Diagnostics

Color Duplex Sonography for the Diagnosis, Management of Giant Cell Arteritis

Color Duplex Sonography for the Diagnosis, Management of Giant Cell Arteritis

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The use of color duplex sonography for the diagnosis of patients with suspected giant cell arteritis is associated with high specificity and positive predictive value.

Giant Cell Arteritis Diagnosis in Glucocorticoid-Treated Patients: Utility of PET/CT

Giant Cell Arteritis Diagnosis in Glucocorticoid-Treated Patients: Utility of PET/CT

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The utility of PET and CT imaging to complement temporal artery biopsy in patients with newly diagnosed giant cell arteritis who are receiving glucocorticoid therapy remains equivocal.

Predictive Value of Autoantibodies in Clinically Suspect Arthralgia and Risk for RA

Predictive Value of Autoantibodies in Clinically Suspect Arthralgia and Risk for RA

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The presence of the certain autoantibodies accurately predicts a person's risk for progression from clinically suspect arthralgia to rheumatoid arthritis.

Predictors of Accelerated Atherosclerosis in Spondyloarthritis Without Overt CVD

Predictors of Accelerated Atherosclerosis in Spondyloarthritis Without Overt CVD

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Predictors of subclinical accelerated atherosclerosis were examined in a recent study of patients with spondyloarthritis without overt cardiovascular disease.

Real-World Data Validates Minimal Disease Activity Index in PsA

Real-World Data Validates Minimal Disease Activity Index in PsA

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Overall improvements in rates of minimal disease activity are achieved in patients with PsA when they are treated with anti-tumor necrosis factor agents

Advancing Understanding of Shrinking Lung Syndrome in SLE

Advancing Understanding of Shrinking Lung Syndrome in SLE

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The diagnosis and management of shrinking lung syndrome, a rare complication of systemic lupus erythematosus, is discussed in a comprehensive review.

Sonographic Enthesitis as a Potential Marker of Radiographic Damage Severity in PsA

Sonographic Enthesitis as a Potential Marker of Radiographic Damage Severity in PsA

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The association between sonographic enthesitis and severity of radiographic features of peripheral and axial joint damage in psoriatic arthritis was examined in a cross-sectional study.

Ultrasound-Detected Synovitis Predicts Short-term PsA Disease Flare

Ultrasound-Detected Synovitis Predicts Short-term PsA Disease Flare

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The ability of Power Doppler Ultrasound to predict short-term psoriatic arthritis disease flare was investigated in a new study.

Patient Involvement Can Reduce X-Ray Imaging Errors

Patient Involvement Can Reduce X-Ray Imaging Errors

Errors in X-Ray imaging can be reduced by having patients be involved.

EULAR Releases Imaging Recommendations in Symptomatic Osteoarthritis

EULAR Releases Imaging Recommendations in Symptomatic Osteoarthritis

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Osteoarthritis clinical practice recommendations have just been released by EULAR.

Second Opinion Provides Different Diagnosis for 20% of Patients

Second Opinion Provides Different Diagnosis for 20% of Patients

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One-fifth of patients who sought a second opinion at a single academic medical center received a different diagnosis from their primary care providers.

Rheumatoid Arthritis, Systemic Sclerosis Patients Should Have Hand Function Evaluated

Rheumatoid Arthritis, Systemic Sclerosis Patients Should Have Hand Function Evaluated

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Study evaluated hand function and potential influence of functional loss on patients' overall physical functions, health-related quality of life, and psychological status in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and systemic sclerosis.

Utility of Trabecular Bone Score in Assessing Bone Quality in Type 2 Diabetes

Utility of Trabecular Bone Score in Assessing Bone Quality in Type 2 Diabetes

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The trabecular bone score may provides an acute, albeit indirect, measurement of bone quality in patients with type 2 diabetes.

Ultrasound Finds Distinct Ankle Pathologies In Rheumatic Diseases

Ultrasound Finds Distinct Ankle Pathologies In Rheumatic Diseases

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Ultrasonography detects different ankle pathologies in various inflammatory rheumatic diseases.

