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  1. Ankylosing spondylitis

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    Edavalath, Mukesh

    2010-01-01

    Ankylosing spondylitis belongs to a group of rheumatic diseases known as the spondyloarthropathies (SpA), which show a strong association with the genetic marker HLA-B27. Inflammatory back pain and stiffness are prominent early in the disease, whereas chronic, aggressive disease may produce pain and marked axial immobility or deformity. Modern medicine has no established treatment for it. From the Ayurvedic perspective, the disease can fall under amavata, which may be effectively managed when...

  2. Ankylosing spondylitis

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    Mukesh Edavalath

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Ankylosing spondylitis belongs to a group of rheumatic diseases known as the spondyloarthropathies (SpA, which show a strong association with the genetic marker HLA-B27. Inflammatory back pain and stiffness are prominent early in the disease, whereas chronic, aggressive disease may produce pain and marked axial immobility or deformity. Modern medicine has no established treatment for it. From the Ayurvedic perspective, the disease can fall under amavata, which may be effectively managed when intervention is started in its early stages. Niruha basthi with Balaguduchyadi yoga, combined by Shamana treatment with Rasnerandadi kwatha and Simhanada guggulu have been found effective in curbing its progression. This article presents a single case report in which these treatments achieved considerable success.

  3. Ankylosing spondylitis.

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    Edavalath, Mukesh

    2010-07-01

    Ankylosing spondylitis belongs to a group of rheumatic diseases known as the spondyloarthropathies (SpA), which show a strong association with the genetic marker HLA-B27. Inflammatory back pain and stiffness are prominent early in the disease, whereas chronic, aggressive disease may produce pain and marked axial immobility or deformity. Modern medicine has no established treatment for it. From the Ayurvedic perspective, the disease can fall under amavata, which may be effectively managed when intervention is started in its early stages. Niruha basthi with Balaguduchyadi yoga, combined by Shamana treatment with Rasnerandadi kwatha and Simhanada guggulu have been found effective in curbing its progression. This article presents a single case report in which these treatments achieved considerable success. PMID:21547050

  4. Ankylosing Spondylitis

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    ... Members of this class of medications are genetically engineered to block proteins involved in the body’s inflammatory response. Four biologics—adalimumab, etanercept, golimumab, and infliximab—are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treating ankylosing spondylitis. ...

  5. Use of static lung mechanics to identify early pulmonary involvement in patients with ankylosing spondylitis.

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    Aggarwal A.; Gupta D; Wanchu A; Jindal S

    2001-01-01

    AIM: To assess if a detailed analysis of lung mechanics could help in early recognition of pulmonary abnormalities in patients with ankylosing spondylitis. METHODS: Static pulmonary mechanics were studied in 17 patients (16 men and one woman) of ankylosing spondylitis with no obvious clinical or radiological evidence of pulmonary involvement. Lung pressure-volume relationship was generated using a whole body plethysmograph, and a monoexponential equation fitted to this data. RESULTS: Total lu...

  6. MRI appearances of inflammatory vertebral osteitis in early ankylosing spondylitis

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    Kurugoglu, Sebuh; Kanberoglu, Kaya; Mihmanli, Ismail; Cokyuksel, Oktay [Department of Radiology, Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty, Istanbul University (Turkey); Kanberoglu, Ayfer [Department of Physical Medicine, SSK Istanbul Hospital, Istanbul (Turkey)

    2002-03-01

    Background: Undiagnosed and early ankylosing spondylitis (AS), especially in adolescent patients suffering from back pain, may present with the finding of vertebral osteitis on MRI. Aims: To identify the early MRI changes of vertebral osteitis in AS. Patients and methods: Five patients (three boys, two girls) aged 11-20 years (mean 15.4 years) suffering from back pain underwent MRI of the thoracolumbar spine. There was no initial diagnosis of AS. After clinical and radiological suspicion of AS, MRI of the sacroiliac (SI) joints was performed. Results: During the course of AS, destructive and reactive changes affect the discovertebral junctions that are initially seen in the thoracolumbar area. At this stage plain radiography of the spinal column may be normal. On MR images, inflammatory osteitis of the vertebrae is seen as hypointense areas on T1-weighted images and hyperintense areas on T2-W images. The lesions enhance homogenously with contrast material. Conclusions: Awareness of the MRI appearances of vertebral osteitis is helpful in suspecting AS. Radiological examination of the SI facilitates the diagnosis and unnecessary further imaging can be avoided. (orig.)

  7. Ankylosing Spondylitis: a Reflection and a Question

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    Annia Deysi Hernández Martín

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Ankylosing spondylitis is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the synovial membrane, joint entheses and para-articular structures of the spine, including the sacroiliac joints and limbs. We present a case of ankylosing spondylitis that had evolved for 12 years despite the relatively early diagnosis and treatment, showing flexion deformity and limitation of spinal movements. On radiological examination an early evolution to ankylosis was observed, which motivated us to make a reflection and a question.

  8. Use of static lung mechanics to identify early pulmonary involvement in patients with ankylosing spondylitis.

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    Aggarwal A

    2001-04-01

    Full Text Available AIM: To assess if a detailed analysis of lung mechanics could help in early recognition of pulmonary abnormalities in patients with ankylosing spondylitis. METHODS: Static pulmonary mechanics were studied in 17 patients (16 men and one woman of ankylosing spondylitis with no obvious clinical or radiological evidence of pulmonary involvement. Lung pressure-volume relationship was generated using a whole body plethysmograph, and a monoexponential equation fitted to this data. RESULTS: Total lung capacity (TLC was reduced in one (5.9% and static lung compliance (Cst in nine (52.9% patients. Four (23.5% patients had normal TLC, yet Cst and shape constant (K were reduced. Five (29.4% patients had reduced TLC and Cst; four of them had low K. One (5.9% patient had normal TLC but elevated Cst and K. CONCLUSIONS: Pulmonary involvement in patients with ankylosing spondylitis is probably diffuse and begins much earlier than generally presumed. Evaluation of static lung mechanics can identify pulmonary involvement early in the course of disease in several of these patients.

  9. Genetics Home Reference: Ankylosing spondylitis

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    ... can affect the joints between the spine and ribs, restricting movement of the chest and making it difficult to breathe deeply. People with advanced disease are also more prone to fractures of the vertebrae. Ankylosing spondylitis affects the eyes ...

  10. Traumatic death in ankylosing spondylitis

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    Thomsen, Asser H; Jurik, Anne Grethe; Uhrenholt, Lars; Vesterby, Annie; Thomsen, Asser Hedegård

    2010-01-01

    Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a chronic rheumatic disease that causes spinal rigidity with an increased risk of spinal fractures. We present a case report where a middle-aged man, in apparent good health, died following a fall from his bike. Postmortem computed tomography (CT) showed several fractures in the cervical and thoracic spine, with displacement into the spinal canal as well as spinal changes consistent with AS. The cause of death was determined to be upper spinal cord injury caused by...

  11. [Renal abnormalities in ankylosing spondylitis].

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    Samia, Barbouch; Hazgui, Faiçal; Abdelghani, Khaoula Ben; Hamida, Fethi Ben; Goucha, Rym; Hedri, Hafedh; Taarit, Chokri Ben; Maiz, Hedi Ben; Kheder, Adel

    2012-07-01

    We will study the epidemiologic, clinical, biological, therapeutic, prognostic characteristics and predictive factors of development of nephropathy in ankylosing spondylitis patients. We retrospectively reviewed the medical record of 32 cases with renal involvement among 212 cases of ankylosing spondylitis followed in our service during the period spread out between 1978 and 2006. The renal involvement occurred in all patients a mean of 12 years after the clinical onset of the rheumatic disease. Thirty-two patients presented one or more signs of renal involvement: microscopic hematuria in 22 patients, proteinuria in 23 patients, nephrotic syndrome in 11 patients and decreased renal function in 24 patients (75%). Secondary renal amyloidosis (13 patients), which corresponds to a prevalence of 6,1% and tubulointerstitial nephropathy (7 patients) were the most common cause of renal involvement in ankylosing spondylitis followed by IgA nephropathy (4 patients). Seventeen patients evolved to the end stage renal disease after an average time of 29.8 ± 46 months. The average follow-up of the patients was 4,4 years. By comparing the 32 patients presenting a SPA and renal disease to 88 with SPA and without nephropathy, we detected the predictive factors of occurred of nephropathy: tobacco, intense inflammatory syndrome, sacroileite stage 3 or 4 and presence of column bamboo. The finding of 75% of the patients presented a renal failure at the time of the diagnosis of renal involvement suggests that evidence of renal abnormality involvement should be actively sought in this disease. PMID:22520483

  12. The diagnostic value of sacroiliac CT for detecting early changes of ankylosing spondylitis

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    Park, Ju Hyun; Park, Ji Seon; Ryu, Kyung Nam [Kyunghee University Medical Center, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Jin, Wook [East-West Neo Medical Center, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2007-02-15

    We wanted to evaluate the diagnostic value of the various findings on sacroiliac CT for detecting the early changes of ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Between April 2005 and March 2006, 51 sacroiliac CT images with the clinical suspicion of AS, but no definite evidence of AS on the plain radiograph only, were retrospectively reviewed. Finally, 36 patients (mean age: 28.6 years; 34 males and 2 females), who were clinically diagnosed as AS (AS group, n = 26) or they had no evidence of AS (non-AS group, n = 10), were evaluated. Two musculoskeletal radiologists analyzed the presence of marginal irregularity, bony erosion and subchondral sclerosis. A statistical analysis was performed to evaluate the incidence, sensitivity and specificity of each finding. Marginal irregularity was seen in 21 of 26 AS subjects, and in 8 of 10 non-AS subjects. Bony erosion was only seen in 13 of 26 AS subjects. Subchondral sclerosis was observed in 19 of 26 AS subjects and in 8 of 10 non-AS subjects. The sensitivity/specificity for each findings were 72.4%/28.6%, 100%/43.5% and 70.4%/22.2%, respectively. Except for bony erosions, these results showed no statistical significance ({rho} = .006). Bony erosion on CT is a very sensitive finding for the early changes of AS, whereas marginal irregularity or subchondral sclerosis is not so helpful in differentiating AS from non-AS. Attention to these results may further enhance the accurate diagnosis of the early changes in AS.

  13. Symptomatic therapy for ankylosing spondylitis

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    Vladimir Vasilyevich Badokin

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available The paper characterizes ankylosing spondylitis (AS, one of the common spinal inflammatory diseases, in which not only sacroiliac, peripheral, and root (shoulder and hip joints, but also the aorta, heart valve apparatus, myocardium, bronchopulmonary system, kidneys, nerve system, and the organ of vision are involved in the pathological process. It is stated that the relatively high prevalence of AS, its young onset, progressively reduced spinal mobility, and early disability in the patients require active anti-inflammatory therapy. Significant progress in the treatment of AS is associated with the introduction of gene engineering biologicals into clinical practice. At the same time symptomatic therapy (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, glucocorticoids, simple analgesics, myorelaxants is noted to play an important role in AS. Myorelaxants actively affect not only the major manifestations (pain and rigidity of AS, but also the functional state of the locomotor apparatus and the outcome of the disease as a whole. By reducing muscle tone and the degree of rigidity, they contribute to increased movement amplitudes in the spine and peripheral joints. Among the drugs of this group, the central myorelaxant mydocalm is most commonly used in Russia.

  14. Traumatic death in ankylosing spondylitis

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    Thomsen, Asser H; Jurik, Anne Grethe

    2010-01-01

    Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a chronic rheumatic disease that causes spinal rigidity with an increased risk of spinal fractures. We present a case report where a middle-aged man, in apparent good health, died following a fall from his bike. Postmortem computed tomography (CT) showed several fractures in the cervical and thoracic spine, with displacement into the spinal canal as well as spinal changes consistent with AS. The cause of death was determined to be upper spinal cord injury caused by cervical spinal fractures that were facilitated by spinal rigidity from AS. Further investigation into the medical records revealed that the decedent had previously been treated for AS. This case report illustrates the importance of obtaining a detailed medical history when investigating deaths, including nonfatal conditions, such as AS. Furthermore, it shows the value of CT in the evaluation of the mechanism and manner of death.

  15. Treat Ankylosing Spondylitis with Methazolamide

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    Xiaotian Chang, Xinfeng Yan, Yunzhong Zhang

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Increased bone resorption and new bone information are two characteristics of ankylosing spondylitis (AS. Much evidence has shown that carbonic anhydrase inhibitors can restrain bone resorption. We had detected increased expression of carbonic anhydrase I (CA1 in synovium of patients with AS. This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of methazolamide, an anti-carbonic anhydrase drug, for treating patients with AS.Methods: Two patients, called as S and L, were diagnosed with active AS based on BASDAI and BASFI assessments, radiographic data and other clinical indices. They took methazolamide tablets at a dose of 25 mg twice every day.Results: Patient S's BASDAI score fell from 5.4 to 4.4, while patient L's BASDAI fell from 2.4 to 2. Patient S's BASFI score change from 2.7 to 2.9, while patient L's BASFI score fell from 1.2 to 0.2. The ESR values of patient S were considerably reduced, while the ESR value of patient L remained unchanged and in the normal range. The calcium concentration of patient S decreased from 3.05 mmol/L to 2.39 mmol/L. The CT evidence indicates that the articular surfaces of the erosive sacroiliac joints became clearer and the area of the calcium deposits began decreased. No significant systemic side effects were observed in either patient.Conclusions: The above results indicate that methazolamide was effective for active AS. Methazolamide may improve AS symptoms by inhibiting carbonic anhydrase activity during the processes of bone reporption and new bone formation.

  16. Pathophysiology of ankylosing spondylitis: what's new?

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    Pham, Thao

    2008-12-01

    Ankylosing spondylitis is a chronic inflammatory joint disease that predominantly affects the sacroiliac joints and spine. Its pathophysiology remains one of the most vexing enigmas of rheumatology. However, new insights have been provided by the recent identification of susceptibility genes other than HLA-B27; evidence of a pivotal role for several proinflammatory cytokines including interleukins 23 and 17; and the recognition that inflammation and structural progression proceed separately from each other. PMID:19036625

  17. Sacroiliitis in Ankylosing Spondylitis: Comparison with Multidetector Row CT and Plain Radiography

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    Yu, Ji Youn; Joo, Kyung Bin; Choi, Byeong Kyoo; Ryu, Jeong Ah; Kim, Tae Hwan; Choi, Woo Jung [Hanyang University Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2009-03-15

    The objective of our study was to compare multidetector row CT and the plain radiographs for making the diagnosis and grading the sacroiliitis that accompanies ankylosing spondylitis. We wanted to determine the role of multidetector row CT for the evaluation of the sacroilitis in patients with ankylosing spondylitis. One hundred ninety two patients with clinically suspected ankylosing spondylitis were evaluated by conventional radiography and multidetector row CT. Two musculoskeletal radiologists retrospectively analyzed the images, and they graded the sacroiliitis using the modified New York Criteria. Multidetector row CT demonstrated a significantly higher sensitivity (74.5%, 83.3%) than did plain radiography (59.9%, 66.7%) for detecting early sacroiliitis (p<0.05). Multidetector row CT showed a higher grade of sacroiliitis in 114 and 127 of 384 sacroiliac joints. Performing multidetector row CT rather than plain radiography for making the diagnoses of accompanying ankylosing spondylitis allows an early start of treatment with a subsequently improved prognosis

  18. The prevalence of clinically diagnosed ankylosing spondylitis and its clinical manifestations

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    Exarchou, Sofia; Lindström, Ulf; Askling, Johan; Eriksson, Jonas K; Forsblad-d'Elia, Helena; Neovius, Martin; Turesson, Carl; Kristensen, Lars Erik; Jacobsson, Lennart T H

    2015-01-01

    INTRODUCTION: Prevalence estimates of ankylosing spondylitis vary considerably, and there are few nationwide estimates. The present study aimed to describe the national prevalence of clinically diagnosed ankylosing spondylitis in Sweden, stratified according to age, sex, geographical, and socio-economic factors, and according to subgroups with ankylosing spondylitis-related clinical manifestations and pharmacological treatment. METHODS: All individuals diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis accor...

  19. Surgical Management of Temporomandibular Joint Ankylosis in Ankylosing Spondylitis

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    Revington, Peter J.; Felstead, Andrew M.

    2011-01-01

    Relatively few patients develop such severe degenerative temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disease that they require total joint replacement. Current indications include those conditions involving condylar bone loss such as degenerative (osteoarthritis) or inflammatory joint disease (ankylosing spondylitis, rheumatoid, and psoriatic). Ankylosis of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) secondary to ankylosing spondylitis remains an under investigated entity. We aim to provide an overview of treatment ...

  20. Management of ankylosing spondylitis with infliximab

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    Éric Toussirot

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Éric Toussirot1,2,3, Ewa Bertolini1, Daniel Wendling1,21Rheumatology, University Hospital Jean Minjoz, Besançon, France; 2Equipe d’Accueil 3186 “Agents pathogènes et Inflammation” University of Franche-Comté, Besançon, France; 3CiC – Biotherapy, St-Jacques Hospital, Besançon, FranceAbstract: Ankylosing spondylitis (AS is a systemic inflammatory rheumatic disease responsible for back pain, stiffness and progressive loss of  functional capacity with limited therapeutic options. Regular physical exercises together with the use of nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs are the two recognized treatment options in AS. Infliximab is a chimeric anti-tumor necrosis factor-? monoclonal antibody that has been demonstrated to be highly effective in the treatment of AS, providing clinical amelioration at both axial and peripheral skeleton. Infliximab also improves quality of life, function, biological parameters (acute phase reactants and inflammatory lesions of the spine as detected by magnetic resonance imaging. It is given at a 5 mg/kg dosage, as an infusion at weeks 0, 2, 6, and every 6 to 8 weeks after. Open-label and placebo-controlled trials have well demonstrated its high level of efficacy, with an improvement of the disease activity of at least 50% in 60%–80% of patients. In a large placebo-controlled trial, Assessment in Ankylosing Spondylitis Response Criteria (ASAS20 responders were observed in 61.2% of patients receiving infliximab compared to 19.2% of patients under placebo. Long-term efficacy is maintained when infliximab is administered every 6–8 weeks. Consensus international guidelines for the initiation and the use of this expensive treatment are available. Some questions remain, including the long-term safety, in particular the risk of lymphoma, and the potential influence of infliximab on radiological progression which is not currently demonstrated. Despite these concerns, infliximab has revolutionized the management of AS and represents a considerable therapeutic advancement in this disabling disease.Keywords: anti-TNF?, infliximab, ankylosing spondylitis

  1. Ankylosing Spondylitis and Postural Balance

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    Mahmut Nafiz Akman

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available Objective: In this study, we aimed to investigate that, due to postural changes, the patients with ankylosing spondyilitis (AS have poorer postural balance than healthy subjects.Materials and Methods: Thirty patients with AS (19 female, 11 male and 20 healthy subjects (13 female, 7 male were tested by using the Tetrax Interactive Balance System. The general stability, Fourier analysis showing patterns of sway intensity within eight frequency bands between 0.1 and 3 Hz, and weight distribution index (WDI were evaluated. Data were also compared with disease duration and finger-floor distance, occiput-wall distance and Schober test. Statistical analyses were performed using SPSS 11.0 for Windows program. Mann-Whitney U test was used to compare groups and Pearson Correlation analysis was used for correlation. Results: There was no statistically significant difference on general stability, Fourier analysis scores, WDI between patients with AS and healthy subjects. A negative correlation was found between Schober test and general stability score. (r=-0,390 p=0,03. No other correlations were found between stability scores, Fourier analyses scores, WDI and occiput-wall distance, finger-floor distance and disease duration.Conclusion: The patients with AS have good postural balance. Disease duration and quantitative measurements of posture do not affect postural balance.

  2. Scientists Gain New Insights into Genetic Mechanisms of Ankylosing Spondylitis

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    ... 2000 1999 Spotlight on Research 2012 January 2012 Scientists Gain New Insights into Genetic Mechanisms of Ankylosing Spondylitis New research supported, in part, by the National Institute of Arthritis and ... brought scientists a step closer to understanding the genetic mechanisms ...

  3. Intravenous methylprednisolone pulse therapy in ankylosing spondylitis.

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    Ejstrup, L; Peters, N D

    1985-08-01

    For several years the medical treatment of active ankylosing spondylitis (AS) has been NSAID because gold, penicillamine, antimalarials and steroids have been without efficacy. In 1981, Mintz et al reported that methylprednisolone pulse therapy (MPPT) had an excellent effect in patients with AS. Seven patients with active AS and insufficient efficacy of NSAID for three months were treated with one gram methylprednisolone daily given intravenously for three successive days. Mobility and pain were recorded before, during, and after treatment. Significant pain relief and improvement of mobility of the spine for at least six weeks were clearly demonstrated (p less than 0.05). Finger to floor distance and chin manubrium distance improved significantly for at least six months (p less than 0.05). We conclude that intravenous MPPT is a useful treatment in patients with active AS when NSAID is insufficient. PMID:4042697

  4. [Fatal complex fracture of the cervical spine in a patient with ankylosing spondylitis after a fall from a racing bicycle].

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    Heyde, C E; Robinson, Y; Kayser, R; John, T

    2007-09-01

    Patients with ankylosing spondylitis are endangered suffering from cervical spine fractures following falls caused by kyphosis, stiffness and osteoporotic bone quality of the spine. Risk sustaining neurological deficits is higher than average. We present a patient with ankylosing spondylitis, who was admitted to our hospital with a complex fracture pattern of the cervical spine after a fall from a racing cycle. In spite of early operative treatment the patient died in the follow up because of severe hypoxic brain damage. We discuss the area of conflict between the recommendation for sport activities in patients with ankylosing spondylitis and the resulting risks for the diseased spine. PMID:17896331

  5. Adaptation of the Bath measures on disease activity and function in ankylosing spondylitis into Danish

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    Pedersen, Ole Birger; Hansen, G O; Svendsen, Anders Jørgen; Ejstrup, L; Junker, P

    2007-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: Adaptation of the Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index (BASDAI), the Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Global Score (BASG), and the Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Functional Index (BASFI) for defining disease status in ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and related diseases for use in Denmark. METHODS: The BASDAI, BASFI, and BASG were translated into Danish and subsequently field-tested among 17 AS patients for relevance, face, and content validity. Reliability and validity were assesse...

  6. Ankylosing Spondylitis Associated With Bilateral TMJ Ankylosis

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    Song, Ju Seop; Koh, Kwang Joon [Dept. of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, School of Dentistry, Chonbuk National University, Iksan (Korea, Republic of)

    2000-09-15

    A 31-year-old male with severe limitation of mouth opening was referred to our department of Chonbuk National University Hospital. The physical status of the patient was hyposthenic. Extraoral examination showed no condylar movement of the both temporomandibular joints, no pain, no faical swelling or paresthesia. Intraoral examination showed several cervical caries on the upper anterior teeth, and gingival swelling on the whole dentition. Transcranial view showed no condylar movement, and narrowing of joint spaces. Chest P-A view showed straightening of thoracic, lumbar spine, and squaring of vertebrae of the same spines. Conventional lateral radiograph of cervical spine showed calcification of the intervertebral ligament. Computed tomograph showed extensive bone formation between temporal bone and the both condylar heads. Labortory findings showed positive reaction on HLA-B27 histocompatibility antigen and increased level of IgA, IgG, ESR. Based on the clinical, radiographic, and the labortary findings, final diagnosis was made as bony ankylosis of the both temporomandibular joints secondary to ankylosing spondylitis.

