheumatol - December 1, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Authors: Jung SH, Cho SM, Yim SH, Kim SH, Park HC, Cho ML, Shim SC, Kim TH, Park SH, Chung YJ Tags: J Rheumatol Source Type: research

Disease Activity and Increased Risk of Cardiovascular Death among Patients with Psoriatic Arthritis.
nius GM Abstract OBJECTIVE: Recent studies indicate increased cardiovascular (CV) morbidity and mortality in patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA), but results are inconsistent. This prompted our investigation of the mortality rate, cause of death, and incidence of acute CV events in patients from northern Sweden with PsA. METHODS: Patients with established PsA (464) were included. To calculate standardized mortality ratio (SMR) and standardized incidence ratio (SIR) for CV events, data were extracted from the National Causes of Death Register and the National Inpatient Care Register in Sweden, and compared...
Source: J Rheumatol - December 1, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Authors: Juneblad K, Rantapää-Dahlqvist S, Alenius GM Tags: J Rheumatol Source Type: research

Interobserver and Intraobserver Reliability of Clinical Assessments in Knee Osteoarthritis.
CONCLUSION: Among individuals with symptomatic knee OA, the reliability of clinical examination of the knee was at least good for the majority of clinical signs of knee OA. PMID: 27909143 [PubMed - in process] (Source: J Rheumatol)
Source: J Rheumatol - December 1, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Authors: Maricar N, Callaghan MJ, Parkes MJ, Felson DT, O'Neill TW Tags: J Rheumatol Source Type: research

Bone Area Provides a Responsive Outcome Measure for Bone Changes in Short-term Knee Osteoarthritis Studies.
CONCLUSION: In this small cohort at high risk of OA progression, bone area changed at 3 and 6 months when cartilage morphometric measures did not. PMID: 27909144 [PubMed - in process] (Source: J Rheumatol)
Source: J Rheumatol - December 1, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Authors: Bowes MA, Maciewicz RA, Waterton JC, Hunter DJ, Conaghan PG Tags: J Rheumatol Source Type: research

Perianal Crohn Disease after Treatment with Rituximab for Active Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis.
PMID: 27909145 [PubMed - in process] (Source: J Rheumatol)
Source: J Rheumatol - December 1, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Authors: Fraser D, Boyle S, Amft N Tags: J Rheumatol Source Type: research

Dr. Elsaman, et al reply.
PMID: 27909146 [PubMed - in process] (Source: J Rheumatol)
Source: J Rheumatol - December 1, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Authors: Elsaman A, Radwan A, Mohammed W, Ohrndorf S Tags: J Rheumatol Source Type: research

Reduction of Knee Pain by Effusion Reduction.
PMID: 27909147 [PubMed - in process] (Source: J Rheumatol)
Source: J Rheumatol - December 1, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Authors: Rothschild B Tags: J Rheumatol Source Type: research

Determining Metacarpophalangeal Flexion Angle Tolerance for Reliable Volumetric Joint Space Measurements by High-resolution Peripheral Quantitative Computed Tomography.
Authors: PMID: 27909148 [PubMed - in process] (Source: J Rheumatol)
Source: J Rheumatol - December 1, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Tags: J Rheumatol Source Type: research

Reviewer Index.
Authors: PMID: 27909149 [PubMed - in process] (Source: J Rheumatol)
Source: J Rheumatol - December 1, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Tags: J Rheumatol Source Type: research

Developing an OMERACT Core Outcome Set for Assessing Safety Components in Rheumatology Trials: The OMERACT Safety Working Group.
CONCLUSION: The OMERACT Safety Working Group will advance the work previously done within OMERACT using a new patient-driven approach. PMID: 27744393 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: J Rheumatol)
Source: J Rheumatol - October 15, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Authors: Klokker L, Tugwell P, Furst DE, Devoe D, Williamson P, Terwee CB, Suarez-Almazor ME, Strand V, Woodworth T, Leong AL, Goel N, Boers M, Brooks PM, Simon LS, Christensen R Tags: J Rheumatol Source Type: research