Prophylactic Hydration For Contrast-induced Nephropathy: Doubts About Efficacy, Cost-effectiveness

Prophylactic Hydration For Contrast-induced Nephropathy: Doubts About Efficacy, Cost-effectiveness

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Study from The Netherlands randomly assigned 660 high-risk patients undergoing elective procedures involving iodinated contrast material to receive no prophylaxis or intravenous hydration.

Patients Underestimate Radiation Involved in Spinal Imaging

Patients Underestimate Radiation Involved in Spinal Imaging

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Cross-sectional survey study examines patients undergoing spine surgery and their knowledge of radiation exposure.

Ultrasound Identifies Tenosynovitis in RA Patients With Low DAS28 Scores

Ultrasound Identifies Tenosynovitis in RA Patients With Low DAS28 Scores

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Standardized ultrasound assessment of rheumatoid arthritis disease activity may aid healthcare practitioners in comprehensive management.

Cognitive Dysfunction, Memory Impairment Evaluated by fMRI in Non-Neuropsychiatric SLE

Cognitive Dysfunction, Memory Impairment Evaluated by fMRI in Non-Neuropsychiatric SLE

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Functional MRI imaging in patients with non-neuropsychiatric systemic lupus erythematosus found that defects in spatial working memory and cognitive dysfunction were related to damage in specific neural networks.

Urinary Proteomic Biomarkers May Help Differentiate Inflammatory Arthritis

Urinary Proteomic Biomarkers May Help Differentiate Inflammatory Arthritis

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Researchers look for diagnostic alternative to blood samples for diagnosing specific inflammatory arthritis conditions.

ACR/EULAR Develop Classification Criteria for Primary Sjögren Syndrome

ACR/EULAR Develop Classification Criteria for Primary Sjögren Syndrome

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American and European experts forge first commonly accepted and validated classification criteria for Sjögren syndrome.

FDA Approves Second-Generation Osteoporosis Detection Device

FDA Approves Second-Generation Osteoporosis Detection Device

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Finland-based Bone Index announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved its second-generation Bindex device to aid in diagnosing osteoporosis.

No Difference Between Semi-Quantitative Doppler Scoring Systems in RA

No Difference Between Semi-Quantitative Doppler Scoring Systems in RA

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Doppler scoring systems yielded similar results, indicating a human factor in discrepancies.

Tool Developed to Assess Autoinflammatory Disease Burden

Tool Developed to Assess Autoinflammatory Disease Burden

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A damage index to measure morbidity caused by the 4 most common monogenic autoinflammatory diseases has been developed by a consortium working under the auspices of the European Union's ERA-NET PRIOMEDCHILD.

Whole Genome Sequencing Identifies Overlapping Molecular Disease

Whole Genome Sequencing Identifies Overlapping Molecular Disease

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In 4.9% of cases that were ultimately informative with whole-exome sequencing, multiple molecular diagnoses were found.

AxSpA Therapy Can Be Guided With Predictive Modeling

AxSpA Therapy Can Be Guided With Predictive Modeling

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Trajectory modeling of axial SpA is feasible and suggests up to a third of patents may be under-treated.

Reproducibility of SIJ Classification in Axial SpA

Reproducibility of SIJ Classification in Axial SpA

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The reproducibility of radiographic SIJ classification and potential drivers of disagreement were examined in a SpA inception cohort.

Algorithmic Intervention Improves Access to SLE Specialty Care

Algorithmic Intervention Improves Access to SLE Specialty Care

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The institution of an algorithmic approach to diagnostic testing for SLE improved access to specialty care in a safety net system providing health care to the underserved.

Diagnostic Sensitivity of Ultrasound vs Crystal Analysis for Gout

Diagnostic Sensitivity of Ultrasound vs Crystal Analysis for Gout

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The use of ultrasound for gout diagnosis was found to have high specificity and modest sensitivity.

The Use of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound in Rheumatic Diseases

The Use of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound in Rheumatic Diseases

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The accurate assessment of disease activity in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is necessary to facilitate adequate suppression of inflammation in order to limit the progression of joint and periarticular damage

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