  7. Do sex hormones play a role in ankylosing spondylitis?

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    Masi, A T

    1992-02-01

    Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) has a striking disease marker, i.e., HLA-B27, indicating the major genetic predisposition; however, expression of disease is also strongly influenced by age- and sex-related factors. Sex steroids studies suggest greater androgenicity in AS than normal control persons. Therapeutic interventions that normalize such sex steroid status have shown clinical improvements in males and females. Muscle histopathology in AS shows frequent changes early in disease consistent with neuropathic and myopathic mechanisms of a noninflammatory nature. Accepting the available, aggregate data, one may infer that sex steroid imbalance in persons susceptible to AS may target axial and proximal muscle tissues, resulting in relative functional hypertonicity. Such phenomenon, developing in preteen and younger adult ages, may contribute to peripheral and axial manifestations of enthesopathy in this disease by complex and currently unknown mechanisms. PMID:1561401

  8. Ankylosant spondylitis association and diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH)

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    We are presenting a 66 year-old patient complaining of low back pain for the last 3 months and cervical pain for the last 45 days, Review of systems showed long standing lumbar and cervical stiffness, Radiological studies were compatible with ankylosing spondylitis and DISH (Diffuse idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis). Associations of those diseases are uncommon and reported only few times in the literature

  9. Effect of Pilates training on people with ankylosing spondylitis.

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    Altan, L; Korkmaz, N; Dizdar, M; Yurtkuran, M

    2012-07-01

    The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of Pilates on pain, functional status, and quality of life in patients with ankylosing spondylitis. The study was performed as a randomized, prospective, controlled, and single-blind trial. Fifty-five participants (30 men, 25 women) who were under a regular follow-up protocol in our Rheumatology Clinic with the diagnosis of AS according to the modified New York criteria were included in the study. The participants were randomly assigned into two groups: in group I, Pilates exercise program of 1 h was given by a certified trainer to 30 participants 3 times a week for 12 weeks, and in group II, designed as the control group, 25 participants continued previous standard treatment programs. In groups, pre-(week 0) and post treatment (week 12 and week 24) evaluation was performed by one of the authors who was blind to the group allocation. Primary outcome measure was functional capacity. Evaluation was done using the Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Functional Index (BASFI). Exploratory outcome measures were Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index (BASDAI), Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Metrology Index (BASMI), Chest expansion, and ankylosing spondylitis quality of life (ASQOL) questionnaire. In group I, BASFI showed significant improvement at week 12 (P = 0.031) and week 24 (P = 0.007). In group II, this parameter was not found to have significantly changed at week 12 and week 24. Comparison of the groups showed significantly superior results for group I at week 24 (P = 0.023). We suggest Pilates exercises as an effective and safe method to improve physical capacity in AS patients. Our study is the first clinical study designed to investigate the role of Pilates method in AS treatment. We believe that further research with more participants and longer follow-up periods could help assess the therapeutic value of this popular physical exercise method in AS. PMID:21499876

  10. Common MIR146A Polymorphisms in Chinese Ankylosing Spondylitis Subjects and Controls

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    Niu, Zhenmin; Wang, Jiucun; Zou, Hejian; Yang, Chengde; Huang, Wei; Jin, Li

    2015-01-01

    Common polymorphisms of microRNA gene MIR146A were reported as associated with different autoimmune diseases, include systemic lupus erythematosus, psoriatic arthritis, asthma and ankylosing spondylitis. In this study we investigated MIR146A SNPs in Chinese people with ankylosing spondylitis. Three common SNPs: rs2910164, rs2431697 and rs57095329 were selected and genotyped in 611 patients and 617 controls. We found no association between these SNPs and ankylosing spondylitis in our samples. PMID:26366721

  11. Radiological changes of the symphysis in ankylosing spondylitis

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    Jajic, Z.; Jajic, I.; Grazio, S. [Univ. Hospital Sestre Milosrdnice, Zagreb (Croatia). Dept. for Rheumatology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

    2000-07-01

    Purpose: To evaluate the symphyseal changes in patients with ankylosing spondylitis. Material and Methods: Radiological-morphological changes of the symphysis were studied in 68 patients (66 men, 2 women) with ankylosing spondylitis whose age ranged from 21 to 75 years. The duration of the disease was from 2 to 50 years. Results and Conclusion: Changes in the symphysis were found in 16 patients (23.5%) and were less prominent than findings in the sacroiliac joints. We classified these changes into four stages: minimal changes, apparent destruction, reparation and ankylosis. The third and the fourth stages of the changes in the symphysis were found more frequently in patients who suffered from the disease for more than 15 years. Radiological evaluation of symphyseal changes can be helpful in the evaluation of disease progression as well as in establishing a differential diagnosis.

  12. Current treatment approaches in patients with ankylosing spondylitis

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    Bilal Elbey

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Ankylosing spondylitis (AS is a chronic, inflammatory, rheumatic disease that mainly affects sacroiliac joints and spine. AS predominantly occurs more often in males and typically begins in the second or third decade. The mainstay of therapy in AS are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, which reduce inflammation and pain. Disease modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARD did not have enough evidence to prove their effect in AS treatment. The use of DMARD may not sufficient to improve the treatment and symptoms. Currently, TNF-blockers such as, Golimumab Etanersept Adalimumab ?nfliksimab have promising results in the treatment of AS. TNF-blockers improve the clinical signs and symptoms, and improve the patients’ physical function and quality of life. This manuscript is focused that Current pharmacological treatments in patients with ankylosing spondylitis.

  13. C-reactive protein, ESR, and klebsiella in ankylosing spondylitis.

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    Cowling, P.; Ebringer, R; Cawdell, D; Ishii, M.; Ebringer, A

    1980-01-01

    Serum C reactive protein (CRP) and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) were measured on 469 occasions in 149 patients with ankylosing spondylitis who had also been investigated for faecal carriage of klebsiella/enterobacter species on the same occasions. Raised values of CRP and ESR correlated with each other (P less than 0.001) as well as with clinically assessed active disease episodes (P less than 0.001). Patients with positive cultures for klebsiella were found to have higher mean values...

  14. Acute-phase proteins and serum immunoglobulins in ankylosing spondylitis.

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    Laurent, M R; Panayi, G S

    1983-01-01

    The erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) and the serum acute-phase proteins (APP), C-reactive protein (CRP), fibrinogen, 9th component of complement (C9), and alpha, antitrypsin were measured on 231 occasions in 80 patients with ankylosing spondylitis and compared with those in 30 controls. APP levels did not correlate with clinical assessment of disease activity. However, there were significant correlations between CRP, C9, and fibrinogen (p = less than 0.01), suggesting that these APP may b...

  15. X-ray therapy in the treatment of ankylosing spondylitis

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    The results of the treatment of a randomly selected series of 277 patients is presented and some consideration is given to the complications and sequelae of the X-ray therapy here described. There is particular reference to the risk of leukaemogenesis, the decline in the use of X-ray therapy and the present position in Britain of the management of ankylosing spondylitis. (orig./MG)

  16. Ankylosing spondylitis in an athlete with chronic sacroiliac joint pain.

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    Miller, Timothy L; Cass, Nathan; Siegel, Courtney

    2014-02-01

    Ankylosing spondylitis is a disease in which inflammation of joints, most often in the axial skeleton, can lead to reactive fibrosis and eventual joint fusion with associated immobility and kyphosis. The disease often involves extra-articular features, such as uveitis and aortic regurgitation, as well as associated inflammatory conditions of the intestines. Its etiology is unknown. Ankylosing spondylitis most commonly presents in young males (15-30 years old) as persistent low back pain and stiffness that is worse in the morning and at night and improves with activity. The authors report the case of a young male athlete whose symptoms were initially incorrectly diagnosed as sacroiliac joint instability and dysfunction and later as a sacroiliac stress fracture before further workup revealed a seronegative spondyloarthropathy and the diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis. The patient was prescribed oral indomethacin daily by the attending rheumatologist and started on a slow progression of return to running, jumping, and weight lifting. Within 4 weeks of beginning this treatment, the patient had complete cessation of pain with the medication. At follow-up 1 year after graduation from his university, the patient was nearly symptom free and working in a non-heavy labor job. The purpose of this case report is to remind sports medicine physicians of the prevalence of rheumatologic diseases in general and ankylosing spondylitis in particular and of the various ways in which spondyloarthropathies may present in athletes. Increased suspicion may lead to earlier diagnosis and treatment, potentially reducing illness severity and duration and improving the performance of athletes with this condition. PMID:24679210

  17. Serum Prolidase Activity in Ankylosing Spondylitis and Rheumatoid Arthritis

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    Demet Uçar; Serda Em; Mehtap Bozkurt; Pelin Oktayoglu; Hatice Kurt Yüksel; Mehmet Çaglayan; Orhan Gezer; Kemal Nas

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    The aim of the present study was to emphasize the collagen turnover in 2 of the most common chronic inflammatory rheumatic diseases by evaluating serum prolidase activity (SPA) in ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). 30 patients who met the modified New York Criteria for the classification of AS, 29 patients who met the 2010 Rheumatoid Arthritis Classification Criteria for the classification of RA, and 31 healthy controls were enrolled in the study. Serum samples of the ...

  18. Espondilite anquilosante e uveíte: revisão / Ankylosing spondylitis and uveitis: overview

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    Enéias Bezerra, Gouveia; Dório, Elmann; Maira Saad de Ávila, Morales.

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available O presente trabalho propõe uma revisão de epidemiologia, patogênese, quadro clínico, diagnóstico e tratamento da espondilite anquilosante e sua associação com alteração ocular com a devida condução da doença e suas manifestações. Os autores utilizaram em sua pesquisa os bancos de dados PubMed (MEDLI [...] NE), LILACS e Biblioteca do Centro de Estudos de Oftalmologia. A espondilite anquilosante é uma doença inflamatória crônica que acomete preferencialmente o esqueleto axial, podendo evoluir com rigidez e limitação funcional progressiva. Seu início costuma ocorrer por volta da segunda à terceira década de vida, preferencialmente em indivíduos do gênero masculino, caucasianos e HLA-B27-positivos. Sua etiologia e patogênese não são completamente elucidadas, e seu diagnóstico costuma ser tardio. O controle clínico e o tratamento são frequentemente satisfatórios.A uveíte anterior aguda é a manifestação extra-articular mais comum, ocorrendo em cerca de 20%-30% dos pacientes com espondilite anquilosante. Aproximadamente metade dos casos de uveíte anterior aguda está associada à presença do antígeno HLA-B27, podendo ser a primeira manifestação de uma doença reumatológica não diagnosticada, geralmente com boa resposta terapêutica e bom prognóstico. Concluímos que, para melhor avaliação e tratamento dos pacientes com uveíte, é importante maior integração entre oftalmologistas e reumatologistas. Abstract in english The present article reviews the epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical features, diagnosis, and treatment of ankylosing spondylitis and its association with ocular changes. The authors used the PubMed (MEDLINE), LILACS, and Ophthalmology Library databases. Ankylosing spondylitis is a chronic inflammat [...] ory disease that usually affects the axial skeleton and can progress to stiffness and progressive functional limitation. Ankylosing spondylitis usually begins around the second to third decade of life, preferentially in HLA-B27-positive white males. Its etiology and pathogenesis are not completely understood, and its diagnosis is diffi cult. Clinical control and treatment are frequently satisfactory. Acute anterior uveíte is the most common extra-articular manifestation, occurring in 20%-30% of the patients with ankylosing spondylitis. Approximately half of the acute anterior uveíte cases are associated with the presence of the HLA-B27 antigen. It can be the first manifestation of an undiagnosed rheumatic disease, usually having a good prognosis and appropriate response to treatment. In conclusion, for better assessment and treatment of patients with uveitis, ophthalmologists and rheumatologists should work together.

  19. Surgical Treatment of Spinal Pseudoarthrosis in Ankylosing Spondylitis

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    Lih-Huei Chen

    2005-09-01

    Full Text Available Background: In ankylosing spondylitis (AS, the spine with osteoporotic changes is fragileand vulnerable to trauma. Patients may develop spinal pseudoarthrosis (SP,whose clinical features are usually misdiagnosed as a tuberculous infection.This study reports our experience with surgical treatment for SP in AS.Methods: Eight patients with AS and SP at the thoracolumbar area were treated surgicallyand followed-up for at least 3 years. All had persistent back pain andprogressive kyphosis. One patient had neurologic deficits preoperatively.Anterior debridement and interbody fusion followed by posterior stabilizationwere performed in all patients. A posterior corrective osteotomy wasadditionally done in 3 patients whose kyphotic angle exceeded 45°.Results: All patients with persistent back pain obtained significant pain relief postoperatively.On a visual analogue scale, there was an average improvement of43 points on the clinical scores. The patient with neurologic deficits showedimprovement after the operation. Solid bony fusion was achieved in an averageof 7.5 months, and correction of the kyphotic angle averaged 18.6°.Conclusions: Spinal pseudoarthrosis should be considered in patients with AS, and mustbe differentiated from tuberculous and other infections. The results of thisstudy show that pain relief and correction of the kyphotic deformity can beachieved by surgical treatment for ankylosing spondylitis complicated withpseudoarthrosis.

  20. Efficacy and safety of adalimumab in ankylosing spondylitis

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    Full Text Available Aziza Mounach, Abdellah El MaghraouiRheumatology Department, Military Hospital Mohammed V, Rabat, MoroccoAbstract: Ankylosing spondylitis (AS is the most common and most severe subtype of spondyloarthritis. It also may be an outcome of any of the other spondyloarthritis subtypes. AS preferentially affects the sacroiliac joints and the tip of the column, with a tendency to later ankylosis. Peripheral joints, enthesis, and other extra-articular involvement may be observed. Tumor necrosis factor (TNF inhibitors are now well-established, effective drugs in the treatment of AS symptoms. Adalimumab, which is a fully human monoclonal antibody that binds to and neutralizes TNF, has demonstrated efficacy in treating AS symptoms, including axial involvement, peripheral arthritis, enthesitis, uveitis, gut involvement, and psoriasis. Furthermore, adalimumab has showed an overall acceptable safety profile. In this paper, we review the efficacy and safety profile of adalimumab in the treatment of AS, and discuss its differences from the other anti-TNF drugs reported in the literature.Keywords: ankylosing spondylitis, spondyloarthritis, adalimumab, tumor necrosis factor-?

  1. Infliximab in combination with methotrexate in active ankylosing spondylitis: a clinical and imaging study

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    Marzo-Ortega, H; McGonagle, D; Jarrett, S; Haugeberg, G; Hensor, E.; O'Connor, P.; A Tan; Conaghan, P.; Greenstein, A.; Emery, P.

    2005-01-01

    Objective: To examine the efficacy and safety of infliximab combined with methotrexate compared with methotrexate alone in the treatment of ankylosing spondylitis (AS) using MRI and DXA to monitor its impact on bone.

  2. ICF based comparison of disease specific instruments measuring physical functional ability in ankylosing spondylitis

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    Sigl, T; Cieza, A.; VAN DER HEIJDE;, D.; Stucki, G

    2005-01-01

    Objectives: To link validated and widely used instruments measuring physical functional ability in ankylosing spondylitis to the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) and to compare their contents, based on the results of the linking process.

  3. Health status of patients with ankylosing spondylitis: a comparison with the general population

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    Dagfinrud, H; Mengshoel, A; Hagen, K; Loge, J; Kvien, T.

    2004-01-01

    Objective: To examine the subjective health in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) compared with the general population, and to explore the associations between health status and age, sex of the patients, and educational level in AS.

  4. Magnetic resonance imaging for ankylosing spondylitis; Magnetresonanztomographie bei ankylosierender Spondylitis (Morbus Struempell-Marie-Bechterew)

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    Bollow, M. [Augusta-Kranken-Anstalt, Inst. fuer Radiologie, Bochum (Germany)

    2002-12-01

    Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is the prototypical form of the spondyloarthropathies, which at a prevalence of 2% is among the most frequent rheumatic diseases. Spondyloarthropathy comprises the following five disorders: AS, reactive arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, enteropathic arthritis in Crohn's disease, and ulcerosing colitis as well as undifferentiated spondyloarthropathy. In 99% of the patients with AS initial abnormal findings affect the sacroiliac joints. The radiographic changes required for diagnosing AS occur as late as 5-9 years after the onset of clinical symptoms. MRI of the sacroiliac joints reliably demonstrates both chronic inflammatory changes (erosions, sclerotic changes, bone bridges) and acute inflammatory changes (synovitis, capsulitis, osteitis) and allows for grading the chronicity and acuity of such changes. Enthesitis of the interosseous ligaments of the retroarticular space is a manifestation of AS. Spondylodiscitis (Andersson 1937) may occur as an inflammatory or non-inflammatory process (transdiscal fatigue fracture). Inflammations of the facet and costospinal joints developing into ankylosis are typical of AS. Changes of the vertebral bodies occur as anterior (Romanus 1952), posterior, and marginal spondylitis. All forms of spondyloarthropathies are furthermore characterized by asymmetrical synovitis of the large joints, particularly of the legs (gonarthritis, coxitis, tarsitis, peripheral oligoarthritis), rheumatic fibroosteitis (pelvic enthesitis, rheumatic calcaneopathy), and peri- and synchrondritis of the public symphisis and sternal synchondrosis. Since early inflammatory changes of the spinal column and of the extravertebral localizations in AS are demonstrated by MRI before they become apparent on radiographs, and thereby the diagnostic gap could be closed, the early use of MRI for diagnostic and follow-up is commendable, when new therapeutical options like the so-called 'biologicals' are employed. (orig.) [German] Die ankylosierende Spondylitis (AS) gilt als Prototyp der Spondylarthropathien, welche mit einer Praevalenz von 2% zu den haeufigsten rheumatischen Erkrankungen gerechnet werden. Die Spondylarthropathie umfasst die 5 Entitaeten AS, reaktive Arthritis, Psoriasis arthropathica, enteropathische Arthritis bei Morbus Crohn und Colitis ulcerosa und die undifferenzierte Spondylarthropathie. Bei 99% der Patienten mit AS sind die ersten pathologischen Befunde an den Sakroiliakalgelenken zu finden. Die zur Diagnose einer AS geforderten Roentgenbefunde treten erst mit einer Latenz von 5-9 Jahren nach Beginn der klinischen Symptome in Erscheinung. Mit Hilfe der MRT der Sakroiliakalgelenke lassen sich sowohl chronisch-entzuendliche Veraenderungen (Erosionen, Sklerosierungen, Knochenbruecken) als auch akut-entzuendliche Veraenderungen (Synovitiden, Kapsulitiden, Osteitiden) sicher nachweisen und bezueglich ihrer Chronizitaet und Akuitaet graduieren. Enthesitiden der Ligamenta interossea des Spatium retroarticulare gehoeren zum Bild der AS. Eine Spondylodiszitis (Andersson 1937) kann als entzuendliche und als nichtentzuendliche Form (transdiskaler Ermuedungsbruch) auftreten. Zur Ankylosierung fuehrende Entzuendungen der Facetten- und der kostospinalen Gelenke sind fuer die AS typisch. Veraenderungen der Wirbelkoerper finden sich als Spondylitis anterior (Romanus 1952), posterior und marginalis. Charakteristisch fuer alle Spondylarthropathien sind darueberhinaus asymmetrische Synovitiden an den grossen Gelenken vor allem der unteren Extremitaet (Gonarthritis, Coxitis, Tarsitis, periphere Oligoarthritis), die Fibroostitis rheumatica (pelvine Enthesitis, Calcaneopathia rheumatica) und die Peri- und Synchondritiden der Symphysis pubica und der Synchondrosis sternalis. Da sich bei der AS fruehe entzuendliche Veraenderungen an der Wirbelsaeule und an den extravertebralen Manifestationsorten in der MRT vor deren Auftreten im Roentgenbild nachweisen lassen und damit die diagnostische Luecke geschlossen werden konnte, empfiehlt sich bei neuen therapeutischen Optionen mit den sogenannt

  5. HLA-B27 and its subtypes in Syrian patients with ankylosing spondylitis.

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    Ibrahim Harfouch; Salwa A. Al-Cheikh

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    OBJECTIVES To assess HLA-B*27 and its subtypes associated with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) in Syrian patients. METHODS A polymerase chain reaction with specific sequence primer method were used to study the HLA-B* locus polymorphism in 50 Syrian patients fulfilling the modified New York criteria for classification of ankylosing spondylitis and 217 unrelated healthy Syrian controls. Patients were recruited from the Outpatients Department, Alassad University Hospital, Damascus, Syria b...

  6. Atlantoaxial Ankylosis Detected on Neck CT Scans in a Patient with Ankylosing Spondylitis: A Case Report

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    Lee, Jeong Ah; Lee, Seung Hun; Joo, Kyung Bin [Dept. of Radiology, Seoul Hospital, Hanyang University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Ryu, Jeong Ah [Dept. of Radiology, Guri Hospital, Hanyang University College of Medicine, Guri (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Tae Hwan [Dept. of Rheynmatology, Seoul Hospital, Hanyang University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2011-07-15

    Ankylosing spondylitis is a chronic inflammatory disorder of unknown cause that principally affects the axial skeleton. The cervical spine is also vulnerable to this disease process and the characteristic feature of cervical involvement is atlantoaxial subluxation. However, only a few cases of atlantoaxial ankylosis have been reported to date. We report a case of atlantoaxial ankylosis in a patient with ankylosing spondylitis with radiologic findings incidentally detected on neck CT scans.

  7. Danish recommendations on treatment of ankylosing spondylitis and spondyloarthritis based on multinational project initiative

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    Pedersen, Susanne Juhl; Madsen, Ole Rintek; Erlendsson, J.; Schiottz-Christensen, B.; Sørensen, Inge Juul; Andersen, L.S.; Østergaard, Morten

    2008-01-01

    INTRODUCTION: The multinational initiative "3e Initiative in Rheumatology - Multi-national Recommendations for the Management of Ankylosing Spondylitis 2006-7" served the primary purpose of providing specific recommendations for the management of ankylosing spondylitis and spondyloarthritis patients in daily practice. MATERIAL AND METHODs: The scientific committees from the ten participating countries selected nine clinical questions regarding diagnosis, monitoring and pharmacologic non-biologic...

  8. MRI of cauda equina syndrome in ankylosing spondylitis: a case report

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    Kim, Ji Yang; Choi, Pil Yeob; Sung, Young Soon; Kwon, Jae Soo [Masan Samsung General Hospital, Masan (Korea, Republic of)

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    Cauda equina syndrome is a rare neurologic complication in patient with long-standing ankylosing spondylitis. Authors report a case of cauda equina syndrome in ankylosing spondylitis. On plain radiographs, typical 'bamboo spine' and fusion of sacroiliac joints were noted. MRI of the lumbar spine revealed arachnoid diverticulae which were isointense to cerebrospinal fluid on all spin echo sequences, and showed bony erosion and scalloping of posterior arches.

  9. Multicenter validation of the value of BASFI and BASDAI in Chinese ankylosing spondylitis and undifferentiated spondyloarthropathy patients

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    Lin, Zhiming; Gu, Jieruo; He, Peigen; Gao, Jiesheng; Zuo, Xiaoxia; Ye, Zhizhong; Shao, Fengmin; Zhan, Feng; Lin, Jinying; Li, Li; Wei, Yanlin; Xu, Manlong; Liao, Zetao; Lin, Qu

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    The objectives of this study were to evaluate the reliability of Bath ankylosing spondylitis functional index (BASFI) and Bath ankylosing spondylitis disease activity index (BASDAI) in Chinese ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and undifferentiated spondyloarthropathy (USpA) patients. 664 AS patients by the revised New York criteria for AS and 252 USpA patients by the European Spondyloarthropathy Study Group criteria were enrolled. BASDAI and BASFI questionnaires were translated into Chinese. Partic...