Risk of Diabetes Mellitus among Patients Diagnosed with Giant Cell Arteritis or Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis: Comparison with the General Population.
CONCLUSION: Patients diagnosed with GCA or GPA have a markedly increased risk of new-onset DM during early treatment phases. PMID: 27744394 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: J Rheumatol)
Source: J Rheumatol - October 15, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Authors: Faurschou M, Ahlström MG, Lindhardsen J, Obel N, Baslund B Tags: J Rheumatol Source Type: research

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Coronary Artery Disease: Genetic Analyses Do Not Support a Causal Relation.
um Abstract OBJECTIVE: Inflammatory diseases, specifically rheumatoid arthritis (RA), are assumed to increase the risk of coronary artery disease (CAD). More recently, multiple single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) associated with RA risk were identified. If causal mechanisms affecting risks of RA and CAD are overlapping, risk alleles for RA might also increase the risk of CAD. METHODS: Sixty-one SNP associating with RA in genome-wide significant analyses were tested for association with CAD in CARDIoGRAM (Coronary ARtery DIsease Genome wide Replication and Meta-analysis), a metaanalysis including genome-wid...
Source: J Rheumatol - October 15, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Authors: Jansen H, Willenborg C, Lieb W, Zeng L, Ferrario PG, Loley C, König IR, Erdmann J, Samani NJ, Schunkert H, the CARDIoGRAM Consortium Tags: J Rheumatol Source Type: research

Quantification of Bone Marrow Edema by Magnetic Resonance Imaging Only Marginally Reflects Clinical Neck Pain Evaluation in Rheumatoid Arthritis and Ankylosing Spondylitis.
CONCLUSION: In this small study of patients with RA and AS complaining about neck pain, BME was found in many different cervical sites, including the facet joints and the spinous processes. However, the occurrence and severity of BME did not correlate with the severity of neck pain. PMID: 27744396 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: J Rheumatol)
Source: J Rheumatol - October 15, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Authors: Baraliakos X, Heldmann F, Callhoff J, Suppiah R, McQueen FM, Krause D, Klink C, Schmitz-Bortz E, Igelmann M, Kalthoff L, Kiltz U, Schmuedderich A, Braun J Tags: J Rheumatol Source Type: research

Limited Reliability of Radiographic Assessment of Sacroiliac Joints in Patients with Suspected Early Spondyloarthritis.
CONCLUSION: Reproducibility of radiographic SIJ classification in an SpA inception cohort was only fair to at best moderate among 7 readers with varying levels of experience, questioning the applicability of mNY in early SpA. PMID: 27744397 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: J Rheumatol)
Source: J Rheumatol - October 15, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Authors: Christiansen AA, Hendricks O, Kuettel D, Hørslev-Petersen K, Jurik AG, Nielsen S, Rufibach K, Loft AG, Pedersen SJ, Hermansen LT, Østergaard M, Arnbak B, Manniche C, Weber U Tags: J Rheumatol Source Type: research

Prevalence of Systemic Sclerosis in Primary Biliary Cholangitis Using the New ACR/EULAR Classification Criteria.
CONCLUSION: Our data show a high prevalence of SSc in patients with PBC with probable underestimation by previous studies using the original ACR criteria. Comorbid SSc should be actively searched for based on newly described criteria to improve detection and increase benefits of earlier treatment. PMID: 27744398 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: J Rheumatol)
Source: J Rheumatol - October 15, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Authors: Zheng B, Vincent C, Fritzler MJ, Senécal JL, Koenig M, Joyal F Tags: J Rheumatol Source Type: research