  10. MR imaging features of foot involvement in ankylosing spondylitis

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    Objective: To determine alterations of the soft tissue, tendon, cartilage, joint space, and bone of the foot using magnetic resonance (MR) imaging in ankylosing spondylitis (AS) patients. Materials and Method: Clinical and MR examination of the foot was performed in 23 AS patients (46 feet). Ten asymptomatic volunteers (20 feet) were studied on MR imaging, as a control group. MR imaging protocol included; T1-weighted spin-echo, T2-weighted fast-field echo (FFE) and fat-suppressed short tau inversion recovery (STIR) sequences in sagittal, sagittal oblique, and coronal planes using a head coil. Specifically, we examined: bone erosions, tendinitis (acute and chronic), para-articular enthesophyte, joint effusion, plantar fasciitis, joint space narrowing, soft tissue edema, bone marrow edema, enthesopathy in the Achilles tendon and plantar fascia attachment, subchondral signal intensity abnormalities (edema and sclerosis), tenosynovitis, retrocalcaneal bursitis, subchondral cysts, subchondral fissures, and bony ankylosis. Midfoot, hindfoot, and ankle were included in examined anatomic regions. Results: Clinical signs and symptoms (pain and swelling) due to foot involvement were present in 3 (13%) of the patients while frequency of involvement was 21 (91%) with MR imaging assessment. The MR imaging findings were bone erosions (65%), Achilles tendinitis (acute and chronic) (61%), para-articular enthesophyte (48%), joint effusion (43%), plantar fasciitis (40%), joint space narrowing (40%), subchondral sclerosis (35%), soft tissue edema (30%), bone marrow edema (30%), enthesopathy of the Achilles attachment (30%), subchondral edema (26%), enthesopathy in the plantar fascia attachment (22%), retrocalcaneal bursitis (22%), subchondral cysts (17%), subchondral fissures (17%), tendinitis and enthesopathy of the plantar ligament (13%), and bony ankylosis (9%). The most common involved anatomical region was the hindfoot (83%) following by midfoot (69% ) and ankle (22%). Conclusion: In our experience, MR imaging may detect inflammatory and/or erosive bone, soft tissue, cartilage, tendon, and joint abnormalities in AS patients, even if AS patients did not have clinical signs and symptoms of foot involvement. If these data prove to be confirmed in further MR studies, MR imaging may be of importance especially in early diagnosis of inflammatory changes in the foot

  11. MR imaging features of foot involvement in ankylosing spondylitis

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    Erdem, C. Zuhal E-mail: sunarerdem@yahoo.com; Sarikaya, Selda; Erdem, L. Oktay; Ozdolap, Senay; Gundogdu, Sadi

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    Objective: To determine alterations of the soft tissue, tendon, cartilage, joint space, and bone of the foot using magnetic resonance (MR) imaging in ankylosing spondylitis (AS) patients. Materials and Method: Clinical and MR examination of the foot was performed in 23 AS patients (46 feet). Ten asymptomatic volunteers (20 feet) were studied on MR imaging, as a control group. MR imaging protocol included; T1-weighted spin-echo, T2-weighted fast-field echo (FFE) and fat-suppressed short tau inversion recovery (STIR) sequences in sagittal, sagittal oblique, and coronal planes using a head coil. Specifically, we examined: bone erosions, tendinitis (acute and chronic), para-articular enthesophyte, joint effusion, plantar fasciitis, joint space narrowing, soft tissue edema, bone marrow edema, enthesopathy in the Achilles tendon and plantar fascia attachment, subchondral signal intensity abnormalities (edema and sclerosis), tenosynovitis, retrocalcaneal bursitis, subchondral cysts, subchondral fissures, and bony ankylosis. Midfoot, hindfoot, and ankle were included in examined anatomic regions. Results: Clinical signs and symptoms (pain and swelling) due to foot involvement were present in 3 (13%) of the patients while frequency of involvement was 21 (91%) with MR imaging assessment. The MR imaging findings were bone erosions (65%), Achilles tendinitis (acute and chronic) (61%), para-articular enthesophyte (48%), joint effusion (43%), plantar fasciitis (40%), joint space narrowing (40%), subchondral sclerosis (35%), soft tissue edema (30%), bone marrow edema (30%), enthesopathy of the Achilles attachment (30%), subchondral edema (26%), enthesopathy in the plantar fascia attachment (22%), retrocalcaneal bursitis (22%), subchondral cysts (17%), subchondral fissures (17%), tendinitis and enthesopathy of the plantar ligament (13%), and bony ankylosis (9%). The most common involved anatomical region was the hindfoot (83%) following by midfoot (69% ) and ankle (22%). Conclusion: In our experience, MR imaging may detect inflammatory and/or erosive bone, soft tissue, cartilage, tendon, and joint abnormalities in AS patients, even if AS patients did not have clinical signs and symptoms of foot involvement. If these data prove to be confirmed in further MR studies, MR imaging may be of importance especially in early diagnosis of inflammatory changes in the foot.

  12. MRI of cervical spine injuries complicating ankylosing spondylitis

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    Koivikko, Mika P.; Koskinen, Seppo K. [Helsinki Medical Imaging Center, Helsinki University Central Hospital, Toeoeloe Hospital, Department of Radiology, Helsinki (Finland)

    2008-09-15

    The objective was to study characteristic MRI findings in cervical spine fractures complicating ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Technical issues related to MRI are also addressed. A review of 6,774 consecutive cervical spine multidetector CT (MDCT) scans obtained during 6.2 years revealed 33 ankylosed spines studied for suspected acute cervical spine injury complicating AS. Of these, 20 patients also underwent MRI. On MRI, of these 20 patients, 19 had a total of 29 cervical and upper thoracic spine fractures. Of 20 transverse fractures traversing both anterior and posterior columns, 7 were transdiskal and exhibited less bone marrow edema than did those traversing vertebral bodies. One Jefferson's, 1 atlas posterior arch (Jefferson's on MDCT), 2 odontoid process, and 5 non-contiguous spinous process fractures were detectable. MRI showed 2 fractures that were undetected by MDCT, and conversely, MDCT detected 6 fractures not seen on MRI; 16 patients had spinal cord findings ranging from impingement and contusion to complete transection. Magnetic resonance imaging can visualize unstable fractures of the cervical and upper thoracic spine. Paravertebral hemorrhages and any ligamentous injuries should alert radiologists to seek transverse fractures. Multiple fractures are common and often complicated by spinal cord injuries. Diagnostic images can be obtained with a flexible multipurpose coil if the use of standard spine array coil is impossible due to a rigid collar or excessive kyphosis. (orig.)

  13. Biomechanical assessment of balance and posture in subjects with ankylosing spondylitis

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    Sawacha Zimi

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Ankylosing spondylitis is a major chronic rheumatic disease that predominantly affects axial joints, determining a rigid spine from the occiput to the sacrum. The dorsal hyperkyphosis may induce the patients to stand in a stooped position with consequent restriction in patients’ daily living activities. The aim of this study was to develop a method for quantitatively and objectively assessing both balance and posture and their mutual relationship in ankylosing spondylitis subjects. Methods The data of 12 healthy and 12 ankylosing spondylitis subjects (treated with anti-TNF-? stabilized, with a mean age of 51.42 and 49.42?years; mean BMI of 23.08 and 25.44?kg/m2 were collected. Subjects underwent a morphological examination of the spinal mobility by means of a pocket compass needle goniometer, together with an evaluation of both spinal and hip mobility (Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Metrology Index, and disease activity (Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index. Quantitative evaluation of kinematics and balance were performed through a six cameras stereophotogrammetric system and a force plate. Kinematic models together with a test for evaluating balance in different eye level conditions were developed. Head protrusion, trunk flexion-extension, pelvic tilt, hip-knee-ankle flexion-extension were evaluated during Romberg Test, together with centre of pressure parameters. Results Each subject was able to accomplish the required task. Subjects’ were comparable for demographic parameters. A significant increment was observed in ankylosing spondylitis subjects for knee joint angle with the target placed at each eye level on both sides (p? Conclusions Our findings confirm the need to investigate both balance and posture in ankylosing spondylitis subjects. This methodology could help clinicians to plan rehabilitation treatments.

  14. The prevalence of clinically diagnosed ankylosing spondylitis and its clinical manifestations : a nationwide register study

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    Exarchou, Sofia; Lindström, Ulf

    2015-01-01

    INTRODUCTION: Prevalence estimates of ankylosing spondylitis vary considerably, and there are few nationwide estimates. The present study aimed to describe the national prevalence of clinically diagnosed ankylosing spondylitis in Sweden, stratified according to age, sex, geographical, and socio-economic factors, and according to subgroups with ankylosing spondylitis-related clinical manifestations and pharmacological treatment. METHODS: All individuals diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis according to the World Health Organization International Classification of Disease codes, between 1967 and 2009, were identified from the National Patient Register. Data regarding disease manifestations, patient demographics, level of education, pharmacological treatment, and geographical region were retrieved from the National Patient Register and other national registers. RESULTS: A total of 11,030 cases with an ankylosing spondylitis diagnosis (alive, living in Sweden, and 16 to 64 years old in December 2009) were identified in the National Patient Register, giving a point prevalence of 0.18% in 2009. The prevalence was higher in northern Sweden, and lower in those with a higher level of education. Men had a higher prevalence of ankylosing spondylitis (0.23% versus 0.14%, P?ankylosing spondylitis of 0.18%. It revealed phenotypical and treatment differences between the sexes, as well as geographical and socio-economic differences in disease prevalence.

  15. High-dose thalidomide increases the risk of peripheral neuropathy in the treatment of ankylosing spondylitis

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    Full Text Available Thalidomide is an effective drug for the treatment of ankylosing spondylitis but might induce peripheral neuropathy. This major adverse reaction has attracted much concern. The current study aimed to observe the incidence of thalidomide-induced peripheral neuropathy among ankylosing spondylitis patients for 1 year after treatment. In this study, 207 ankylosing spondylitis cases received thalidomide treatment, while 116 ankylosing spondylitis cases received other treatments. Results showed that the incidence of thalidomide-induced peripheral neuropathy in the thalidomide group was higher than that in the non-thalidomide group. There was no significant difference in the incidence of neuropathy between the < 6 months medication and ? 6 months medication groups. There were no differences in the mean age, gender, or daily dose between the two groups. The incidence of peripheral neuropathy among patients receiving 25, 50, 75, or 100 mg thalidomide per day was 4.6%, 8.5%, 17.1%, 21.7%, respectively. The incidence was significantly different between the groups receiving 25 mg and 100 mg thalidomide. In conclusion, thalidomide can induce peripheral neuropathy within 1 year after treatment of ankylosing spondylitis; however, age and gender have no obvious impact on the incidence of peripheral neuropathy. The incidence of peripheral neuropathy is associated with increasing daily doses of thalidomide.

  16. Marginal erosive discovertebral ''Romanus'' lesions in ankylosing spondylitis demonstrated by contrast enhanced Gd-DTPA magnetic resonance imaging

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    Objective. To assess the value of Gd-DTPA magnetic resonance (MR) imaging in the demonstration of marginal destructive discovertebral Romanus lesions in ankylosing spondylitis.Design and patients. A prospective study of Gd-DTPA MR imaging was performed in 39 patients with a clinical diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis and typical Romanus lesions seen on radiographs of the thoracolumbar spine. MR morphological appearances and signal intensity changes at the discovertebral junctions were analysed and compared with the radiographic findings.Results. Ninety-nine discovertebral junctions with Romanus lesions showed low signal intensity on T1-weighted and high signal on T2-weighted and T1-weighted postcontrast images at the vertebral corners consistent with oedematous hyperaemic inflammatory tissue. There were nine discovertebral junctions with similar MR findings but normal radiographs. Fifty-three discovertebral junctions showed syndesmophyte formation with increased signal intensity on both T1- and T2-weighted images with no contrast enhancement. Sixty-five discovertebral junctions showed a mixture of radiographic features and varied high and low signal changes at the vertebral rim on MR imaging with rims of enhancement in the vertebral body following contrast administration.Conclusion. Gd-DTPA MR imaging demonstrates a variable signal pattern and degree of contrast enhancement which may reflect the evolutionary stages of discovertebral enthesitis in ankylosing spondylitis. MR imaging may identify early erosive changes in radiographically normal vertebra. The role of MR imaging needs further investigation. (orig.)

  17. Serum prolidase activity in ankylosing spondylitis and rheumatoid arthritis.

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    Uçar, Demet; Em, Serda; Bozkurt, Mehtap; Oktayoglu, Pelin; Yüksel, Hatice Kurt; Caglayan, Mehmet; Gezer, Orhan; Nas, Kemal

    2013-01-01

    The aim of the present study was to emphasize the collagen turnover in 2 of the most common chronic inflammatory rheumatic diseases by evaluating serum prolidase activity (SPA) in ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). 30 patients who met the modified New York Criteria for the classification of AS, 29 patients who met the 2010 Rheumatoid Arthritis Classification Criteria for the classification of RA, and 31 healthy controls were enrolled in the study. Serum samples of the patients and the controls were collected and SPA was measured by a spectrophotometric method. The comparison of the SPA in these 3 groups was statistically examined. In both patient groups, the SPA was lower than in the control group. SPA in patients with AS was statistically significantly lower than in the control and RA groups (P < 0.001/P = 0.002). No statistically significant difference was found between the RA and the control groups (P = 0.891). In conclusion, lower SPA is presumably associated with decreased collagen turnover and fibrosis, leading to decreased physical functions in both chronic inflammatory musculoskeletal diseases. PMID:23966806

  18. The abilities of golimumab in the therapy of ankylosing spondylitis

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    Sh. F. Erdes

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available The paper summarizes the data of the GO-RAISE trial evaluating the efficacy and tolerability of golimumab (GLM in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS. The trial was launched in 57 clinical centers of North America, Europe, and Asia in 2005. It enrolled 356 patients with high AS activity (BASDAI?4 in whom previous and current therapies with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs or disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs were ineffective. Group 1 patients received subcutaneous placebo; Group 2 had subcutaneous GLM 50 mg; Group 3 took GLM 100 mg every 4 weeks. Concomitant therapy with methotrexate, sulfasalazine, hydroxychloroquine, glucocorticoids, and NSAIDs was continued in previous doses. The investigators have concluded that GLM therapy in patients with AS gives rise to a rapid clinical and radiographic response that persists for a long time. Although no comparative trials of GLM versus other tumor necrosis factor-? (TNF-? inhibitors used to treat AS have conducted, the available data show that its efficacy and tolerability in these patients are similar to those of the TNF-? inhibitors already used in Russia. The GLM dose of 100 mg is noted to be worse tolerated than that of 50 mg with their practically equal clinical efficacy. The standard dose of GLM is 50 mg subcutaneously administered once monthly for all indications, including also for AS.

  19. Is there a relationship between endothelial nitric oxide synthase gene polymorphisms and ankylosing spondylitis?

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    Ismail, Sari; Yusuf Ziya, Igci; Gercek, Can; Ali, Taylan; Dilek, Solmaz; Bulent, Gogebakan; Servet, Akar; Zeynep, Eslik; Giray, Bozkaya; Nurullah, Akkoc.

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: Nitric oxide is produced by endothelial nitric oxide synthase, and its production can be influenced by polymorphisms of the endothelial nitric oxide synthase gene. Because candidate genes responsible for susceptibility to ankylosing spondylitis are mostly unknown and available data sugges [...] t that there may be problems related to the nitric oxide pathway, such as endothelial dysfunction and increased asymmetric dimethylarginine, this study aimed to assess the association of common endothelial nitric oxide synthase gene polymorphisms with ankylosing spondylitis. METHODS: One hundred ninety-four unrelated Turkish ankylosing spondylitis patients and 113 healthy without apparent cardiovascular disease, hypertension or diabetes mellitus were included. All individuals were genotyped by PCR-RFLP for two single-nucleotide polymorphisms, namely 786T>C (rs2070744, promoter region) and 786 Glu298Asp (rs1799983, exon 7). Variable numbers of tandem repeat polymorphisms in intron 4 were also studied and investigated by direct electrophoresis on agarose gel following polymerase chain reaction analysis. The Bath ankylosing spondylitis metrology index of the patients was calculated, and human leukocyte antigen B27 was studied. RESULTS: All studied polymorphisms satisfied Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium. Sex distributions were similar between the patient and control groups. No significant differences were found in the distributions of allele and genotype frequencies of the studied endothelial nitric oxide synthase polymorphisms between patients and controls. There were no correlations between endothelial nitric oxide synthase polymorphisms, disease duration, Bath ankylosing spondylitis metrology index or human leukocyte antigen B27. CONCLUSION: The results presented in this study do not support a major role of common endothelial nitric oxide synthase polymorphisms in Turkish ankylosing spondylitis patients.

  20. Cervix Cancer in a Patient With Ankylosing Spondylitis Using Etanercept: A Case Report

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    P?nar Doruk

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Tumor necrosis factor-alpha inhibitors (anti TNF-alpha are agents that increasingly used in the treatment of ankylosing spondylitis resistant to classical disease-modifying treatment and they provide better functional outcome. However, these agents have serious side effects. Their safety has been questioned by several published reports of increased risk for malignancies. In this study, we present a patient with ankylosing spondylitis who developed cervix cancer after receiving anti TNF-alpha therapy for 19 months. Turk J Phys Med Re­hab 2012;58:162-4.

  1. Uveitis in spondyloarthritis including psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and inflammatory bowel disease.

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    Rosenbaum, James T

    2015-06-01

    Uveitis is a common complication of spondyloarthritis. The "phenotype" of the uveitis characteristic of ankylosing spondylitis (sudden onset, anterior, unilateral, recurrent, more often male) may differ from the phenotype often seen with either psoriatic arthritis or inflammatory bowel disease (insidious onset, anterior and intermediate, bilateral, chronic, and/or more often female). The frequency of uveitis is also much greater in association with ankylosing spondylitis than with either inflammatory bowel disease or psoriasis. Uveitis may affect the choice of therapy and can rarely be a complication of therapy. Uveitis and arthritis also co-exist in several animal models. PMID:25953065

  2. A case of severe ankylosing spondylitis posted for hip replacement surgery

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    Nalini Kotekar

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    Full Text Available A 50-year-old male patient with history of ankylosing spondylitis (AS for 30 years presented for hip replacement surgery. Airway management in ankylosing spondylitis patients presents the most serious array of intubation and airway hazards imagin-able, which is secondary to decrease in cervical spine mobility and possible temporo-mandibular joint disease. Literatures support definitive airway management and many authors consider regional anaesthesia to be contraindicated. The reasons cited include inability to gain neuraxial access and the need for urgent airway control in case of complication of regional anaesthesia.

  3. Response to anti-TNF-? treatment for secondary renal amyloidosis in a patient with ankylosing spondylitis

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    A. Gallo

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Renal amyloidosis is a complication of ankylosing spondylitis. A possible pathogenetic role is due to TNF-?, with a direct action on glomerular receptors TNFR2 and renal injury, secondary to deposition of amyloid fibrils. The most frequent clinical manifestation is proteinuria or nephrotic syndrome. Etanercept, a soluble receptor of TNF-?, binds this circulant cytokine with a progressive improvement of renal function and reduction of deposits of amyloid. Transient leukopenia, observed during ankylosing spondylitis, should not be considered a controindication to the use of Etanercept, but it requires a constant monitoring. The benefit observed in our patient can represent an indication to the use of Etanercept for the management of amyloidosis.

  4. Clinical study on effectiveness of leflunomide compared with sulfasalazine in treatment of ankylosing spondylitis

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    Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness and safety of leflunomide compared with sulfasalazine in treatment of ankylosing spondylitis. Methods: Sixty cases of ankylosing spondylitis were randomized into two groups:in 30 patients leflunomide was taken and in 30 patients were treated with sulfasalazine.The treatment lasted one year after discharge. The observation items included symptoms and sign, the bath ankylosing spondylitis disease activity index(BASDAI), the bath ankylosing spondytis function index (BASFI) and side effects have been used to assess the responsiveness of lefunomide and sulfasalazine therapy at study entry, three months, six months and twelve months after treatment. Results: In the third, sixth and twelfth months of follow-up, the lumbosacral portion pain, the time of lumbodorsal morning stiffness, the count of joint pain, BASDAI, BASFI, erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), C-reaction protein (CRP) were all significantly lower than those on admission (P0.05). The incidence rates of gastrointestinal symptoms of leflunomide was less than those of sulfasalazine. Conclusion: The effectiveness of leflunomide was the same as those of sulfasalazine in treatment of ankylosing spondylitis. The adverse events of leflunomide are less than those of sulfasalazine. (authors)

  5. The Relationship Between Bath Indexes and Osteoporosis in Male Patients with Axial Ankylosing Spondylitis

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    Nurullah Akkoc

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Osteoporosis is a common complication of patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS. There is no avaible data for the indications of bone mineral density (BMD measurement related to osteoporosis diagnosis at AS patients. The aim of this study is to investigate the relationship between Bath indexes and BMD in patients with AS.Materials and Methods: 45 male AS patients (mean age: 46.96±13.58 years and 41 healthy male controls (mean age: 48.93±6.86 years were enrolled in the study. Patients with AS were evaluated with Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index (BASDAI, Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Functional Index (BASFI, Bath Spondylitis Metrology Index (BASMI and Bath Ankylosing spondylitis Radiology Index (BASRI. The BMD of AS and control group patients were assessed at hip (femoral neck, Ward’s triangle and femur trochanter and lumbar area.Results: We have found a significant difference at the femoral ward triangle and lomber spine BMD and T scores in favour of AS patients (p<0.05. BASMI scores were negatively correlated with femoral neck and femoral ward triangle (p<0.05. BASDAI, BASFI scores were not correlated with BMD and T scores of any measured regions.Conclusion: We found that femur ward triangle may be appropriate to evaluate bone loss in patients with AS. BASMI score is a useful tool to determine BMD in patients with AS.

  6. Lung parenchymal changes in patients with ankylosing spondylitis

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    Zehra Isik Hasiloglu

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available AIM: To assess lung parenchymal changes in ankylosing spondylitis (AS using high resolution computed tomography (HRCT. METHODS: We included 78 AS patients whose average age was 33.87 (18-56 years with a ratio of 53 males to 25 females who were followed up for 3.88 (1-22 years on average. Pneumonia and tuberculosis were excluded. In a detailed examination of lung HRCT findings, we investigated the presence of parenchymal micronodules, parenchymal bands, subpleural bands, interlobular and intralobular septal thickening, irregularity of interfaces, ground-glass opacity, consolidation, mosaic pattern, bronchial wall thickening, bronchial dilatation, tracheal dilatation, pleural thickening, emphysema, thoracic cage asymmetry, honeycomb appearance, structural distortion, apical fibrosis and other additional findings. RESULTS: In detailed HRCT evaluations, lung parenchymal changes were found in 46 (59% of all patients. We found parenchymal bands in 21 (27% cases, interlobular septal thickening in 9 (12%, emphysema in 9 (12%, apical fibrosis in 8 (10%, ground-glass opacities in 7 (9%, parenchymal micronodules in 5 (6%, irregularity in interfaces in 3 (4%, bronchial dilatation in 3 (4%, mosaic pattern in 2 (3%, pleural thickening in 2 (3%, consolidation in 1 (1%, bronchial wall thickening in 1 (1% and a subpleural band in 1 (1% case. Furthermore, we detected subsegmental atelectasis in 2 patients and a cavitary lesion in 1 patient. CONCLUSION: Our study had the highest number of AS cases of all previous studies in evaluating lung parenchymal changes. The rate of lung parenchymal changes was slightly lower than that reported in recent literature.

  7. Leukemia mortality after X-ray treatment for ankylosing spondylitis

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    Leukemia mortality has been studied in 14,767 adult ankylosing spondylitis patients diagnosed between 1935 and 1957 in the United Kingdom, of whom 13,914 patients received X-ray treatment. By 1 January 1992, there were 60 leukemia deaths among the irradiated patients, almost treble that expected from national rates. Among those irradiated, the ratio of observed to expected deaths for leukemia other than chronic lymphocytic leukemia was greatest in the period 1-5 years after the first treatment (ratio = 11.01, 95% confidence interval 5.26-20.98) and decreased to 1.87 (95% confidence interval 0.94-3.36) in the 25+ year period. There was no significant variation in this ratio with sex or age at first treatment. The ratio for chronic lymphocytic leukemia was slightly but not significantly raised (ratio=1.44, 95% confidence interval 0.62-2.79). Most irradiated patients received all their exposure within a year. Based on 1 in 15 random sample, the mean total marrow dose was 4.38 Gy. Doses were nonuniform, with heaviest doses to the lower spine. The risk for nonchronic lymphocytic leukemia was adequately described by a linear-exponential model that allowed for cell sterilization in heavily exposed parts of the marrow and time since exposure. Ten years after first exposure, the linear component of excess relative risk was 12.37 per Gy (95% confidence interval 2.25-52.07), and it was estimated that cell sterilization reduced the excess relative risk by 47% at 1 Gy (95% confidence interval 17%-79%). The average predicted relative risk in the period 1-25 years after exposure to a uniform dose of 1 Gy was 7.00. 20 refs., 2 figs., 8 tabs

  8. Predictive factors for partial remission according to the Ankylosing Spondylitis Assessment Study working group in patients with ankylosing spondylitis treated with anti-TNF? drugs

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    F.M. Perrotta

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this study was to evaluate the predictive factors for achieving partial remission (PR in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS treated with anti-TNF?. We longitudinally enrolled in a multi-center study 214 AS patients, classified according to New York criteria, treated with anti-TNF? drugs adalimumab (ADA, etanercept (ETA and infliximab (INF with at least 12 months of follow up. PR was reached when the score was <20 mm (on a visual analogue scale of 0-100 mm in each of the following 4 domains: 1 patient global assessment (in the last week; 2 pain (spinal pain; 3 function [measured by the bath ankylosing spondylitis functional index (BASFI]; 4 inflammation [mean of intensity and duration of morning stiffness, from the bath ankylosing spondylitis disease activity index (BASDAI]. Two hundred fourteen AS patients (M/F=160/54; median age/range=43.2/19-78 years; median disease duration/ range=96/36-189 months were treated with ADA (15.8%, ETA (28.9% and INF (55.1%. At 12 and 24 months, high serum level of C reactive protein (CRP (?2 vs ?0.8 mg/dL were associated with higher rate of PR in AS patients treated with anti-TNF? drugs. At 24 months, PR was associated with shorter disease duration (?36 vs ?189 months and higher erythrosedimentation rate (ESR values (?45 vs ?17 mm/h. In male patients lower bath ankylosing spondylitis metrology index (BASMI (?2 vs ?6 and absence of psoriasis were associated with higher PR rate only at 12 months. Other parameters assessed before treatment, such as BASDAI, BASFI, peripheral arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and uveitis were not associated with PR. Our long-term longitudinal study in a setting of clinical practice showed that inflammatory parameters (i.e. CRP, ESR and disease duration represent the most important predictive variables to achieve PR with an anti-TNF? treatment.

  9. Why golimumab in the treatment of psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and rheumatoid arthritis?

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    M. Rossini

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Golimumab is an anti-TNF monoclonal antibody administred subcutaneously once a month and produced with an innovative technology that minimizes immunogenicity. This paper reviews and updates the main studies on the efficacy, safety and pharmacoeconomic aspects of treatment with golimumab of psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and rheumatoid arthritis.

  10. Long-term safety and efficacy of etanercept in the treatment of ankylosing spondylitis

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    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available José Miguel Senabre-Gallego,1 Carlos Santos-Ramirez,2 Gregorio Santos-Soler,1 Esteban Salas-Heredia,1 Mabel Sánchez-Barrioluengo,3 Xavier Barber,4 José Rosas1 On behalf of the AIRE-MB group 1Rheumatology, Hospital Marina Baixa, Villajoyosa, 2Rheumatology, Hospital Marina Salud, Denia, 3INGENIO (Instituto de Gestión de la Inovación y del Conocimiento (CSIC [Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas]-UPV [Universidad Politécnica de Valencia], Universitat Politècnica de València, Valencia, 4CIO (Centro de Investigación Operativa-UMH (Universidad Miguel Hernández, Universidad Miguel Henández, Elche, Spain Abstract: To date, anti-tumor necrosis factor alfa (anti-TNF-? therapy is the only alternative to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for the treatment of ankylosing spondylitis. Etanercept is a soluble TNF receptor, with a mode of action and pharmacokinetics different to those of antibodies and distinctive efficacy and safety. Etanercept has demonstrated efficacy in the treatment of ankylosing spondylitis, with or without radiographic sacroiliitis, and other manifestations of the disease, including peripheral arthritis, enthesitis, and psoriasis. Etanercept is not efficacious in inflammatory bowel disease, and its efficacy in the treatment of uveitis appears to be lower than that of other anti-TNF drugs. Studies of etanercept confirmed regression of bone edema on magnetic resonance imaging of the spine and sacroiliac joint, but failed to reduce radiographic progression, as do the other anti-TNF drugs. It seems that a proportion of patients remain in disease remission when the etanercept dose is reduced or administration intervals are extended. Etanercept is generally well tolerated with an acceptable safety profile in the treatment of ankylosing spondylitis. The most common adverse effect of etanercept treatment is injection site reactions, which are generally self-limiting. Reactivation of tuberculosis, reactivation of hepatitis B virus infection, congestive heart failure, demyelinating neurologic disorders, hematologic disorders like aplastic anemia and pancytopenia, vasculitis, immunogenicity, and exacerbation or induction of psoriasis are class effects of all the anti-TNF drugs, and have been seen in patients with ankylosing spondylitis. However, etanercept is less likely to induce reactivation of tuberculosis than the other anti-TNF drugs and it has been suggested that etanercept might be less immunogenic, especially in ankylosing spondylitis. Acute uveitis, Crohn’s disease, and sarcoidosis are other adverse events that have been rarely associated with etanercept therapy in patients with ankylosing spondylitis. Keywords: ankylosing spondylitis, etanercept, spondyloarthritis, efficacy, safety

  11. Assessment of subclinical atherosclerosis in ankylosing spondylitis: correlations with disease activity indices

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    F.M. Perrotta

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the study was to evaluate atherosclerosis in ankylosing spondylitis (AS through the assessment of morphological and functional measures of subclinical atherosclerosis. Twenty patients [M/F=12/8, age (median/range 43.5/28-69 years; disease duration (median/range 9.7/1-36 years] with AS classified according to modified New York criteria and twenty age and sex related healthy controls with negative past medical history for cardiovascular events were enrolled in the study. In all patients and controls, the intima-media thickness (IMT of common carotid artery, carotid bulb and internal carotid artery, and the flow-mediated dilatation (FMD of non-dominant arm brachial artery were determined, using a sonographic probe Esaote GPX (Genoa, Italy. Furthermore, we assess the main disease activity and disability indices [bath ankylosing spondylitis disease activity index, ankylosing spondylitis disease activity score-eritrosedimentation rate (ASDAS-ESR, ASDAS-C-reactive protein (CRP, bath ankylosing spondylitis metrology index, bath ankylosing spondylitis functional index and acute phase reactants. Plasmatic values of total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein, high-density lipoprotein, triglyceride and homocysteine were carried out in all twenty patients. IMT at carotid bulb was significant higher in patients than in controls (0.67 mm vs 0.54 mm; P=0.03. FMD did not statistically differ between patients and controls (12.5% vs 15%; P>0.05. We found a correlation between IMT at carotid bulb and ESR (rho 0.43; P=0.04. No correlation was found between FMD and disease activity and disability indices. This study showed that in AS patients, without risk factors for cardiovascular disease, carotid bulb IMT, morphological index of subclinical atherosclerosis, is higher than in controls.

  12. Ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic arthritis: clinical and economic consequences of the use of etanercept

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    Viola Sacchi

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Spondyloarthritis (SpA is the name for a family of inflammatory rheumatic disease that can affect the spine and joints, ligaments and tendons. Spondyloarthritis disease include ankylosing spondylitis, reactive arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, the spondylitis associated with the inflammatory bowel diseases and the undifferentiated spondyloarthritis. The most common treatments prescribed for spondyloarthritis are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs given in combination with disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs. Due to a recently suggested role of the tumour necrosis factor (TNFa in the pathogenesis of SpA, new therapies specifically blocking TNFa have been investigated. Anti-TNF medications currently available on the Italian market are etanercept, infliximab and adalimumab. The aim of the present work was to furnish a clinical and pharmaco-economical profile of etanercept in treatment of psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis based on a review of the published literature. Economical evaluations performed in several countries indicate that total treatment costs are lower with etanercept and adalimumab as compared to infliximab, mainly because of differences in the route of administration. Etanercept appears to be cost effective for the treatment of psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis especially considering improved health related quality of life and lower medical costs due to superior efficacy of treatment.

  13. The indirect costs of ankylosing spondylitis: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

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    Malinowski, Krzysztof Piotr; Kawalec, Pawe?

    2015-04-01

    The aim of this systematic review was to collect and summarize all current data on the indirect costs related to absenteeism and presenteeism associated with ankylosing spondylitis. The search was conducted using Medline, Embase and Centre for Reviews and Dissemination databases. All collected costs were recalculated to average annual cost per patient, expressed in 2013 prices USD using the consumer price index and purchasing power parity. Identified studies were then analyzed to assess their possible inclusion in the meta-analysis. We identified 32 records. The average annual indirect cost per patient varies among all the identified results from US$660.95 to 45,953.87. The mean annual indirect per patient equals US$6454.76. This systematic review summarizes current data related to indirect costs generated by ankylosing spondylitis; it revealed the great economic burden of the disease for society. We observed a great variety of the considered components of indirect costs and their definitions. PMID:25579502

  14. Anti-TNF Therapy in Ankylosing Spondylitis: Insights for the Clinician

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    Coates, Laura C.; Marzo-Ortega, Helena; Bennett, Alexander N.; EMERY, PAUL

    2010-01-01

    The introduction of tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-blocking therapy has revolutionized the management of ankylosing spondylitis (AS) over the last decade. This review highlights the current evidence relating to the use of TNF-blocking therapy in AS. International guidelines for the use of TNF blockers in AS are summarized. An outline of the evidence for efficacy and safety of these drugs is included, highlighting recent data from registries and real-life observational studies. Such cohort data ...

  15. Reducing work disability in Ankylosing Spondylitis – development of a work instability scale for AS

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    Helliwell Philip; Smyth M Glyn; Barkham Nick; Emery Paul; Gilworth Gill; Tennant Alan

    2009-01-01

    Abstract Background The Work Instability Scale for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA-WIS) is established and is used by physicians to identify patients at risk of job loss for rapid intervention. The study objective was to explore the concept of Work Instability (a mismatch between an individual's abilities and job demands) in Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) and develop a Work Instability Scale specific to this population. Methods New items generated from qualitative interviews were combined with items fr...

  16. Genetic aspects of susceptibility, severity, and clinical expression in ankylosing spondylitis.

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    Brown, MA; Crane, AM; Wordsworth, BP

    2002-01-01

    While twin studies have previously demonstrated high heritability of susceptibility to ankylosing spondylitis (AS), it is only recently that the involvement of genetic factors in determining the severity of the disease has been demonstrated. The genes involved in determining the rate of ankylosis in AS are likely to be different from those involved in the underlying immunologic events, and represent important potential targets for treatment of AS. This article will describe the progress that ...

  17. Precision of Syndesmophyte Volume Measurement for Ankylosing Spondylitis: a Phantom Study Using High Resolution CT

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    Tan, Sovira; Yao, Jianhua; Yao, Lawrence; WARD, MICHAEL M.

    2009-01-01

    Ankylosing Spondylitis is a disease characterized by abnormal bone structures (syndesmophytes) growing at intervertebral disk spaces (IDS). The growth of syndesmophytes is typically monitored by visual inspection of radiographs. The limitations inherent to the modality (2D projection of a 3D object) and rater (qualitative human judgment) entail a possibly important loss in sensitivity. We previously presented a method designed to overcome both limitations: a computer algorithm that quantitati...

  18. Fetuin-A is related to syndesmophytes in patients with ankylosing spondylitis: a case control study

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    Tugba, Tuylu; Ismail, Sari; Dilek, Solmaz; Didem Leyla, Kozaci; Servet, Akar; Necati, Gunay; Fatos, Onen; Nurullah, Akkoc.

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVES: New bone formation is one of the hallmark characteristics of ankylosing spondylitis, which is thereby associated with syndesmophytes. Fetuin-A is a molecule that is abundantly found in calcified tissues and it shows high affinity for calcium phosphate minerals and related compounds. Con [...] sidering the role of fetuin-A in the regulation of calcified matrix metabolism, we compared the fetuin-A levels in ankylosing spondylitis patients with syndesmophytes with those in patients without syndesmophytes and in healthy controls. We also studied other biomarkers that are thought to be related to syndesmophytes. METHODS: Ninety-four patients (49 patients without syndesmophytes, 67.3% male, 40.7±8.7 years; 45 patients with syndesmophytes, 71.1% M, 43.9±9.9 years) and 68 healthy controls (44.2±10.6 years and 70.6% male) were included in this study. Syndesmophytes were assessed on the lateral radiographs of the cervical and lumbar spine. The serum levels of fetuin-A, dickkopf-1, sclerostin, IL-6, high-sensitivity C-reactive protein and bone morphogenetic protein-7 were measured with an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. RESULTS: Patients with syndesmophytes had significantly higher levels of fetuin-A compared with patients without syndesmophytes and controls (1.16±0.13, 1.05±0.09 and 1.08±0.13 mg/ml, respectively). However, fetuin-A was not different between the patients without syndesmophytes and controls. Bone morphogenetic protein-7 was significantly lower; dickkopf-1 was significantly higher in patients with ankylosing spondylitis compared with controls. The sclerostin concentrations were not different between the groups. In regression analysis, fetuin-A was an independent, significant predictor of syndesmophytes. CONCLUSION: Our results suggest that fetuin-A may a role in the pathogenesis of bony proliferation in ankylosing spondylitis.

  19. Inefficacy or Paradoxical Effect? Uveitis in Ankylosing Spondylitis Treated with Etanercept

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    Bernd Raffeiner; Francesca Ometto; Livio Bernardi; Costantino Botsios; Leonardo Punzi

    2014-01-01

    Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is presented with axial and peripheral articular involvement. Uveitis is a severe and rather specific manifestation of AS. Biologics targeting tumor necrosis factor (TNF) ? are effective on both articular and ocular manifestations of disease. The occurrence of uveitis in patients that never had eye involvement or the relapse of uveitis is described during anti-TNF? treatment. The frequency of these events is slightly higher during therapy with etanercept. The avail...

  20. Relationship Between Bone Mineral Density and Disease Activity in Patients with Ankylosing Spondylitis

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    Hasan Ulusoy; Ayhan Bilgici; Ömer Kuru; Nebahat Sar?ca; ?ule Arslan; Ünal Erkorkmaz

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    Objective: This retrospective study was planned to determine the relationship between bone mineral density (BMD) and clinical, radiological and laboratory parameters in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Materials and Methods: The study group consisted of 28 patients with a mean disease duration of 11.9±6.1 years. In addition to clinical and demographic variables, lumbar and femoral BMD were evaluated with dual energy X-ray absorbtiometry. Lumbar spine score (LSS) and sacroiliac scor...

  1. Osteoporotic Lumbar Compression Fracture in Patient with Ankylosing Spondylitis Treated with Kyphoplasty

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    Kim, Gang Deuk; Chae, Soo Uk; Kim, Yeung Jin; Choi, Deok Hwa

    2013-01-01

    Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is an inflammatory disease primarily affecting the spine. Osteoporosis can be a complication of AS and associated with low bone mineral density. As well, spinal fractures in the AS are usually unstable and may cause neurologic deficit at the mainly cervical region with low energy trauma. However, reports of lumbar compression fracture in AS are very rare. Thus, we report a 73-year-old male patient with osteoporotic L3 compression fracture with AS treated with kypho...

  2. [Lipoma arborescens of the knee in a patient with ankylosing spondylitis: case report and literature review].

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    Melo, Elisa Fernandes de; Rivera, Lina Maria Saldarriaga; Quiroz, Luis Alberto Delgado; Bica, Blanca Elena Rios Gomes

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    Lipoma arborescens (LA) is defined as a villous lipomatous proliferation of the synovial membrane with diffuse substitution of the synovial tissue by mature fat cells. The injury is very rare, involving the knee joint (suprapatellar region) and is associated with degenerative joint disease. We describe the case of a male patient, suffering from ankylosing spondylitis with monoarthritis of the right knee and swelling in suprapatellar region important. The diagnosis of lipoma arborescens was confirmed from the MRI of the right knee. PMID:25805185

  3. Response to anti-TNF-? treatment for secondary renal amyloidosis in a patient with ankylosing spondylitis

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    GALLO, A.; M.G. Ferrucci; S. Bellissimo; S. Stisi

    2011-01-01

    Renal amyloidosis is a complication of ankylosing spondylitis. A possible pathogenetic role is due to TNF-?, with a direct action on glomerular receptors TNFR2 and renal injury, secondary to deposition of amyloid fibrils. The most frequent clinical manifestation is proteinuria or nephrotic syndrome. Etanercept, a soluble receptor of TNF-?, binds this circulant cytokine with a progressive improvement of renal function and reduction of deposits of amyloid. Transient leukopenia, observed during ...

  4. A comparison of serum biochemistry in ankylosing spondylitis, seronegative and seropositive rheumatoid arthritis.

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    Dixon, J. S.; Bird, H A; Wright, V

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    The serum biochemistry of 31 patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) was compared with that of 80 patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) (ARA criteria), 30 of whom were negative for circulating rheumatoid factor and 50 of whom were 'seropositive'. All patients were selected because of moderate to severe disease activity. All 3 groups had distinctive biochemical profiles. Total serum sulphydryl and haemoglobin were particularly good discriminators between AS and RA, IgG, IgA, and acute-phas...

  5. Ankylosing spondylitis: a difficult diagnosis in patients on long-term renal replacement therapy.

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    SEGOLONI, Giuseppe Paolo; PICCOLI, Giorgina Barbara; Biancone, Luigi

    2002-01-01

    We report the case of a 48-year-old male, whose musculoskeletal manifestations, previously related to long-term renal replacement therapy (RRT), were diagnosed as ankylosing spondylitis when symptoms changed their pattern on daily hemodialysis (DHD). The patient started RRT in 1981; in 1985 he received a cadaver graft, which failed in 1987. Secondary hyperparathyroidism, amyloid geoids, bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome and high aluminium levels were present. Musculoskeletal pain, reported sin...

  6. Osteoclast activity in ankylosing spondylitis patients before and after TNF-blocking therapy

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    Raposeiro, Rita Maria Mendes

    2014-01-01

    Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a chronic inflammatory rheumatic disease of the axial skeleton. The major outcome of this disease is defined by new bone formation, commonly observed in the ligaments of the intervertebral joints, that can lead to the formation of bony spurs, known as syndesmophytes. Previous studies have shown that serum levels of TNF, IL-6 and IL-17 are increased in AS patients and may be implicated in the development of secondary osteoporosis, since these cytokines are abl...

  7. Might axial myofascial properties and biomechanical mechanisms be relevant to ankylosing spondylitis and axial spondyloarthritis?

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    Masi, Alfonse T

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    Ankylosing spondylitis and axial spondyloarthropathy have characteristic age- and sex-specific onset patterns, typical entheseal lesions, and marked heritability, but the integrative mechanisms causing the pathophysiological and structural alterations remain largely undefined. Myofascial tissues are integrated in the body into webs and networks which permit transmission of passive and active tensional forces that provide stabilizing support and help to control movements. Axial myofascial hype...

  8. Prospects for the use of celecoxib in patients with ankylosing spondylitis: impact on retarding disease progression

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    Yulia Leonidovna Korsakova

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Ankylosing spondylitis (AS is one of the major inflammatory diseases that affect the vertebral column and joints. The first-line drugs for the treatment of this disease are now nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs that not only reduce painful sensations and rigidity, but also retard the radiological progression of AS. Celecoxib is one of the effective and safe NDAIDs that are promising for the treatment of AS.

  9. Low dose multi-slice spiral CT scanning in sacroiliac joint with ankylos-ing spondylitis

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    Objective: To evaluate the feasibility of low dose multi-slice spiral CT (MSCT) scanning in ankylosing spondylitis patients with sacroiliac lesions. Methods: Ninety-nine patients suspicion of ankylosing spondylitis were examined with MSCT. These cases were randomly divided into three different tube current set groups (200 mA, 80 mA and 40 mA), and the other scan parameters were the same. The weighted volume CT dose index (CTDIvol) and dose length product (DLP) were recorded. The image quality was assessed by two radiologists with double-blind method. The results were analyzed by Chi-square test and Variance test. Results: The image quality in 80 mA group and conventional tube current set (200 mA) group can meet the diagnostic requirements, there was no significant difference between the two groups (P>0.05). However, CTDIvol in 80 mA group was only 40% of conventional tube current group, and DLP decreased significantly (P>0.05). The image quality in 40 mA group can not meet the diagnostic requirements, compared with the conventional tube current set group, there was a significant difference between the two groups in image quality (P>0.05). Conclusion: The low dose CT scans in ankylosing spondylitis patients satisfy clinical diagnostic demand, and it clinical application is valuable. (authors)

  10. Validation of the Italian versions of the Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Functional Index (BASFI and the Dougados Functional Index (DFI in patients with ankylosing spondylitis

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    W. Grassi

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Objectives: The Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Functional Index (BASFI and the Dougados Functional Index (DFI are the most commonly used instruments to measure functioning in ankylosing spondylitis (AS. The aim of this study was to translate, adapt and validate these instruments into the Italian language. Methods: The BASFI and DFI questionnaires were translated into Italian by two independent bilingual physicians who were familiar with the medical aspects of AS and by one professional translator. Two rheumatologists familiar with instrument validation, and who were aware of the purpose of the study, examined semantic, idiomatic and conceptual issues and produced by consensus unified versions of each instrument. English back-translations from the Italian were done by a professional translator unaware of the original version. Both English versions were compared, and where needed, modifications to the Italian versions were made. Results: A total of 95 patients were included: 77 males, age (mean±SD 47.9±9.3years, and disease duration 12.4±6.6 years, and 18 females, age 45.9±8.7 years, and disease duration 11.3±8.2 years. Reliability, measured in 23 patients participating a physiotherapy program, showed an acceptable one-week test-retest intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC - BASFI ICC: 0.91, 95% CI: 0,87-0.94 and DFI ICC: 0.86, 95% CI: 0.83-0.90. The internal consistency was 0.90 (Cronbach’s alpha for the BASFI and 0.87 for the DFI. For validity the functional indices were correlated with the Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index (BASDAI, Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Metrology Index (BASMI, Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Patient Global Score (BAS-G, modified Health Assesment Questionnaire (HAQ-S, SF-36 physical component summary (SF-36 PCS, stiffness, pain, physician’s assessment of disease activity, Bath AS Radiology Index-total (BASRI-t, erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR, and C-reactive protein (CRP. The functional indices (BASFI and DFI were correlated with each other (p<0.0001 and with activity variables. There was no significant relationship between functional indices and BASRI-t and acute phase reactants. The receiver operating characteristic (ROC curve analysis indicated that the BASFI ranked superior compared to HAQ-S, (p = 0.019 and SF36 PCS (p = 0.002, but not respect to DFI (p = NS, in distinguishing between patients with high and low disease activity. Conclusions: The Italian versions of the BASFI and DFI showed adequate reliability and validity in patients with AS. Because of psychometric advantages, the BASFI may be preferred in clinical trial settings. However, sensitivity to changes due to drug therapy and/or rehabilitation remains to be determined.