Success Rate and Utility of Ultrasound-guided Synovial Biopsies in Clinical Practice.
CONCLUSION: US-guided synovial biopsies in clinical practice can be performed safely on patients with undifferentiated arthritis and with heterogeneous presentations. The rate of success in acquiring synovial tissue is high. The procedure usually retrieves quality tissue and leads to a definite diagnosis in a significant minority of patients. PMID: 27744399 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: J Rheumatol)
Source: J Rheumatol - October 15, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Authors: Najm A, Orr C, Heymann MF, Bart G, Veale DJ, Le Goff B Tags: J Rheumatol Source Type: research

Effects of Longterm Treatment with Bosentan and Iloprost on Nailfold Absolute Capillary Number, Fingertip Blood Perfusion, and Clinical Status in Systemic Sclerosis.
CONCLUSION: The study shows in patients with SSc with up to 4 years of combined therapy a progressive significant recovery in structure and function of microvasculature linked to improved clinical outcomes, independent of disease severity. PMID: 27744392 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: J Rheumatol)
Source: J Rheumatol - October 1, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Authors: Trombetta AC, Pizzorni C, Ruaro B, Paolino S, Sulli A, Smith V, Cutolo M Tags: J Rheumatol Source Type: research

Fibromyalgia in Spondyloarthritis: Effect on Disease Activity Assessment in Clinical Practice.
CONCLUSION: FM is a frequent comorbidity in patients with SpA, especially in peripheral forms. In patients with SpA-FM, disease activity may be overestimated when measured by BASDAI and to a lesser extent by ASDAS-CRP, and this overestimation could lead to inappropriate treatment escalation. PMID: 27633820 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: J Rheumatol)
Source: J Rheumatol - September 15, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Authors: Wach J, Letroublon MC, Coury F, Tebib JG Tags: J Rheumatol Source Type: research

Evidence for Tocilizumab as a Treatment Option in Refractory Uveitis Associated with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis.
CONCLUSION: TCZ appears to represent a therapeutic option for severe JIA-associated uveitis that has been refractory to MTX and TNF-α inhibitors in selected patients. The present data indicate that inflammatory macular edema responds well to TCZ in patients with JIA-associated uveitis. PMID: 27633821 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: J Rheumatol)
Source: J Rheumatol - September 15, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Authors: Tappeiner C, Mesquida M, Adán A, Anton J, Ramanan AV, Carreno E, Mackensen F, Kotaniemi K, de Boer JH, Bou R, de Vicuña CG, Heiligenhaus A Tags: J Rheumatol Source Type: research

Intratracheal Dilation-injection Technique in the Treatment of Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis Patients with Subglottic Stenosis.
CONCLUSION: SGS often occurs independently of other features of active GPA. IDIT is a safe and effective technique in the treatment of GPA-related SGS. It should be performed in all patients with GPA who develop significant SGS and in those with multiorgan disease concomitantly with IST. In patients with isolated SGS, IDIT also makes IST and tracheostomy unnecessary. PMID: 27633822 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: J Rheumatol)
Source: J Rheumatol - September 15, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Authors: Fijolek J, Wiatr E, Gawryluk D, Martusewicz-Boros MM, Orlowski TM, Dziedzic D, Polubiec-Kownacka M, Oniszh K, Langfort R, Roszkowski-Sliz K Tags: J Rheumatol Source Type: research

Toward Electronic Health Recording: Evaluation of Electronic Patient-reported Outcome Measures System for Remote Monitoring of Early Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Abstract OBJECTIVE: To assess the use of electronic patient-reported outcome measures (ePROM) in standard clinical practice for early rheumatoid arthritis (RA) management, the ePROM ability to enhance clinical care, and how computing technology can improve the patients' adherence to therapy. METHODS: In a double-blinded randomized-controlled study, 211 patients with early RA diagnosed according to American College of Rheumatology/European League Against Rheumatism criteria completed a PROM in paper format at their first clinic visit. Patients were then randomized to Group 1, which completed an ePROM questionn...
Source: J Rheumatol - September 15, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Authors: El Miedany Y, El Gaafary M, Youssef S, Bahlas S, Almedany S, Ahmed I, Palmer D Tags: J Rheumatol Source Type: research