  11. Fluoroscopy-guided Intra-articular Sacroiliac Joint Steroid Injection for Sacroiliitis in Ankylosing Spondylitis: A Case Report.

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    Dawson, P Ua; Dewar, N A; Tulloch-Reid, D

    2014-01-01

    Sacroiliitis, a condition commonly seen in Ankylosing Spondylitis, is well known to be one of the main pain generators of low back pain, which may result in difficulty with walking. A 20-year old male with history of ankylosing spondylitis presented to the University Hospital of the West Indies, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation clinic, with a two-year history of right buttock, low back and groin pain. Radiographic evaluation revealed increased sclerosis and erosive changes in bilateral sacroiliac joints, right greater than left. Right intra-articular sacroiliac joint steroid injection was administered under fluoroscopy guidance. Post-injection visual analogue pain scale (VAS) score with activity improved from 8 to 1 and Oswestry Disability Index improved from 40% moderate disability to 16% minimal disability. The patient's overall assessment was 95% perceived improvement in pain. This case report illustrates the effectiveness of intra-articular sacroiliac joint steroid injection in treating sacroiliitis in ankylosing spondylitis. PMID:25303203

  12. Effects of balneotherapy on the reactants of acute inflammation phase in Ankylosing spondylitis

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    Stamenkovi? Bojana

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Ankylosing spondylitis (AS is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects sacroiliac joints, spinal column and peripheral joints. Beside medication therapy, physical and balneotherapy play an important role in its complex treatment. Objective. The aim of the research was to establish serum concentrations of C-reactive protein (CRP, ? 1-acid glycoprotein (? 1-AGP, ceruloplasmine (CP and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (SE before and after the balneotherapy in ankylosing spondylitis. Methods. The research included 50 AS patients according to the revised New York criteria, of mean age 43 years, who were treated for 14 days on the average at the Clinic for Rheumatology of the Institute 'Niška Banja'. All the patients received medications and balneotherapy (radioactive oligomineral baths, peloid, massage, kinesitherapy; the serum concentrations of CRP, ?1-AGP, CP and SE were measured before and after balneotherapy. Serum proteins were determined using original Nor Partigen plates Boehringer. Erythrocyte sedimentation rate was measured by Westergreen method. Balneotherapy was applied individually, intensively or mildly, depending on the AS stage and activity phase. Results. After dosed balneotherapy, a significant decrease in the concentrations of CP (p<0.05, ?1-AGP (p<0.01 and CRP (p<0.05 was registered in the serums of AS patients. ESR was not significantly reduced. Conclusion. The research proved that ? 1-acid glycoprotein, ceruloplasmine and C-reactive protein represent more sensitive inflammation markers as compared to erythrocyte sedimentation rate. The identification of acute phase reactants is important in the evaluation of dosed balneotherapy efficiency in the treatment of ankylosing spondylitis.

  13. TREATMENT OF ANKYLOSING SPONDYLITIS BASED ON ALLOPATHIC AND AYURVEDIC SYSTEM OF MEDICINE

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    A.KRISHNA SAILAJA

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Ankylosing spondylitis previously known as Bechterew's disease and Marie-Strümpell disease. It is a chronic inflammatory disease of the axial skeleton with variable involvement of peripheral joints and nonarticular structures. AS is a form of spondyloarthritis, a chronic, inflammatory arthritis where immune mechanisms are thought to play a key role. It mainly affects joints in the spine and the sacroiliac joint in the pelvis and can cause eventual fusion of the spine. The treatment of ankylosing spondylitis typically involves the use of medications to reduce inflammation, suppress immunity to stop progression of the disease, physical therapy, and exercise. Medications decrease inflammation in the spine and other joints. Physical therapy and exercise help to improve posture, spine mobility, and lung capacity. Ayurveda offers excellent therapies for treating Ankylosing spondylitis. The treatment comprises of a series of purification procedures for Detoxification through world renowned Ayurveda Panchakarma therapies along with the administration of researched medicines internally In these article treatment strategies for western system of medicine and Indian system of medicine was explained in detail. The main mechanisms involved in treating the conditions such as fever, back pain, swelling at various joints, stiffness in neck and back bone was explained. Different medicines used for the treatment of symptoms and their mechanism of action was explained properly. Strict diet restrictions along with life style modification are essential parts of the therapy. Following the diet as advised not only helps in recovering fast but also in prevents further worsening of the condition. The importance of diet in treating the condition was also explained.

  14. Adalimumab in ankylosing spondylitis: an evidence-based review of its place in therapy

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    Stephanie Hennigan

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    Full Text Available Stephanie Hennigan, Christoph Ackermann, Arthur KavanaughCenter for Innovative Therapy, Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology, University of California, La Jolla, California, USAIntroduction: Ankylosing spondylitis (AS is an idiopathic chronic inflammatory disease that has prominent effects on the spine and peripheral joints. In addition, extraarticular manifestations such as enthesitis and acute anterior uveitis may be clinically important. In recent years, the therapy of AS has changed, largely due to the introduction of inhibitors of the proinflammatory cytokine tumor necrosis factor (TNF. Adalimumab, a human monoclonal antibody specifically for TNF, is the most recent of the TNF blocking agents that have been approved for the treatment of active, nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID-refractory patients with AS.Aims: To evaluate the evidence for the therapeutic value of adalimumab in ankylosing spondylitis.Evidence review: There is clear evidence that adalimumab, administered 40 mg subcutaneously every 2 weeks, substantially improves the signs and symptoms of NSAID-refractory, active AS when compared with placebo treatment. There is ample evidence that adalimumab causes significant improvements in physical health status and overall AS-specific, health-related quality of life and physical functioning, which consequently leads to better work productivity. There is substantial evidence that adalimumab improves spinal and sacroiliac joint inflammation in AS patients. Initial results from clinical trials suggest that there is no increased risk of serious infections or malignancies in adalimumab-treated patients with AS. The most common adverse events were injection-site reactions. Limited economic evidence suggests that adalimumab 40 mg may be cost effective when used according to current valid treatment guidelines. Place in therapy: Adalimumab is an effective treatment for patients with active AS.Key words: adalimumab, ankylosing spondylitis, TNF inhibitor, evidence, treatment

  15. Prospective meta-analysis of interleukin 1 gene complex polymorphisms confirms associations with ankylosing spondylitis.

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    Sims, AM; Timms, AE; Bruges-Armas, J; Burgos-Vargas, R.; Chou, CT; Doan, T.; Dowling, A.; Fialho, RN; Gergely, P; Gladman, DD; Inman, R; KAUPPI, M; Kaarela, K.; LAIHO, K; Maksymowych, W

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    OBJECTIVES: The aim of the current study was to determine the contribution of interleukin (IL)1 gene cluster polymorphisms previously implicated in susceptibility for ankylosing spondylitis (AS) to AS susceptibility in different populations worldwide. METHODS: Nine polymorphisms in the IL1 gene cluster members IL1A (rs2856836, rs17561 and rs1894399), IL1B (rs16944), IL1F10 (rs3811058) and IL1RN (rs419598, the IL1RA VNTR, rs315952 and rs315951) were genotyped in 2675 AS cases and 2592 healthy ...

  16. Secretory IgA: immune defence pattern in ankylosing spondylitis and klebsiella.

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    Calguneri, M.; Swinburne, L.; Shinebaum, R; Cooke, E M; Wright, V

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    Saliva secretory IgA (sIgA), secretory component (SC); serum immunoglobulins (IgG, IgA, IgM), complement (C3, C4), C-reactive protein (CRP), and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) were performed in 32 patients with ankylosing spondylitis and 29 normal controls. They were investigated for carriage in the faeces of Klebsiella spp. on 3 occasions over the previous months. Throat swabs and urine were cultured at the same time as immunological estimations were done. 24-hour urine sIgA specimens ...

  17. Mortality among patients with ankylosing spondylitis after a single treatment course with x rays.

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    Smith, P. G.; Doll, R

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    Mortality was studied in 14 111 patients with ankylosing spondylitis given a single course of x-ray treatment during 1935-54. Mortality from all causes combined was 66% greater than that of members of the general population of England and Wales. There were substantial excesses of deaths from non-neoplastic conditions, but these appeared to be associated with the disease itself rather than its treatment. A nearly fivefold excess of deaths from leukaemia and a 62% excess of deaths from cancers ...

  18. HLA-E gene polymorphism associates with ankylosing spondylitis in Sardinia.

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    Paladini, F; Belfiore, Francesca; Cocco, E; Carcassi, Carlo; Cauli, Alberto; Vacca, Alessandra; Fiorillo, Mt; Mathieu, Alessandro; Cascino, Isabella; Sorrentino, Rosa

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    INTRODUCTION: Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a severe, chronic inflammatory disease strongly associated with HLA-B27. The presence of additional HLA risk factors has been suggested by several studies. The aim of the current study is to assess the occurrence of an additional HLA susceptibility locus in the region between HLA-E and HLA-C in the Sardinian population. METHODS: 200 random controls, 120 patients with AS and 175 HLA-B27 positive controls were genotyped for six single nucleotide poly...

  19. A New Cardiac Autonomic Function Predictor (Heart Rate Turbulence in Patients with Ankylosing Spondylitis

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    Ersel Onrat

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Ankylosing spondylitis (AS is a chronic systemic disease. The risk of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality is high in patients with AS. Heart rate turbulence (HRT expresses ventriculophasic sinus arrhythmia and has been considered to reflect cardiac autonomic activity. It has been shown that HRT is an independent and powerful predictor of mortality. The aim of this study was to determine HRT changes in patients with AS in comparison with healthy controls. Materials and Methods: Thirty-seven patients with AS (28 men, 9 women; age: 42±2 years, range: 19-69 years according to the modified New York criteria and 37 age-and gender-matched healthy control subjects without obvious cardiovascular disease (mean age: 40±2 years, range: 23-68 years were included in this study. Mean duration of AS was 5±3 years (range: 1-20 years. All participants underwent 24-hour Holter ECG. HRT measurements, turbulence onset (TO and turbulence slope (TS were calculated with HRT View Version 0.60-0.1 software program. HRT was calculated in patients and healthy controls with at least one ventricular premature beat (VPB in their Holter recordings. TO is a measure of the early sinus acceleration and TS is the measure of the rate of sinus deceleration that follows the sinus acceleration after a VPB. Results: There were no significant differences in TO and TS between AS patients and control subjects (TO-AS: -0.0004±0.008, TO-Control: -0.118±0.006; TS-AS: 12.07±1.26, TS-Control: 10.39±1.26, respectively.Conclusion: Although cardiovascular manifestation (including increased morbidity and mortality of AS has been shown in various studies, HRT parameters, which determine the risk of sudden death, do not seem to be altered in this disease.

  20. Ankylosing spondylitis: correlations between clinical and MRI indices of sacroiliitis activity

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    Aim: To analyse the correlations between clinical and MRI sacroiliitis activity indices in ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Materials and methods: Sixteen normal volunteers and 52 patients were enrolled. The clinical AS activity indices included the Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index (BASDAI) score, serum high-sensitivity C-reactive protein, and erythrocyte sedimentation rate. The MRI sacroiliitis activity indices included apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values of bone and the Spondyloarthritis Research Consortium of Canada (SPARCC) score. Results: The mean SPARCC score of the control group was 0 and of the AS group was 9.9 ± 9.1 (range 0–36). The mean ADC value of the AS group was statistically significantly higher than that of the control group (49.7 ± 20.2 × 10?5 mm2/s versus 38.9 ± 5.3 × 10?5 mm2/s, p < 0.05). The BASDAI score showed a statistically significant correlation with the SPARCC score (r = 0.685, p < 0.05) and with ADC values (r = 0.329, p < 0.05). ADC values correlated with the SPARCC score (r = 0.390, p < 0.05). Conclusion: ADC values and the SPARCC index may be useful activity indices in AS. - Highlights: • The ADC value of the AS patient is higher than that of the normal person. • The ADC value is correlated with the clinical AS activity index. • The DWI sequence can monitor the activity of AS with the advantages of lower scan time and without any intravenous contrast agent

  1. Genetic Polymorphisms of Stromal Interaction Molecule 1 Associated with the Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate and C-Reactive Protein in HLA-B27 Positive Ankylosing Spondylitis Patients

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    Wei, James Cheng-Chung; Hung, Kuo-Sheng; Hsu, Yu-Wen; Wong, Ruey-Hong; Huang, Chun-Huang; Jan, Ming-Shiou; Wu, Shyh-Jong; Juan, Yung-Shun; Chang, Wei-chiao

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    Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a chronic inflammation of the sacroiliac joints, spine and peripheral joints. The development of ankylosing spondylitis is still unclear. Genetics factors such as human leukocyte antigen HLA-B27 and ERAP1 have been widely reported to associate to AS susceptibility. In this study, we enrolled 361 AS patients and selected four tagging single nucleotides polymorphisms (tSNPs) at STIM1 gene. The correlation between STIM1 genetic polymorphisms and AS activity index (...

  2. Management of a case of ankylosing spondylitis for total hip replacement surgery with the use of ultrasound-assisted central neuraxial blockade

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    Rakhee Goyal

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    Full Text Available Management of a case of ankylosing spondylitis can be very challenging when the airway and the central neuraxial blockade, both are difficult. Ultrasound-assisted central neuraxial blockade may lead to predictable success in the field of regional anaesthesia. We present a young patient with severe ankylosing spondylitis where conventional techniques failed and ultrasound helped in successful combined spinal-epidural technique for total hip replacement surgery.

  3. Management of a case of ankylosing spondylitis for total hip replacement surgery with the use of ultrasound-assisted central neuraxial blockade

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    Goyal, Rakhee; Singh, Shivinder; Shukla, Ravindra Nath; Singhal, Anuj

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    Management of a case of ankylosing spondylitis can be very challenging when the airway and the central neuraxial blockade, both are difficult. Ultrasound-assisted central neuraxial blockade may lead to predictable success in the field of regional anaesthesia. We present a young patient with severe ankylosing spondylitis where conventional techniques failed and ultrasound helped in successful combined spinal–epidural technique for total hip replacement surgery.

  4. Effect of Pulmonary Involvement on Bath Indexes, Quality of Life and Psychological Symptoms in Patients with Ankylosing Spondylitis

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    Hale Karapolat

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Pain and stiffness disturb the psychological status and quality of life in ankylosing spondylitis (AS patients, which may be further deteriorated by pulmonary involvement. Therefore, detection of pulmonary involvement in AS patients is important. In this study, we aimed to detect pulmonary involvement in AS patients and to assess the effects of pulmonary involvement on Bath indexes, quality of life and psychological symptoms.Material and Methods: The study included 26 AS patients (mean age: 47.5±10.8 years. Pulmonary status of the patients was assessed by spirometric measurements and radiographic methods (chest X-ray, high resolution computerized tomography [HRCT]; clinical status was assessed by Bath indexes (Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index [BASDAI], Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Functional Index [BASFI], Bath Spondylitis Metrology Index [BASMI], Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Radiology Index [BASRI]; quality of life was assessed by Nottingham Health Profile-1 (NHP and St. George Respiratory Questionnaire (SGRQ; and psychological symptoms were assessed by Beck Depression Scale (BDS. Results: Respiratory function tests were impaired in 15.4% of the patients (n: 3/1, restrictive/obstructive. HRCT revealed pathologic findings in 20.9% of the patients (n: 5. A negative correlation was detected between forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1% and BASFI (r=-0.56, p0.05. Conclusion: Our study showed that pulmonary involvement may be observed among non-smoker AS patients with longer duration of disease; however, pulmonary involvement is not related with clinical status, quality of life or psychological symptoms.

  5. Intestinal Behçet’s disease appearing during treatment with adalimumab in a patient with ankylosing spondylitis

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    Sook Hee Chung

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Behçet’s disease (BD is a chronic inflammatory disease affecting multiple organ systems, such as the skin, joints, blood vessels, central nervous system, and gastrointestinal tract. Intestinal BD is characterized by intestinal ulcerations and gastrointestinal symptoms. The medical treatment of intestinal BD includes corticosteroids and immunosupressants. There have been several reports of tumor necrosis factor-? (TNF-? blockers being successful in treatment of refractory intestinal BD. Here, we report on a patient who was diagnosed with intestinal BD despite treatment with the fully humanized TNF-? blocker (adalimumab for underlying ankylosing spondylitis. This patient achieved clinical remission and complete mucosal healing through the addition of a steroid and azathioprine to the adalimumab regimen.

  6. Genética, HLA-B27 y espondilitis anquilosante: 40 años / Genetics of ankylosing spondylitis

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    Patricia, Castro-Santos; Miguel A, Gutiérrez; Roberto, Díaz-Peña.

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    Full Text Available [...] Abstract in english Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a prototypical inflammatory disease of the locomotor system affecting axial skeleton. It is part of the general group of spondyloarthopathies (SpA). Its strong association with histocompatibility antigen HLA-B27 is known since 1973. However, HLA-B27 contribution to AS [...] genetic risk is approximately 16%. Therefore, other genes are necessarily involved in the pathogenesis of the disease. Genomic development and the possibility of making genome wide screening have contributed enormously to the study of the disease. In this paper, we describe the actual knowledge about AS genetic risk, which has contributed to understand the influence of HLA-B27 on the etiology and pathogenesis of the disease. We also intend to foresee how these findings will result in an improvement of patients’ quality of life.

  7. Iatrogenic Cervical Fracture in a Case with Ankylosing Spondylitis and Rehabilitation Practices

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    ?lknur Tu?cu

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Ankylosing spondylitis (AS is a chronic inflammatory rheumatic disease that primarily affects the vertebral column and sacroiliac joints. The development of syndesmophytosis in AS leads up to a rigid and bamboo shape spine. Osteoporosis and a rigid spine may be potential risk factors for fractures due to minor traumas in this patient group. In this article, we present a case of iatrogenic C6-7 fracture and dislocation occurred while the patient was being positioned for magnetic resonance imaging study. Health care professionals should be aware of the increased risk of spine injury due to minor traumas in patients with AS. Turk J Phys Med Rehab 2010;56:88-90.

  8. Acute toxoplasmosis infection in a patient with ankylosing spondylitis treated with adalimumab: a case report

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    M. de Almeida Santos Jr

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Ankylosing spondylitis (AS is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the axial skeleton, often beginning in the sacroiliac joints, but accompanied also by other signs, including enthesitis, lung fibrosis and eye involvement. AS generally occurs in the second or third decade of life with inflammatory low back pain and has a strong relation with HLA-B27. The objective of the treatment until the end of the 90’s was to ameliorate pain and stiffness and preserve function (1. Nonselective nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs, cyclooxygenase-2 selective inhibitors, and nonpharmalogic interventions, such as physiotherapy, exercise, education, and lifestyle modifications were the basis of the management. Therapy with agents like sulphasalazine was administered for peripheral arthritis (1, 2...

  9. Coexistence of Behçet’s disease with ankylosing spondylitis and familial Mediterranean fever: a rare occurrence

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    Makram Frigui

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Behçet's disease (BD and familial Mediterranean fever (FMF, which are two separate diseases sharing some clinical features, may also coexist in the same patient. Further investigations are needed to understand whether this coexistence is due to either chance or geographical distribution patterns of these diseases or to common etiopathogenetic characteristics. Spondylarthritis as part of the clinical picture in these two diseases has been questioned and probably it is not a prominent characteristic of any of them. We report a 35- year-old Tunisian man who had an association of BD, FMF and Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA B27 positive ankylosing spondylitis. Although that spondylarthritis is an infrequent joint involvement of FMF and BD, it must be looked for in case of association of these diseases.

  10. Expression of uncarboxylated matrix Gla protein in ankylosing spondylitis and its significance

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    Han-qing HUANG

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Objective?To investigate the serum level of uncarboxylated matrix Gla protein (ucMGP in ankylosing spondylitis (AS patients, and to evaluate its diagnostic value and the relation of ucMGP to inflammation and ossification process in AS. Methods?Eight-two AS patients and 76 healthy controls were enrolled in this randomized controlled study. The clinical indices (age, gender, course of disease, disease activity, changes in radiographic studies, and indices of bone metabolism or inflammation, including erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR, C-reactive protein (CRP, osteocalcin (OC, and bone-specific alkaline phosphatase (BALP were evaluated or measured. The disease activity was assessed by Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index (BASDAI, and changes in radiographic pictures were evaluated according to the modified Stoke AS Spine Score (mSASSS, and serum level of ucMGP was measured by a competitive ELISA. The relationship between ucMGP and clinical indexes, radiographic scoring, indices in bone metabolism or inflammation was estimated by SPSS software, and the diagnostic value of ucMGP was analyzed by receiver operator characteristic (ROC curve. Results?The levels of ESR and CRP in AS patients were higher than those in healthy controls, but the serum ucMGP was lower (2958±654nmol/L compared with healthy controls (4551±1036nmol/L, P0, r=?0.715, P1, r=?0.741, P10, r=?0.776, P<0.01; mSASSS <10, r=?0.297, P=0.028. Conclusion?Serum ucMGP may serve as a diagnostic biomarker of AS and progression index of ossification, especially in late stage of AS.

  11. Detection of active sacroiliitis with ankylosing spondylitis through intravoxel incoherent motion diffusion-weighted MR imaging

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    Zhao, Ying-hua [Third Affiliated Hospital of Southern Medical University, Academy of Orthopedics, Department of Radiology, Guangzhou (China); Guangdong Academy of Medical Sciences, Department of Radiology, Guangdong General Hospital, Guangzhou (China); Li, Shao-lin; Zhao, Xiang-cheng; Hu, Shao-yong; Liu, Zhen-hua [Third Affiliated Hospital of Southern Medical University, Academy of Orthopedics, Department of Radiology, Guangzhou (China); Liu, Zai-yi; Chen, Xin; Liang, Chang-hong [Guangdong Academy of Medical Sciences, Department of Radiology, Guangdong General Hospital, Guangzhou (China); Mei Ms, Ying-jie [Philips Healthcare, Guangzhou (China); Chan, Queenie [Philips Electronics Hong Kong Ltd, Hong Kong (China)

    2015-09-15

    To confirm feasibility and assess intravoxel incoherent motion (IVIM) to differentiate active sacroiliitis and ankylosing spondylitis. Forty-one patients were divided into two groups, an active group (n = 20) and a chronic group (n = 21), according to the Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) Disease Activity Index (BASDAI) and laboratory parameters. In addition, 21 healthy volunteers were chosen as the control group. Tissue diffusivity (D{sub slow}), perfusion fraction (f), and pseudo-diffusion coefficient (D{sub fast}) values were obtained for all three groups. One-way analysis of variance and receiver operating characteristic analysis were performed for all parameters. There was good interobserver agreement on the measurements between the two observers. The optimal cut-off values (with respective AUC, sensitivity, specificity, positive likelihood ratio, and negative likelihood ratio) between active and chronic groups were D{sub slow} = 0.53 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s (0.976, 90 %, 95.2 %, 18.9, 0.10) and f = 0.09 (0.545, 20 %, 95.5 %, 4.2, 0.84), and between chronic and control groups were D{sub slow} = 0.22 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s (0.517, 9.52 %, 100 %, no number, 0.9) and f = 0.09 (0.935, 95.24 %, 80.95 %, 5, 0.059). D{sub slow} and f of IVIM diffusion-weighted (DW)-MRI in AS show a significant difference in the values of diffusion of water molecules and fractional perfusion-related volume among the three groups. (orig.)

  12. Direct and indirect costs associated with ankylosing spondylitis and related disease activity scores in Turkey.

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    Akkoç, Nurullah; Direskeneli, Haner; Erdem, Hakan; Gül, Ahmet; Kabasakal, Yasemin; Kiraz, Sedat; Balkan Tezer, Dilara; Hac?bedel, Ba?ak; Hamuryudan, Vedat

    2015-09-01

    This study assessed quality of life, direct and indirect healthcare costs related to ankylosing spondylitis (AS). This study included 650 prevalent AS patients visiting seven centers at tertiary healthcare institutions in Turkey who were interviewed using a standard questionnaire to determine annual direct and indirect healthcare costs. Eligible patients were age ?18 years with AS for at least 12 months. Direct costs were categorized as inpatient, outpatient and pharmacy, and AS-related consultation. Indirect costs were categorized as workday loss, additional AS-related costs, and caregiver costs. Clinical outcome measures were obtained, including Patients' Global Disease Activity (Pt-GDA); visual analog scale (Pain-VAS) for pain; Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index (BASDAI), Functional Index (BASFI), and Metrology Index (BASMI) scores, and EuroQoL 5 dimension (EQ-5D) health status survey scores. Mean (€,335.20) and median (€5,671.00) annual costs per patient were calculated. Pharmacy costs (€4,032.73) were highest among overall expenditures, followed by additional AS-related consultation (€2,480.38), outpatient (€225.02), and inpatient costs (€29.98). Over half of AS patients (54.8 %) experienced work loss. Related average annual costs were €414.16, based on income level. 10.3 % of AS patients incurred an additional €2,008.07 in 1 year. 6.8 % of patients required caregivers and incurred €778.70 in average annual patient paid costs. Mean Pt-GDA, Pain-VAS, EQ-5D, BASDAI, BASFI, and BASMI scores were 4.4, 40.5, 62.7, 3.6, 3.1, and 2.9, respectively. Direct and indirect AS-related costs are high and represent a considerable economic burden on Turkish AS patients. PMID:25749712

  13. Relationship Between Bone Mineral Density and Disease Activity in Patients with Ankylosing Spondylitis

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    Hasan Ulusoy

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Objective: This retrospective study was planned to determine the relationship between bone mineral density (BMD and clinical, radiological and laboratory parameters in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS. Materials and Methods: The study group consisted of 28 patients with a mean disease duration of 11.9±6.1 years. In addition to clinical and demographic variables, lumbar and femoral BMD were evaluated with dual energy X-ray absorbtiometry. Lumbar spine score (LSS and sacroiliac score (SIS were calculated by grading of standard radiographs. Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR and C-reactive protein (CRP level were determined as laboratory parameters.Results: The rate of osteoporosis and osteopenia were 7.1% and 25% at the lumbar spine, and 14.2% and 17.8% at the femoral neck, respectively. LSS was significantly correlated with lumbar BMD (r=0.70, p<0.001, but not with femoral neck BMD (r=-0.11, p=0.55. SIS was negatively correlated with femoral neck BMD (r=-0.79, p<0.001, but not correlated with lumbar BMD (r=0.19, p=0.32. While lumbar BMD was positively correlated with disease duration (r=0.37, p=0.05, femoral neck BMD showed negative correlation with disease duration (r=-0.46, p=0.01. The evaluation of clinical paramaters and BMD showed that morning stiffness, spinal pain, ESR and CRP were not correlated with BMD. Only modified Schober’s test was related to BMD on both lumbar spine and femoral neck.Conclusion: Ankylosing spondylitis patients are at risk for developing osteoporosis. In advanced disease, the lumbar BMD is misleadingly high because of paravertebral calcification and ossification. Therefore, it is more rational to evaluate the BMD at the femoral neck.

  14. Translation and validation of the Turkish version of the Ankylosing Spondylitis Quality of Life (ASQOL) questionnaire.

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    Duruöz, M T; Doward, L; Turan, Y; Cerrahoglu, L; Yurtkuran, M; Calis, M; Tas, N; Ozgocmen, S; Yoleri, O; Durmaz, B; Oncel, S; Tuncer, T; Sendur, O; Birtane, M; Tuzun, F; Bingol, U; Kirnap, M; Celik Erturk, G; Ardicoglu, O; Memis, A; Atamaz, F; Kizil, R; Kacar, C; Gurer, G; Uzunca, K; Sari, H

    2013-11-01

    The Ankylosing Spondylitis Quality of Life (ASQoL) questionnaire is a disease-specific measure of needs-based quality of life developed in the UK and the Netherlands. This study describes translation, validation, and reliability of the scale into Turkish population. The ASQoL was translated into Turkish using the dual-panel process. Content validity was assessed via cognitive debriefing interviews with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) patients. Patients with AS according to modified New York criteria were recruited into the study from 12 hospitals of all part of Turkey. Psychometric and scaling properties were assessed via a two administration survey involving the ASQoL, the Nottingham Health Profile (NHP), Bath AS Functional Index (BASFI), and Bath AS Disease Activity Index (BASDAI). Classical psychometrics assessed reliability, convergent validity (correlation of ASQoL with NHP, BASFI, and BASDAI) and discriminative validity (correlation of ASQoL with perceived AS-severity and general health). Cognitive debriefing showed the new Turkish ASQoL to be clear, relevant, and comprehensive. Completed survey questionnaires were received from 277 AS patients (80% Male, mean age 42.2/SD 11.6, mean AS duration 9.4 years/SD 9.4). Test-retest reliability was excellent (0.96), indicating low random measurement error for the scale. Correlations of ASQoL with NHP sections were low to moderate (NHP Sleep 0.34; NHP Emotional Reactions 0.83) suggesting the measures assess related but distinct constructs. The measure was able to discriminate between patients based on their perceived disease severity (p health (p < 0.0001). The Turkish version of ASQoL has good reliability and validity properties. It is practical and useful scale to assess the quality of life in AS patients in Turkish population. PMID:23765201

  15. Detection of active sacroiliitis with ankylosing spondylitis through intravoxel incoherent motion diffusion-weighted MR imaging

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    To confirm feasibility and assess intravoxel incoherent motion (IVIM) to differentiate active sacroiliitis and ankylosing spondylitis. Forty-one patients were divided into two groups, an active group (n = 20) and a chronic group (n = 21), according to the Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) Disease Activity Index (BASDAI) and laboratory parameters. In addition, 21 healthy volunteers were chosen as the control group. Tissue diffusivity (Dslow), perfusion fraction (f), and pseudo-diffusion coefficient (Dfast) values were obtained for all three groups. One-way analysis of variance and receiver operating characteristic analysis were performed for all parameters. There was good interobserver agreement on the measurements between the two observers. The optimal cut-off values (with respective AUC, sensitivity, specificity, positive likelihood ratio, and negative likelihood ratio) between active and chronic groups were Dslow = 0.53 x 10-3 mm2/s (0.976, 90 %, 95.2 %, 18.9, 0.10) and f = 0.09 (0.545, 20 %, 95.5 %, 4.2, 0.84), and between chronic and control groups were Dslow = 0.22 x 10-3 mm2/s (0.517, 9.52 %, 100 %, no number, 0.9) and f = 0.09 (0.935, 95.24 %, 80.95 %, 5, 0.059). Dslow and f of IVIM diffusion-weighted (DW)-MRI in AS show a significant difference in the values of diffusion of water molecules and fractional perfusion-related volume among the three groups. (orig.)

  16. The 1957 MRC report on leukaemia and aplastic anaemia in patients irradiated for ankylosing spondylitis

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    Smith, Peter G [London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, London WC1E 7HT (United Kingdom)

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    The estimation of the carcinogenic effects of exposure to low doses of ionizing radiation has depended primarily on extrapolation from effects seen in two populations exposed to relatively high doses-the survivors of the atomic bomb explosions in Japan and patients treated in the UK with x-rays for the arthritic condition ankylosing spondylitis. The study of the leukaemia risk in over 14000 irradiated spondylitis patients was completed in an astonishingly short period of time in the mid-1950s. The full report of the original study has been difficult to access because it was not published in a journal but only as a Special Report of the UK Medical Research Council. To mark 50 years since this publication this full report is reproduced in this issue of the Journal. This accompanying review describes the background to the study, the principal findings and the further follow-up of the population that documented the risks of cancers in addition to leukaemia associated with the x-ray treatment. The architects of the study were a radiobiologist, Michael Court-Brown, and an epidemiologist, Richard Doll. Their very productive study of the leukaemia risk among spondylitics spawned a lifelong collaboration including further seminal studies of the carcinogenic effects of radiation exposure, which are also summarised in the review. (review)

  17. Health-related Quality of Life Assessment on 100 Tunisian Patients with Ankylosing Spondylitis using the SF-36 Survey

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    Wafa Hamdi; Dhouha Azzouz; Mohamed Mehdi Ghannouchi; Manel Haouel; Samir Kochbati; Kaouthar Saadellaoui; Abdelmajid Ben Hmida; Béchir Zouari; Mohamed Montacer Kchir

    2012-01-01

    Objectives: The main objective of the study was to examine the self reported health status in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) compared with the general population and the secondary objective (in the AS group) was to study the association between health status, demographic parameters, and specific disease instruments in AS.Methods: A cross sectional study of 100 AS patients recruited between 2006 and 2009 at the Department of Rheumatology. Health status was assessed by using the SF-3...

  18. The relation between disease activity, vitamin D levels and bone mineral density in men patients with ankylosing spondylitis

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    Ihsane Hmamouchi

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to assess the vitamin D status in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS, and to investigate the relation between vitamin D levels, bone mineral density (BMD and disease activity in men with ankylosing spondylitis. Seventy patients with AS and 140 healthy individuals were included in the study. BMD of femur and lumbar spine was measured by DXA. Serum 25OH vitamin D, parathormone, serum calcium, C-reactive protein levels of all participants were also measured. The disease activity was evalu ated by Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index (BASDAI, and functional status by Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Functional Index (BASFI. The mean 25(OHD level was 17.5+9.7 ng/mL in AS patients and 21.9+7.7 ng/mL in controls (P<0.001. In comparison with the control group, AS patients showed significantly higher CRP, and a significant reduction of vitamin D. In AS group, 62 patients (88.6% had Vitamin D deficiency, and 35 patients (50% were osteoporotic. Vitamin D was negatively correlated to BASDAI without any changes after adjustment for age, duration of disease, sunlight exposure, and total taking steroids (r=-0.32, P<0.001.We found a high incidence of vitamin D deficiency in our patients. Our study suggests that vitamin D deficiency in male AS may indirectly lead to osteoporosis by causing an increase in the inflammatory activity. Monitoring vitamin D levels would be useful in order to determine the patients under osteoporosis risk.

  19. Translation and validation of non-English versions of the Ankylosing Spondylitis Quality of Life (ASQOL) questionnaire

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    Revicki Dennis; Twiss James; Meads David M; McKenna Stephen P; Doward Lynda C; Wong Robert L; Luo Michelle P

    2007-01-01

    Abstract Background The Ankylosing Spondylitis Quality of Life (ASQOL) questionnaire is a unidimensional, disease-specific measure developed in the UK and the Netherlands. This study describes its adaptation into other languages. Methods The UK English ASQOL was translated into US English; Canadian French and English; French; German; Italian; Spanish; and Swedish (dual-panel methods). Cognitive debriefing interviews were conducted with AS patients. Psychometric/scaling properties were assesse...

  20. Destructive Dural Ectasia of Dorsal and Lumbar Spine with Cauda Equina Syndrome in a Patient with Ankylosing Spondylitis

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    Van Hoydonck, Marijke; de Vlam, Kurt; Westhovens, Rene; Luyten, Frank P.; Lories, Rik J

    2010-01-01

    We present a patient with longstanding ankylosing spondylitis complicated with cauda equina syndrome. The patient suffered from increasing pain in the leg with reduced sensitivity and extremely cold feet associated with incontinence. Diagnostic workup revealed dural ectasia, arachnoiditis and a spinal inflammatory mass leading to extensive vertebral bone destruction. Of interest, this was not only found in the lumbar spine region (which is typical in cases of cauda equina syndrome associated ...

  1. Is It Real False Negative Finding in Motor Evoked Potential Monitoring during Corrective Surgery of Ankylosing Spondylitis? A Case Report

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    Kim, Ki-Tack; Lee, Sang-Hun; Kwack, Yoon-Ho; Son, Eon-Seok

    2012-01-01

    We performed L1 posterior vertebral columnar resection and posterior correction for Andersson's lesion and thoracolumbar kyphosis in an ankylosing spondylitis patient during motor evoked potential (MEP) monitoring. We checked MEP intra-operatively, whenever a dangerous procedure for neural elements was performed, and no abnormal findings were seen during surgery. After the operation, we examined neurologic function in the recovery room; the patient showed a progressive neurologic deficit and ...

  2. Effect of Pulmonary Involvement on Bath Indexes, Quality of Life and Psychological Symptoms in Patients with Ankylosing Spondylitis

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    Hale Karapolat; Funda Atamaz; Ye?im Akkoç; Alev Gürgün; Recep Sava?; Ye?im Kirazl?; Nurullah Akkoç

    2009-01-01

    Objective: Pain and stiffness disturb the psychological status and quality of life in ankylosing spondylitis (AS) patients, which may be further deteriorated by pulmonary involvement. Therefore, detection of pulmonary involvement in AS patients is important. In this study, we aimed to detect pulmonary involvement in AS patients and to assess the effects of pulmonary involvement on Bath indexes, quality of life and psychological symptoms.Material and Methods: The study included 26 AS patients ...

  3. Enhanced jejunal production of antibodies to Klebsiella and other Enterobacteria in patients with ankylosing spondylitis and rheumatoid arthritis

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    Maki-Ikola, O.; Hallgren, R.; Kanerud, L.; Feltelius, N.; Knutsson, L.; GRANFORS, K

    1997-01-01

    OBJECTIVE—To measure gut immunity directly in jejunal fluid in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA).?METHODS—Antibodies against three different Enterobacterias were measured in jejunal perfusion fluids (collected by a double balloon perfusion device) of 19 patients with AS, 14 patients with RA, and 22 healthy controls using enzyme linked immunosorbent assay.?RESULTS—The AS patients had significantly increased jejunal fluid concentrations of IgM, IgG, and IgA...

  4. Comparison of radiography, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging in the detection of sacroiliitis accompanying ankylosing spondylitis

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    Yu, Wei; Feng Feng; Yang Hongzen; Jiang Ming [Department of Radiology, Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Beijing (China); Dion, E.; Genant, H.K. [Department of Radiology, Musculoskeletal Section and Osteoporosis and Arthritis Research Group, University of California San Francisco, CA 94143-0628 (United States)

    1998-06-01

    Objective. To compare magnetic resonance (MR) imaging, computed tomography (CT), and radiography in the detection of sacroiliitis accompanying ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Design and subjects. Nine volunteers and 24 patients were recruited. Radiography, CT, and MR imaging were completed within a 1-week period in 24 patients with AS. In precontrast MR examination, spin-echo T1, fast spin-echo T2, and gradient echo with rephasing T2* images were obtained without fat saturation using a 0.3-T imager for all volunteers and patients. Postcontrast MR examination was performed using the same precontrast SE T1 sequence for patients with AS. Results and conclusions. MR imaging directly showed the normal cartilage in all 16 sacroiliac joints of the 8 volunteers. In the 24 patients with AS, cartilage abnormalities were observed in 42 sacroiliac joints. More diagnoses of sacroiliitis were made using MR and CT imaging than using radiography (P<0.001). Therefore, low-field-strength MR can be useful in detecting early sacroiliitis in patients with AS. MR imaging was able to reveal early cartilage changes and bone marrow edema, which could not be found by either CT or radiography. (orig.) With 5 figs., 4 tabs., 36 refs.

  5. Spondylitis Association of America

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  6. Radiography of the spine and sacro-iliac joints in ankylosing spondylitis and psoriasis

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    A grading system involving six stages of arthritis from grade O=normal joints to grade V=extensive bony ankylosis in the sacro-iliac joints and a scheme applicable for quantitative registration of the radiographic findings of the spine in ankylosing spondylitis (AS) are detailed. These radiographic grading systems were used in a study comprising 48 patients with psoriasis (group A), 19 patients with AS and psoriasis (group B), 103 patients with AS (group C) and 231 first-degree relatives of the patients belonging to groups B and C (group D). Radiographic abnormalities of the spine were found totally in 80 per cent of the patients belonging to groups B and C. In these groups sclerotic anterior borders of vertebrae (SABS) and/or straightened anterior surfaces of vertebrae were seen totally in 66 per cent. SABS were earlier findings than syndesmophyte formation which was found in 60 per cent of the patients belonging to groups B and C. Except for ankylosis of the apophyseal joints and ossified interspinous ligament most frequently found in the lower lumbar region in patients with duration of disease more than 20 years, all abnormalities of the spine were most frequent in the dorsolumbar junction. Grade V sacro-iliitis was associated with ankylosis of two or more segments of the spine. Such spinal changes were infrequently seen in patients with grade IV sacro-iliitis. This finding supports the previous notion that among patients fulfilling the criteria for AS, there is a group with a non-ankylosing disease. Thus two different subgroups of AS could be identified. Except for frequent unilateral sacro-iliitis and slight changes of the spine in group A no radiographic differences were found between the groups A, B and C. Sacro-iliitis was found in 22(9%) in group D, and 11 of those with sacro-iliitis had abnormalities of the spine compatible with AS. (orig.)

  7. Mortality among patients with ankylosing spondylitis after a single treatment course with x-rays

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    Court Brown and Doll identified over 14,000 patients with ankylosing spondylitis who had been treated with one or more courses of x-irradiation from 1935 to 1954 at one of 87 radiotherapy centers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The first reports from this study analyzed mortality among these patients from leukemia and other causes, particularly cancer, but these analyses included many patients who had been treated with x-rays for their spondylitis more than once. This complicated the interpretation of the late effects of the treatment on mortality, as it was not clear to what extent the subsequent treatments contributed to the excess of deaths that persisted for many years after the first treatment. Smith and Doll (1982) avoided this difficulty by examining the death rate from leukemia and other radiation-induced cancers at different times after a single course of treatment. A comparison of the mortality of this group with the mortality of Japanese atomic bomb survivors revealed good agreement between the two studies, thus increasing confidence in the belief that both studies are giving sensible estimates of the risk of cancer from high doses of radiation. The follow-up of those spondylitic patients who received a single course of treatment only has recently been extended until the end of 1982, that is, for an additional 13 years. A further 1406 patients are now known to have died, including an additional 335 deaths for which the certified cause is cancer. Detailed results of this further follow-up will be presented

  8. MRI findings of sacroiliitis in ankylosing spondylitis: roles of MPGR and delayed post-contrast T1-weighted images

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    Jeon, Eui Yong; Joo, Kyung Bin; Koo, Ja Hong; Moon, Won Jin; Hahm, Chang Kok; Kim, Tae Hwan; Kim, Seong Yoon [Hanyang Univ. College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    1997-10-01

    For early diagnosis of sacroiliitis in spondyloarthropathy, the MRI findings of sacroiliitis, roles of MPGR(multiplanar Gradient Recalled Acquisition in Steady State), and delayed post-contrast T1-weighted images were evaluated. Twenty six patients with seronegative spondyloarthropathy(Probable clinical diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis) were grouped as either less than radiographic grade 1(group A) or more than grade 2(group B). The MRI findings of both sacroiliac joints were evaluated in every patient, and predominant sites were determined. The two groups were then compared. In 17 patients, the number of enhancing panni seen on early and delayed post-contrast T1-weighted images was counted and compared between the two groups. Panni were found in all cases, and in both groups, predominant patterns of involvement were the lower and iliac aspects of the sacroiliac joints in both groups; in group A, the synovial joints and punctate pannus were predominantly involved, and in group B, the ligamentous joints as well as the synovial joints and linear pannus. In group B, More periarticular fat accumulation than periarticular osteitis was found. For the evaluation of changes in joint space, MPGR images were superior to spin echo images. For the delineation of enhancing pannus less than radiographic grade I, delayed post-contrast images were statistically superior to those which were early post-contrast. MRI can detect early sacroiliitic change according to the predominant sites of involvement, and deslyed post-contrast images play a role in the diagnosis of early sacroiliitis. MPGR imaging is good for the evaluation of joint space change.

  9. Association of the MSX2 gene polymorphisms with ankylosing spondylitis in Japanese.

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    Furuichi, Tatsuya; Maeda, Koichi; Chou, Chung-Tei; Liu, Yu-Fen; Liu, Ting-Chun; Miyamoto, Yoshinari; Takahashi, Atsushi; Mori, Kanji; Ikari, Katsunori; Kamatani, Naoyuki; Kurosawa, Hisashi; Inoue, Hisashi; Tsai, Shih-Feng; Ikegawa, Shiro

    2008-01-01

    Several genes have been implicated in the etiology of ankylosing spondylitis (AS); however, the significance of these genes except HLA-B27 remains to be elucidated. In this study, we examined the association of AS with novel candidate genes and previously reported genes other than HLA-B27. We examined a total of 45 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in 15 genes by a sequential screening. We first genotyped 170 Japanese AS patients and 896 controls for the SNPs (first screen). Then, we genotyped eight SNPs with P second screen). We checked the replication of the association of the most significant SNP by genotyping 219 Taiwanese AS patients and 185 controls. When the first and second screens were combined, four SNPs showed nominal significance of P A) in MSX2, a novel candidate gene, showed the most significant association (P = 0.0030). The association was not replicated in our Taiwanese population; however, there was the same trend with the Japanese population in the allelic frequency distribution of the SNP. In the genes previously reported to have association with AS, only one synonymous SNP, c.963T > G in ANKH, showed a marginal association in the Japanese population (P = 0.045). PMID:18299954

  10. Hip morphometry of femoroacetabular impingement pattern in patients with ankylosing spondylitis

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    To analyze hip morphometry of femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) pattern in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and correlate them with sacroiliitis grades. 384 patients with AS were analyzed regarding demographics, radiologic signs of FAI for hip involvement, and sacroiliitis grades. FAI was classified into 3 types according to alpha angle, lateral center-edge angle and pistol grip deformity. Sacroiliitis was graded according to the New York criteria. Prevalence of FAI morphometry types was determined and evaluated for association with sacroiliitis grades. Statistical analysis regarding numerical variables, including age, sacroiliitis score using t-test, sacroiliitis score in three groups using Kruskal-Wallis test and Mann-Whitney U-test, corrected by Bonferroni methods for post hoc analysis was done. Among 384 patients, 141 (36.7%) had FAI morphometry. Male predominance was found in group with FAI pattern involvement (87.2%) (p = 0.000). Pincer type (20.6%) was the most common. Hip involvement group also showed greater sacroiliitis score (2.49 vs. 1.75, p = 0.000). Combined-type had greater sacroiliitis score compared with others (p = 0.002, 0.003). FAI morphometry was frequent in hips of AS patients (36.7%), especially pincer type, more frequent in male, and associated with significantly greater grade of sacroiliitis; combined type FAI pattern had greater sacroiliitis score

  11. Spine injury following a low-energy trauma in ankylosing spondylitis: a study of two cases.

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    Savall, Frederic; Mokrane, Fatima-Zohra; Dedouit, Fabrice; Capuani, Caroline; Guilbeau-Frugier, Céline; Rougé, Daniel; Telmon, Norbert

    2014-08-01

    We report two cases of spine injury following a low-energy trauma in persons with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and discuss the forensic considerations. A 60-year-old man presented with a wide anterior fracture of the superior endplate of T8 after an accidental fall down three wooden steps. A 93-year-old man presented with disjunction between C6 and C7 and 90-degree spinal angulation after a fall from a standing height or a fall from a bed. Post-mortem multislice computed tomography (MSCT) was performed before autopsy in both the cases. MSCT and autopsy findings were in agreement with a past medical history of AS. A spine injury occurring after a low-energy trauma is unusual and could be suspicious. In the forensic literature we found only a single case, which concerned multiple spinal fractures after a fall from a bicycle at low speed. Such specific mechanisms must be studied and known to the forensic expert. In this context, MSCT is a useful tool to investigate the spine and knowledge of the victim's entire past medical history is essential. PMID:24911528

  12. Relevant factors on the degree of anterior uveitis in patients with ankylosing spondylitis

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    Full Text Available AIM: To investigate the association between the degree of anterioruveitis and related factors including inflammatory markers as well as sacroiliac joint imaging in patients with ankylosing spondylitis(AS. METHODS: Anterior changes evaluated by slit lamp, erythrocyte sedimentation rate(ESR, C-reactive protein(CRPand magnetic resonance imaging of 55 cases with AS associateduveitis were retrospectively analyzed. A modified endotoxin-induced uveitis(EIUclinical standard was used for uveitis grading. SPARCC sacroiliac scoring was used to evaluate bone edema of sacroiliac joint. The correlation between the degree of uveitis and sacroiliitis was assessed.RESULTS: In the 55 patients with AS, EIU grading scored 2-10, and SPARCC index scored 0-22. Further analysis showed that the severity of uveitis was significantly correlated with ESR(r=0.869, Pr=0.485, Pr=0.237, P=0.081.CONCLUSION: Local autoimmunity of uveitis and sacroiliac joint inflammation with subsequent bone formation in AS might be mutually independent processes.

  13. Hip morphometry of femoroacetabular impingement pattern in patients with ankylosing spondylitis

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    Lee, Jong Yoon; Lee, Eu Gene; Choi, Jung Ah [Dept. of Radiology, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seongnam (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-06-15

    To analyze hip morphometry of femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) pattern in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and correlate them with sacroiliitis grades. 384 patients with AS were analyzed regarding demographics, radiologic signs of FAI for hip involvement, and sacroiliitis grades. FAI was classified into 3 types according to alpha angle, lateral center-edge angle and pistol grip deformity. Sacroiliitis was graded according to the New York criteria. Prevalence of FAI morphometry types was determined and evaluated for association with sacroiliitis grades. Statistical analysis regarding numerical variables, including age, sacroiliitis score using t-test, sacroiliitis score in three groups using Kruskal-Wallis test and Mann-Whitney U-test, corrected by Bonferroni methods for post hoc analysis was done. Among 384 patients, 141 (36.7%) had FAI morphometry. Male predominance was found in group with FAI pattern involvement (87.2%) (p = 0.000). Pincer type (20.6%) was the most common. Hip involvement group also showed greater sacroiliitis score (2.49 vs. 1.75, p = 0.000). Combined-type had greater sacroiliitis score compared with others (p = 0.002, 0.003). FAI morphometry was frequent in hips of AS patients (36.7%), especially pincer type, more frequent in male, and associated with significantly greater grade of sacroiliitis; combined type FAI pattern had greater sacroiliitis score.

  14. Indications and results of a radium-224 (thorium x) therapy of ankylosing spondylitis (Sp.a.)

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    224Ra treatment of ankylosing spondylitis with 1 i.v. injection of 28 ?Ci 224Ra per week and a total of 10 injections is indicated only for stages II and III of the disease if the inflammation of the small vertebral joints and iliosacral grooves are resistant to therapy and if the progressive ankylosis of the vertebral column can be proved by radiography and scintiscanning. It should not be applied, in general, during stage I, where only ilisacral arthritis can be diagnosed in the iliosacral grooves, and in stage IV, full-scale osseous ankylosis of the vertebral column with or without involvement of the extremity joints. Due to the antiosteoblastic action of the ? radiation of 224Ra and the antiphlogistic action of the ? and ? radiation released during the radioactive decay of 224Ra daughter products, the pain during stages II and III of a.sp. is greatly alleviated, and intensive gymnastic and balneological treatment during the 10 weeks' stay in hospital is made possible. Malignant bone tumours have never been observed so far, although the period of observation has been as long as 29 years in some cases. Even in those patients who died of tumours of the soft tissue, the rate was only 14% compared to the 20% rate in the normal population. (orig./MG)

  15. Evaluation of Postural Stability and Fall Risk in Patients with Ankylosing Spondylitis

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    Full Text Available Purpose: The purpose of this study is to evaluate the influences of Ankylosing spondylitis on postural balance and the risk of falls. Methods: A total of 73 sobjects were recruited for the study, including 36 with AS (17 men, 19 women and 37 healthy controls (19 men, 18 women. Patients were evaluated in terms of balance and risk of falls. Balance and risk of falls was assessed with the Biodex Stability System. Results: The mean age, gender and body mass index of the participants did not differ significantly between (p=0.308, p=0.724, p=0.766, respectively. When groups were evaluated in terms of postural stability indexes Overall Stability Index (OSI, Antero-Posteior Stability Index (APSI and Medio-Lateral Stability Index (MLSI had no statistically significant difference (p=0.190, p=0.437 ve p=0.144, respectively. Fall Risk Index (FRI evaluations showed that as patients? test scores were higher than control group (p=0.001. (Table 1. Conclusions: In this study, we present numerical data that suggests that AS are associated with risk of falling. [Cukurova Med J 2013; 38(1.000: 86-91

  16. Non-­?pharmacological treatment of ankylosing spondylitis: Barriers to effective implementation of recommendations in Morocco

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    Abderrazak Hajjioui

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available This cross-sectional study aimed to describe non--?pharmacological treatment modalities in Moroccan patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS, and to approach physical therapy implementation barriers. 61 patients with AS according to New York classification criteria were included in the study. Socio-demographic data and clinical characteristics were collected and different therapeutic modalities, including physical therapy were investigated. The mean age of the patients was 38.20 (SD 12.36 years with a male/female ratio of 1.5. 55 (90% patients received pharmacological therapy, 37 (60.7% received physical therapy, 5(8.2% underwent surgery and 36 (59% tried at least one type of complementary medicine (medicine plants, sand baths, acupuncture, fire needles, and cupping. Patients’ major expectations from physical therapy were improving their functional status (86.5%, and reducing their pain (59.5%. Most patients (86.49% were satisfied of their physical therapy and 56.8% practiced home exercises. Reasons for nonattendance to physical therapy for the remaining 24 patients were nonprescription (58.3%, lack of financial resources (20.8%, geographical remoteness from rehabilitation centers (4% and lack of motivation (17%. Non-pharmacological treatment, especially based on exercise and education, is an integral part of the comprehensive management of AS. However, it is not efficiently implemented in Morocco and more effort should be made to develop this both efficient and relatively inexpensive component of AS treatment.

  17. Employment, work disability, and work days lost in patients with ankylosing spondylitis: a cross sectional study of Dutch patients

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    Boonen, A; Chorus, A.; Miedema, H; VAN DER HEIJDE;, D.; Van de Tempel, H.; S. van der Linden

    2001-01-01

    OBJECTIVE—To evaluate employment status, work disability, and work days lost in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS).?METHODS—A questionnaire was sent to 709 patients with AS aged 16-60. The results of 658 of the patients could be analysed.?RESULTS—After adjustment for age, labour force participation was decreased by 15.4% in male patients and 5.2% in female patients compared with the general Dutch population. Work disability (all causes) was 15.7% and 16.9% higher than expected in the g...

  18. Estimated radiation doses to different organs among patients treated for ankylosing spondylitis with a single course of X rays.

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    Lewis, CA; Smith, PG; Stratton, IM; Darby, SC; Doll, R

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    A follow-up study of over 14,000 patients treated with a single course of X rays for ankylosing spondylitis demonstrated a substantial excess risk of developing cancer. Previously the excess risk of leukaemia has been related to the estimated mean radiation dose to the active bone marrow but detailed estimates were not made of the radiation doses to other organs. In the present work, data extracted from the original treatment records of a random sample of one in 15 patients have been used to ...

  19. Ankylosing spondylitis, aortic regurgitation, acetabular dysplasia and osteoarthritis of the hip : an epidemiological survey in a Norwegian Sámi population

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    Johnsen, Knut

    2009-01-01

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    2. Knut Johnsen, Markku Mähönen and Per Lunde: «Prevalence estimation and follow-up of aortic regurgitation subjects in a Norwegian Sámi popula...

  20. Scoring inflammatory activity of the spine by magnetic resonance imaging in ankylosing spondylitis: a multireader experiment.

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    Lukas, Cédric; Braun, Jürgen

    2007-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the spine is increasingly important in the assessment of inflammatory activity in clinical trials with patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS). We investigated feasibility, inter-reader reliability, sensitivity to change, and discriminatory ability of 3 different scoring methods for MRI activity and change in activity of the spine in patients with AS. METHODS: Thirty sets of spinal MRI at baseline and after 24 weeks of followup, derived from a randomized clinical trial comparing a tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-blocking drug (n = 20) with placebo (n = 10) and selected to cover a wide range of activity at baseline and change in activity, were presented electronically in a partial latin-square design to 9 experienced readers from different countries (Europe, Canada). Readers scored each set of MRI 3 times, using 3 different methods including the Ankylosing Spondylitis spine Magnetic Resonance Imaging-activity [ASspiMRI-a, grading activity (0-6) per vertebral unit in23 units]; the Berlin modification of the ASspiMRI-a; and the Spondyloarthritis Research Consortium of Canada (SPARCC) scoring system, which scores the 6 vertebral units considered by the reader as the most abnormal, with additional scores for "depth" and "intensity." Both the order of the methods used by each reader and the timepoints (before/after treatment) were randomized. Feasibility of each scoring system was evaluated by measuring the mean time needed to score each set of MRI, and inter-reader reliability was evaluated by smallest detectable change (SDC) and by intraclass correlation coefficients (ICC) for all readers together and for all possible reader pairs separately. Sensitivity to change was investigated by calculating Guyatt's effect size on change scores. Discriminatory ability was assessed using Z-scores (Mann-Whitney test) comparing change in score between patients treated with TNF-blocking drug and placebo. RESULTS: The mean time to score one set of MRI was shortest for the Berlin method. SDC was lowest for the Berlin method and highest for SPARCC. Overall inter-reader ICC per method were between 0.49 and 0.77 for scoring activity status, and between 0.46 and 0.72 for scoring activity change. ICC for all possible reader pairs showed much more fluctuation per method, with lowest observed values of about 0.05 (very low agreement) and highest observed values over 0.90 (excellent agreement). In general, ICC for SPARCC were consistently higher than for other systems. Sensitivity to change differed per reader, and was more consistent with SPARCC than with the other methods, but was in general excellent for all 3 methods. Discrimination between groups (TNF-blocker vs placebo) assessed by Z-scores was good and comparable among methods. CONCLUSION: This experiment demonstrates the feasibility of multiple-reader MRI scoring exercises for method comparison, provides evidence for the feasibility, reliability, sensitivity to change, and discriminatory capacity of all 3 tested scoring systems to be used in assessing spinal activity on MRI in patients with AS in clinical trials. On the basis of these results it is not possible to prioritize one of the 3 methods. Udgivelsesdato: 2007-Apr

  1. Espondilite anquilosante e anestesia Espondilitis anquilosante y anestesia Ankylosing spondylitis and anesthesia

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    Carlos Rogério Degrandi Oliveira

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: A espondilite anquilosante (EA é uma doença inflamatória crônica das articulações, incluída no grupo das espondiloartropatias soronegativas. A característica principal dessa doença é a fusão óssea da coluna vertebral que leva à perda permanente da flexibilidade do dorso e do pescoço. Outras grandes articulações e tecidos conectivos poderão estar afetados pelo processo inflamatório. A EA acomete principalmente homens entre 20 e 40 anos; é rara após os 50 anos. As mulheres correspondem somente à minoria de pacientes. Há pouca informação sobre a EA na literatura anestésica. O objetivo deste artigo foi revisar aspectos da EA de interesse para o anestesiologista, permitindo um adequado manuseio perioperatório. CONTEÚDO: Estão definidas as características da espondilite anquilosante quanto à clínica e a conduta anestésica. CONCLUSÕES: Os pacientes com doenças crônicas da coluna vertebral apresentam desafios específicos para o anestesiologista. O manuseio da via aérea e o acesso ao neuroeixo poderão ser difíceis. Preferência tem sido dada à anestesia geral, mesmo com via aérea difícil reconhecida, evitando-se a anestesia no neuroeixo. O grau de envolvimento da coluna cervical determinará o quanto poderá ser difícil a intubação traqueal. Cuidado especial deve ser tomado para evitar a manipulação excessiva da coluna cervical, que poderia levar ao trauma da medula espinhal.JUSTIFICATIVA Y OBJETIVOS: La espondilitis anquilosante (EA es una enfermedad inflamatoria crónica de las articulaciones, incluida en el grupo de las espondiloartropatías soronegativas. La característica principal de esa enfermedad es la fusión ósea de la columna vertebral que conlleva a la pérdida permanente de la flexibilidad del dorso y del cuello. Otras grandes articulaciones y tejidos conectivos podrán estar afectados por el proceso inflamatorio. La EA acomete principalmente a hombres entre los 20 y 40 años; es rara después de los 50 años. Las mujeres corresponden solamente a la minoría de pacientes. Existe poca información sobre la EA en la literatura anestésica. El objetivo de este artículo fue revisar aspectos de la EA de interés para el anestesiólogo, permitiendo un adecuado manoseo perioperatorio. CONTENIDO: Están definidas las características de la espondilitis anquilosante en cuanto a la clínica y la conducta anestésica. CONCLUSIONES: Los pacientes con enfermedades crónicas de la columna vertebral presentan desafíos específicos para el anestesiólogo. El manoseo de la vía aérea y el acceso al neuro-eje podrán ser difíciles. La preferencia ha sido dada a la anestesia general, incluso con la vía aérea de difícil acceso, evitando la anestesia en el neuro-eje. El grado de involucración de la columna cervical determinará cuanto podrá ser difícil la intubación traqueal. Un cuidado especial debe tenerse para evitar la manipulación excesiva de la columna cervical, lo que podría conllevar al trauma de la médula espinal.BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Ankylosing spondylitis (AS is a chronic inflammatory disease of the joints, included in the group of seronegative spondyloarthropathies. Its main characteristic is the fusion of the bones in the spine, which causes loss of flexibility of the back and neck. Other large articulations and connective tissues can be affected by the inflammatory process. It affects mainly men between the ages of 20 and 40; it is rare after the age of 50. Women represent a minority of patients. There is little information about AS in the anesthetic literature. The objective of this article was to review the characteristics of AS pertaining anesthesiology for an adequate perioperative handling. CONTENTS: The clinical characteristics of ankylosing spondylitis pertaining to the anesthetic conduct are reviewed. CONCLUSIONS: Patients with chronic diseases of the spine represent specific challenges to the anesthesiologist. Handling of the airways and the access to the neuroaxis can be difficult. Most anesthesiologi

  2. Anti-TNF-? therapy reduces endothelial cell activation in non-diabetic ankylosing spondylitis patients.

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    Genre, Fernanda; López-Mejías, Raquel; Miranda-Filloy, José A; Ubilla, Begoña; Mijares, Verónica; Carnero-López, Beatriz; Gómez-Acebo, Inés; Dierssen-Sotos, Trinidad; Remuzgo-Martínez, Sara; Blanco, Ricardo; Pina, Trinitario; González-Juanatey, Carlos; Llorca, Javier; González-Gay, Miguel A

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    Endothelial dysfunction can be detected by the presence of elevated levels of biomarkers of endothelial cell activation. In this study, we aimed to establish whether correlations of these biomarkers with characteristics of patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) exist. We also studied the effect of anti-TNF-? therapy on these biomarkers. Serum sE-selectin, MCP-1 and sVCAM-1 levels were measured by ELISA in 30 non-diabetic AS patients undergoing anti-TNF-? therapy, immediately before and after an infusion of infliximab. Correlations of these biomarkers with clinical features, systemic inflammation, metabolic syndrome and other serum and plasma biomarkers of cardiovascular risk were studied. Potential changes in the concentration of these biomarkers following an infliximab infusion were also assessed. sE-selectin showed a positive correlation with CRP (p = 0.02) and with other endothelial cell activation biomarkers such as sVCAM-1 (p = 0.019) and apelin (p = 0.008). sVCAM-1 negatively correlated with BMI (p = 0.018), diastolic blood pressure (p = 0.008) and serum glucose (p = 0.04). sVCAM-1 also showed a positive correlation with VAS spinal pain (p = 0.014) and apelin (p < 0.001). MCP-1 had a negative correlation with LDL cholesterol (p = 0.026) and ESR (p = 0.017). Patients with hip involvement and synovitis and/or enthesitis in other peripheral joints showed higher levels of MCP-1 (p = 0.004 and 0.02, respectively). A single infliximab infusion led to a significant reduction in sE-selectin (p = 0.0015) and sVCAM-1 (p = 0.04). Endothelial dysfunction correlates with inflammation and metabolic syndrome features in patients with AS. A beneficial effect of the anti-TNF-? blockade on endothelial dysfunction, manifested by a reduction in levels of biomarkers of endothelial cell activation, was observed. PMID:26143161

  3. Reducing work disability in Ankylosing Spondylitis – development of a work instability scale for AS

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    Helliwell Philip

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The Work Instability Scale for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA-WIS is established and is used by physicians to identify patients at risk of job loss for rapid intervention. The study objective was to explore the concept of Work Instability (a mismatch between an individual's abilities and job demands in Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS and develop a Work Instability Scale specific to this population. Methods New items generated from qualitative interviews were combined with items from the RA-WIS to form a draft AS-WIS. Rasch analysis was used to examine the scaling properties of the AS-WIS using data generated through a postal survey. The scale was validated against a gold standard of expert assessment, a test-retest survey examined reliability. Results Fifty-seven participants who were in work returned the postal survey. Of the original 55 items 38 were shown to fit the Rasch model (?2 37.5; df 38; p 0.494 and free of bias for gender and disease duration. Following analysis for discrimination against the gold standard assessments 20 items remained with good fit to the model (?2 24.8; df 20; p 0.21. Test-retest reliability was 0.94. Conclusion The AS-WIS is a self-administered scale which meets the stringent requirements of modern measurement. Used as a screening tool it can identify those experiencing a mismatch at work who are at risk of job retention problems and work disability. Work instability is emerging as an important indication for the use of biologics, thus the AS-WIS has the potential to become an important outcome measure.

  4. {sup 18}F-Fluoride PET/CT for detection of sacroiliitis in ankylosing spondylitis

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    Strobel, Klaus [University Hospital, Department of Medical Radiology, Division of Nuclear Medicine, Zurich (Switzerland); Cantonal Hospital Lucerne, Nuclear Medicine, Lucerne (Switzerland); Fischer, Dorothee R.; Stumpe, Katrin D.M.; Schulthess, Gustav K. von [University Hospital, Department of Medical Radiology, Division of Nuclear Medicine, Zurich (Switzerland); Tamborrini, Giorgio; Kyburz, Diego; Michel, Beat A.; Ciurea, Adrian [University Hospital Zurich, Department of Rheumatology, Zurich (Switzerland); Hesselmann, Rolf G.X.; Johayem, A. [University Hospital Zurich, Radiopharmacy, Zurich (Switzerland)

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    The aim of this study was to evaluate the performance of {sup 18}F-fluoride-PET/CT (PET/CT) for the diagnosis of sacroiliac joint (SIJ) arthritis in patients with active ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Included in the study were 15 patients with AS according to the modified New York criteria (AS group) and with active disease and 13 patients with mechanical low back pain (MLBP; control group) who were investigated with whole-body {sup 18}F-fluoride PET/CT. The ratio of the uptake in the SIJ and that in the sacrum (SIJ/S) was calculated for every joint. The mean SIJ/S ratio of 30 quantified joints in the AS group was 1.66 (range 1.10-3.07) with PET/CT, and the mean SIJ/S ratio of 26 quantified joints in the MLBP group was 1.12 (range 0.71-1.52). The area under the receiver operating characteristic curve for SIJ arthritis was 0.84. With plain radiography as a the gold standard and taking an SIJ/S ratio of >1.3 as the threshold, the sensitivity, specificity and accuracy on a per patient basis were 80%, 77% and 79%, respectively. On a per SIJ basis, the greatest sensitivity (94%) was found in grade 3 sacroiliitis (n = 16). Our results suggest that quantitative {sup 18}F-fluoride PET/CT may play a role in the diagnosis of sacroiliitis in active AS and is an alternative to conventional bone scintigraphy in times of molybdenum shortage. (orig.)

  5. Bone Mineral Density in Patients with Ankylosing Spondylitis: Incidence and Correlation with Demographic and Clinical Variables

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    Laura MUNTEAN

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To evaluate bone mineral density (BMD in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS and determine its correlation with the demographic and clinical characteristics of AS. Patients and Methods: Demographic, clinical and osteodensitometric data were evaluated in a cross-sectional study that included 136 patients with AS. Spine and hip BMD were measured by means of dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA. Using the modified Schober’s test we assessed spine mobility. We examined the sacroiliac, anteroposterior and lateral dorso-lumbar spine radiographs in order to grade sacroiliitis and assess syndesmophytes. Disease activity was evaluated using C-reactive protein (CRP levels and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR. Demographic data and BMD measurements were compared with those of 167 age- and sex-matched healthy controls. Results: Patients with AS had a significantly lower BMD at the spine, femoral neck, trochanter and total hip as compared to age-matched controls (all p<0.01. According to the WHO classification, osteoporosis was present in 20.6% of the AS patients at the lumbar spine and in 14.6% at the femoral neck. There were no significant differences in BMD when comparing men and women with AS, except for trochanter BMD that was lower in female patients. No correlations were found between disease activity markers (ESR, CRP and BMD. Femoral neck BMD was correlated with disease duration, Schober’s test and sacroiliitis grade. Conclusion: Patients with AS have a lower spine and hip BMD as compared to age- and sex-matched controls. Bone loss at the femoral neck is associated with disease duration and more severe AS.

  6. The potential of selected South African plants with anti-Klebsiella activity for the treatment and prevention of ankylosing spondylitis.

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    Cock, I E; van Vuuren, S F

    2015-02-01

    A wide variety of herbal remedies are used in traditional African medicine to treat inflammatory disorders, including some autoimmune diseases. Thirty-four extracts from 13 South African plant species traditionally used for the treatment of inflammation were investigated for their ability to control a microbial trigger for ankylosing spondylitis (Klebsiella pneumoniae). Twenty-six of the extracts (76.5%) inhibited the growth of K. pneumoniae. Methanol and water extracts of Ballota africana, Carpobrotus edulis leaves, Kigellia africana, Lippia javanica, Pelargonium fasiculata, Syzygium cordatum (including bark), Terminalia pruinoides and Terminalia sericea were effective K. pneumoniae inhibitors, with MIC values <1000 µg/ml. The roots of Tulbaghia violaceae and bark from Warburgia salutaris also demonstrated efficacy. The most potent extracts were examined by RP-HPLC and UV-Vis spectroscopy for the presence of resveratrol. Methanolic extracts of B. africana, C. edulis leaves, L. javanica, T. pruinoides and T. sericea, as well as aqueous B. africana, T. pruinoides and T. sericea extracts, displayed peaks with retention times and UV-Vis spectra consistent with the presence of resveratrol. Resveratrol was generally a minor component, indicating that resveratrol was not solely responsible for the anti-Klebsiella growth inhibitory properties. Plant extracts with K. pneumoniae inhibitory activity were either non-toxic, or of low toxicity in the Artemia (brine shrimp) nauplii bioassay. Their low toxicity and antibiotic bioactivity against K. pneumoniae indicate their potential for both preventing the onset of ankylosing spondylitis and minimising its symptoms once the disease is established. PMID:25412961

  7. Capacidad funcional y factores asociados en pacientes con espondilitis anquilopoyética / Functional capacity and associated factors in patients with ankylosing spondylitis

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    Nelsa, Casas Figueredo; Jelsys, Vidal Rojas; Dionisio, Pérez Campos; Concepción, Castell Pérez; Ángela, Gutiérrez Rojas.

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    Full Text Available Introducción: la limitación funcional y la discapacidad son las consecuencias fundamentales para los pacientes con espondilitis anquilopoyética, diversos factores han sido relacionados con la discapacidad y su repercusión en la calidad de vida de estos enfermos. Objetivo: evaluar la capacidad funcio [...] nal y determinar factores asociados en los pacientes con espondilitis anquilopoyética. Métodos: se realizó un estudio transversal, descriptivo que incluyó 80 pacientes de la Consulta de Protocolo de Espondiloartropatías atendidos de junio de 2007 a julio de 2009. Se obtuvieron datos demográficos, clínicos, radiológicos y de laboratorio. Se evaluó la capacidad funcional aplicando el índice Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Functional Index (BASFI) y se determinaron las asociaciones existentes. Resultados: predominó el sexo masculino (66,3 %). La edad media fue 40,1 años. La edad de inicio de la enfermedad, mayor de 20 años (73,8 %), presentó mayor BASFI (p=0,01), la ocupación laboral mostró diferencia significativa (56,14 %, p=0,04). El tiempo de demora del diagnóstico mayor de 10 años resultó significativo (p=0,03). El segmento cervical, la sacroilitis y el Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Activity Index (BASDAI) reflejaron incremento del BASFI, significación estadística (p=0,01), no así, los reactantes de fase aguda y el HLA-B27. Conclusiones: la capacidad funcional se asocia de forma significativa con la edad de inicio de la enfermedad, el tiempo de demora del diagnóstico, la afectación del segmento cervical, la ocupación laboral, la sacroilitis y la actividad de la enfermedad. Abstract in english Introducción: the functional limitation and the inability are the mayor consequences for patients presenting Ankylosing Spondylitis, Different factors have been related to inability and its repercussion in the quality of life of these patients. Objective: to assess the functional ability and to dete [...] rmine associated factors. Method: a cross-sectional and descriptive study was conducted including 80 patients from the Protocol Consultation of Spondylo-artropathies seen from June, 2007 to July, 2009. Demographic, clinical, radiological, and laboratory data were obtained. The functional ability was assessed applying BASFI rate (Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Functional Index) and the existing associations were determined. Results: there was male sex predominance, (63.3 %). The mean age was 40,1 years. The disease onset period - older than 20 years old (73.8 %), had great BASFI (p=0 0.01); the occupation showed significant difference (56.14 %, p=0.04). The delay time from diagnosis, longer than 10 years, was significant (p=0.03). The cervical segment, sacroiliitis and BASDAI (Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Activyt) showed a statistically significant BASFI increase (p=0.01), except the acute phase reactants and HLA-B27. Conclusions: the functional ability is significantly associated with the disease onset age, diagnosis delay time, involvement of cervical segment, occupation, sacroiliitis, and the disease activity.

  8. Relationship Between Upper Extremity Muscle Strength and Functional Level and Mobility in Patients with Ankylosing Spondylitis

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    Duygu Geler Külcü

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To assess muscle strength of upper extremity muscles in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS and analyze any association between muscle strength and mobility and functional level. Materials and Methods: 30 patients diagnosed as AS and 20 healthy controls were included into the study. Demographics such as age, gender, body mass index, disease duration, and physical activity level were recorded. Mobility parameters [occiput-wall (OWD, chin-sternum (CSD, finger-floor distances (FFD, modified Schober (MS, and chest expansion diameter (CED] were evaluated in both groups. Deltoid anterior, trapezius middle, rhomboid and biceps muscle strength were measured by manual upper extremity-trunk dynamometer. Bath AS Functional Index (BASFI and Bath AS Disease Activity Index (BASDAI were used to evaluate functional level. Groups were compared by Mann–Whitney U test. The relationship between muscle strength and mobilization parameters and functional level were analyzed by Spearman correlation coefficient. Results: Mean age of the patients was 34.8±9.1 and the mean disease duration was 8.4±8.3 years (9/21: female/male. The mean age of controls was 34.0±7.3 years (7/13: female/male. All assessed mobilization parameters except CSD and OWD and muscle strengths except rhomboid muscle were significantly lower in patients (p<0.05. In the patient group, biceps muscle strength was associated with MS (r=0.480, p=0.038, CED (r=0.472, p=0.011, and inversely with FFD (-0.628, p=0.000. Middle trapezius muscle strength was associated with MS (r=0.621, p=0.005 and inversely with FFD (r=-0.610, p=0.001. Anterior deltoid muscle strength was associated with MS (r=0.383, p=0.044, CED (r=0.513, p=0.005, and inversely with FFD (r=-0.645, p=0.000 and CSD (r=-0.498, p=0.008. Rhomboid muscle strength was associated with MS, CED (r=0.421, p=0.026, and inversely with FFD (r=-0.504, p=0.006. No correlation was found between measured muscle strength and BASFI and BASDAI scores. Conclusion: Upper extremity muscle strengths decrease in patients with AS. There is an association between upper extremity muscle strengths and mobility.

  9. Ankylosing spondylitis, late osteoarthritis, vascular calcification, chondrocalcinosis and pseudo gout: toward a possible drug therapy.

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    Mebarek, S; Hamade, E; Thouverey, C; Bandorowicz-Pikula, J; Pikula, S; Magne, D; Buchet, R

    2011-01-01

    In this review we consider diseases associated with pathological mineralization/ossification, namely, ankylosing spondylitis (AS), osteoarthritis (OA), generalized artery calcification of infancy (GACI), vascular calcification as well as chondrocalcinosis (CC) and pseudo gout. Deciphering the key enzymes implicated in the calcification process is an objective of prime importance and the ultimate goal is to synthesize inhibitors of these enzymes in order to provide efficient alternate therapeutic strategies that will slow down the pathologic mineralization and complement the arsenal of anti-inflammatory drugs. One of the difficulties in the definition of diseases associated with pathologic mineralization/ossification lies in the controversial relationship between the type of calcification and the nature of the disease. Here, we propose to clarify this relationship by making a distinction between diseases associated with hydroxyapatite (HA) and calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate (CPPD) deposits. AS, OA, GACI and vascular calcification are usually characterized by mineralization/ossification associated with HA deposits, while CC and pseudo gout are mostly characterized by CPPD deposits. Although both HA and CPPD deposits may occur concomitantly, as in chronic pyrophosphate arthritis or in OA with CPPD, they are formed as a result of two antagonistic processes indicating that treatment of distinct diseases can be only achieved by disease-specific drug therapies. The hydrolysis of PPi, an inhibitor of HA formation, is mostly controlled by tissue non-specific alkaline phosphatase TNAP, while PPi production in the extracellular medium is controlled by ANK, a PPi transporter, and/or NPP1 which generates PPi from nucleotide triphosphates. Low PPi concentration may lead to a preferential deposition of HA while high PPi concentration will favor the formation of CPPD deposits. Thus, HA and CCPD deposition cannot occur concomitantly because they are determined by the Pi/PPi ratio which, in turn, depends on the relative activities of antagonistic enzymes, TNAP hydrolyzing PPi or ANK and NPP1 producing PPi. TNAP inhibitors could prevent HA formation in AS, in late OA, in GACI, as well as in vascular calcifications, while ANK or NPP1 inhibitors could slow down CCPD deposition in CC and pseudo gout. PMID:21517761

  10. Adverse Events of Anti-Tumor Necrosis Factor ? Therapy in Ankylosing Spondylitis

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    Tong, Qiang; Cai, Qing; de Mooij, Tristan; Xu, Xia; Dai, Shengming; Qu, Wenchun; Zhao, Dongbao

    2015-01-01

    Objective This study aims to investigate the prevalence of short-term and long-term adverse events associated with tumor necrosis factor-? (TNF-?) blocker treatment in Chinese Han patients suffering from ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Methods The study included 402 Chinese Han AS patients treated with TNF-? blockers. Baseline data was collected. All patients were monitored for adverse events 2 hours following administration. Long-term treatment was evaluated at 8, 12, 52 and 104 weeks follow-up for 172 patients treated with TNF-? blockers. Results Short-term adverse events occurred in 20.15% (81/402), including rash (3.5%; 14/402), pruritus (1.2%; 5/402), nausea (2.2%; 9/402), headache (0.7%; 3/402), skin allergies (4.0%; 16/402), fever (0.5%; 2/402), palpitations (3.0%; 12/402), dyspnea (0.5%; 2/402), chest pain (0.2%; 2/402), abdominal pain (1.0%; 4/402), hypertension (2.2%; 9/402), papilledema (0.5%; 2/402), laryngeal edema (0.2%; 1/402) and premature ventricular contraction (0.2%; 1/402). Long-term adverse events occurred in 59 (34.3%; 59/172) patients, including pneumonia (7.6%; 13/172), urinary tract infections (9.9%; 17/172), otitis media (4.7%; 8/172), tuberculosis (3.5%; 17/172), abscess (1.2%; 2/172), oral candidiasis (0.6%; 1/172), elevation of transaminase (1.7%; 3/172), anemia (1.2%; 2/172), hematuresis (0.6%; 1/172), constipation (2.3%; 4/172), weight loss (0.6%; 1/172), exfoliative dermatitis (0.6%; 1/172). CRP, ESR and disease duration were found to be associated with an increased risk of immediate and long-term adverse events (P<0.05). Long-term treatment with Infliximab was associated with more adverse events than rhTNFR-Fc (P<0.01). Conclusion This study reports on the prevalence of adverse events in short-term and long-term treatment with TNF-? blocker monotherapy in Chinese Han AS patients. Duration of disease, erythrocyte sedimentation rate, and c-reactive protein serum levels were found to be associated with increased adverse events with anti-TNF-? therapy. Long-term treatment with Infliximab was associated with more adverse events than rhTNFR-Fc. PMID:25764452

  11. Vertebral Osteotomies in Ankylosing Spondylitis—Comparison of Outcomes Following Closing Wedge Osteotomy versus Opening Wedge Osteotomy: A Systematic Review

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    Ravinsky, Robert A.; Ouellet, Jean-Albert; Brodt, Erika D.; Dettori, Joseph R.

    2013-01-01

    Study Design?Systematic review. Study Rationale?To seek out and assess the best quality evidence available comparing opening wedge osteotomy (OWO) and closing wedge osteotomy (CWO) in patients with ankylosing spondylitis to determine whether their results differ with regard to several different subjective and objective outcome measures. Objective?The aim of this study is to determine whether there is a difference in subjective and objective outcomes when comparing CWO and OWO in patients with ankylosing spondylitis suffering from clinically significant thoracolumbar kyphosis with respect to quality-of-life assessments, complication risks, and the amount of correction of the spine achieved at follow-up. Methods?A systematic review was undertaken of articles published up to July 2012. Electronic databases and reference lists of key articles were searched to identify studies comparing effectiveness and safety outcomes between adult patients with ankylosing spondylitis who received closing wedge versus opening wedge osteotomies. Studies that included pediatric patients, polysegmental osteotomies, or revision procedures were excluded. Two independent reviewers assessed the strength of evidence using the GRADE criteria and disagreements were resolved by consensus. Results?From a total of 67 possible citations, 4 retrospective cohorts (class of evidence III) met our inclusion criteria and form the basis for this report. No differences in Oswestry Disability Index, visual analog scale for pain, Scoliosis Research Society (SRS)-24 score, SRS-22 score, and patient satisfaction were reported between the closing and opening wedge groups across two studies. Regarding radiological outcomes following closing versus opening osteotomies, mean change in sagittal vertical axis ranged from 8.9 to 10.8 cm and 8.0 to 10.9 cm, respectively, across three studies; mean change in lumbar lordosis ranged from 36 to 47 degrees and 19 to 41 degrees across four studies; and mean change in global kyphosis ranged from 38 to 40 degrees and 28 to 35 degrees across two studies. Across all studies, overall complication risks ranged from 0 to 16.7% following CWO and from 0 to 23.6% following OWO. Conclusion?No statistically significant differences were seen in patient-reported or radiographic outcomes between CWO and OWO in any study. The risks of dural tear, neurological injury, and reoperation were similar between groups. Blood loss was greater in the closing wedge compared with the opening wedge group, while the risk of paralytic ileus was less. The overall strength of evidence for the conclusions is low. PMID:24436696

  12. Vertebral Osteotomies in Ankylosing Spondylitis-Comparison of Outcomes Following Closing Wedge Osteotomy versus Opening Wedge Osteotomy: A Systematic Review.

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    Ravinsky, Robert A; Ouellet, Jean-Albert; Brodt, Erika D; Dettori, Joseph R

    2013-04-01

    Study Design?Systematic review. Study Rationale?To seek out and assess the best quality evidence available comparing opening wedge osteotomy (OWO) and closing wedge osteotomy (CWO) in patients with ankylosing spondylitis to determine whether their results differ with regard to several different subjective and objective outcome measures. Objective?The aim of this study is to determine whether there is a difference in subjective and objective outcomes when comparing CWO and OWO in patients with ankylosing spondylitis suffering from clinically significant thoracolumbar kyphosis with respect to quality-of-life assessments, complication risks, and the amount of correction of the spine achieved at follow-up. Methods?A systematic review was undertaken of articles published up to July 2012. Electronic databases and reference lists of key articles were searched to identify studies comparing effectiveness and safety outcomes between adult patients with ankylosing spondylitis who received closing wedge versus opening wedge osteotomies. Studies that included pediatric patients, polysegmental osteotomies, or revision procedures were excluded. Two independent reviewers assessed the strength of evidence using the GRADE criteria and disagreements were resolved by consensus. Results?From a total of 67 possible citations, 4 retrospective cohorts (class of evidence III) met our inclusion criteria and form the basis for this report. No differences in Oswestry Disability Index, visual analog scale for pain, Scoliosis Research Society (SRS)-24 score, SRS-22 score, and patient satisfaction were reported between the closing and opening wedge groups across two studies. Regarding radiological outcomes following closing versus opening osteotomies, mean change in sagittal vertical axis ranged from 8.9 to 10.8 cm and 8.0 to 10.9 cm, respectively, across three studies; mean change in lumbar lordosis ranged from 36 to 47 degrees and 19 to 41 degrees across four studies; and mean change in global kyphosis ranged from 38 to 40 degrees and 28 to 35 degrees across two studies. Across all studies, overall complication risks ranged from 0 to 16.7% following CWO and from 0 to 23.6% following OWO. Conclusion?No statistically significant differences were seen in patient-reported or radiographic outcomes between CWO and OWO in any study. The risks of dural tear, neurological injury, and reoperation were similar between groups. Blood loss was greater in the closing wedge compared with the opening wedge group, while the risk of paralytic ileus was less. The overall strength of evidence for the conclusions is low. PMID:24436696

  13. Criptosporidiose em paciente com espondilite anquilosante usando adalimumabe Cryptosporidiosis in a patient with ankylosing spondylitis treated with adalimumab

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    Fernando Augusto Chiuchetta

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    Full Text Available A criptosporidiose é uma doença parasitária causada pelo protozoário Cryptosporidium sp. Observou-se um aumento no número de diagnósticos realizados nos últimos vinte anos, principalmente em pacientes que apresentam imunodeficiências como a síndrome da imunodeficiência humana adquirida e as imunodeficiências induzidas como em pacientes transplantados e nos que necessitam realizar hemodiálise frequentemente. Relata-se o caso de um jovem com espondilite anquilosante que, usando adalimumabe, apresentou diarreia devido à criptosporidiose.Cryptosporidiosis is a parasitic disease caused by a protozoan called Cryptosporidium sp. An increased number of diagnoses were made in the last 20 years, especially in patients with immunodeficiency like the acquired human immunodeficiency syndrome and induced immunodeficiency, such as in transplant patients and those who need frequent hemodialysis, has been observed. We report the case of a young patient with ankylosing spondylitis treated with adalimumab who developed chronic diarrhea secondary to cryptosporidiosis

  14. Criptosporidiose em paciente com espondilite anquilosante usando adalimumabe / Cryptosporidiosis in a patient with ankylosing spondylitis treated with adalimumab

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    Fernando Augusto, Chiuchetta.

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available A criptosporidiose é uma doença parasitária causada pelo protozoário Cryptosporidium sp. Observou-se um aumento no número de diagnósticos realizados nos últimos vinte anos, principalmente em pacientes que apresentam imunodeficiências como a síndrome da imunodeficiência humana adquirida e as imunodef [...] iciências induzidas como em pacientes transplantados e nos que necessitam realizar hemodiálise frequentemente. Relata-se o caso de um jovem com espondilite anquilosante que, usando adalimumabe, apresentou diarreia devido à criptosporidiose. Abstract in english Cryptosporidiosis is a parasitic disease caused by a protozoan called Cryptosporidium sp. An increased number of diagnoses were made in the last 20 years, especially in patients with immunodeficiency like the acquired human immunodeficiency syndrome and induced immunodeficiency, such as in transplan [...] t patients and those who need frequent hemodialysis, has been observed. We report the case of a young patient with ankylosing spondylitis treated with adalimumab who developed chronic diarrhea secondary to cryptosporidiosis

  15. Golimumab: A novel human anti-TNF-? monoclonal antibody for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and psoriatic arthritis

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    Jonathan Kay

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    Full Text Available Jonathan Kay1, Mahboob U Rahman2,31Division of Rheumatology, UMass Memorial Medical Center, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA, USA; 2Centocor Research and Development, inc., Malvern, PA, USA; 3University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, USAIntroduction: The introduction of tumor necrosis factor-? (TNF-? inhibitors represented a significant advance in the management of rheumatoid arthritis (RA and other chronic inflammatory diseases. Although three TNF-? inhibitors have been approved for the treatment of RA by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA and the European Medicinal Products Evaluation Agency (EMEA, not all patients achieve a satisfactory clinical improvement with these therapeutic agents. The mode of administration of these medications is inconvenient for some patients.Aims: Golimumab is a novel anti-TNF-? monoclonal antibody that is in clinical development for the treatment of RA, psoriatic arthritis (PsA, and ankylosing spondylitis (AS, either as a first-line biologic therapy or an alternative after other TNF-? inhibitors have been discontinued. This review summarizes the development of, and clinical evidence achieved with, golimumab.Evidence review: Golimumab has demonstrated significant efficacy in randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials when administered subcutaneously once every four weeks. It has been generally well tolerated in clinical trials and demonstrates a safety profile comparable with currently available TNF-? inhibitors.Outcomes summary: Golimumab has been confirmed to be an effective treatment for patients with RA, PsA, and AS in phase III clinical trials as evaluated by traditional measures of disease activity, such as signs and symptoms, as well as measures of physical function, patient reported outcomes, and health economic measures. The efficacy and safety profile of golimumab in RA, PsA, and AS appears to be similar to other anti-TNF agents. However, golimumab has the potential advantage of once monthly subcutaneous administration and the possibility of both subcutaneous and intravenous administration.Keywords: golimumab, TNF-? inhibitors, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis

  16. Concomitância de fibromialgia em pacientes com espondilite anquilosante Occurrence of fibromyalgia in patients with ankylosing spondylitis

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    Valderilio Feijó Azevedo

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: A Espondilite Anquilosante (EA é uma doença inflamatória crônica que acomete o esqueleto axial. Cursa com dor e incapacidade funcional. Para medir o impacto da EA na vida dos pacientes são utilizados questionários que avaliam a atividade da doença (BASDAI; a incapacidade funcional (BASFI; e a qualidade de vida (ASQoL. A Fibromialgia (FM é uma das causas mais comuns de dor generalizada e pode coexistir com outras doenças; pode ser avaliada por meio do questionário de impacto da Fibromialgia (FIQ. Há poucos estudos demonstrando correlações entre FM e EA. O presente estudo obteve dados referentes ao perfil epidemiológico de pacientes com EA e FM e avaliou a prevalência de FM em portadores de EA. Avaliou-se a interferência da FM nos escores dos testes BASDAI, BASFI e ASQoL. PACIENTES E MÉTODO: Foram incluídos 71 pacientes portadores de EA diagnosticados de acordo com os critérios modificados de Nova York. Avaliação clínica, funcional e aplicação dos testes BASDAI, BASFI e ASQoL foram realizados. Os pacientes com diagnóstico de FM foram avaliados com o FIQ. RESULTADOS: Onze pacientes preencheram os critérios para FM, observando-se assim uma prevalência de 15% de FM entre os pacientes com EA, sendo mais frequente entre as mulheres (3,8:1. A idade de início da doença (EA foi de 27,5 anos. O antígeno HLA-B27 foi positivo na grande maioria (80,4%. Comparando-se as médias dos testes BASDAI, BASFI e ASQoL, verificou-se que os valores são significativamente superiores (P INTRODUCTION: Ankylosing spondylitis (AS is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the axial skeletal system, causing pain and functional incapacity. To measure the impact of AS on patient's life, questionnaires are used to assess disease activity (BASDAI; functional incapacity (BASFI; and quality of life (ASQoL. Fibromyalgia (FM is one of the most common causes of generalized pain and can coexist with other diseases; it can be assessed by the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQ. Few studies have demonstrated correlations between FM and AS. The present study obtained data regarding the epidemiologic profile of patients with AS and FM and evaluated the prevalence of FM in patients with AS. The FM influence on BASDAI, BASFI and ASQoL test scores was assessed. PATIENTS AND METHOD: A total of 71 patients with AS, diagnosed according to the modified New York criteria, were studied. Clinical and functional assessment was performed and BASDAI, BASFI and ASQoL tests were applied. Patients with a diagnosis of FM were evaluated through the FIQ. RESULTS: Eleven patients met the criteria for FM; thus a FM prevalence of 15% was observed among the patients with AS. FM was more prevalent among women (3.8:1. Age at disease onset (AS was 27.5 years. The HLA-B27 antigen was positive in most of them (80.4%. When comparing BASDAI, BASFI and ASQoL test means, it was observed that values are significantly higher (P < 0.01 among patients with FM. We concluded that the coexistence of FM can worsen AS activity aspects, as well as functional incapacity and quality of life

  17. Caracterização da uveíte na espondilite anquilosante / Characterization of uveitis in ankylosing spondylitis

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    Percival Degrava, Sampaio-Barros; Manoel Barros, Bértolo; Adil Muhib, Samara.

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: analisar a apresentação clínica e a evolução da uveíte em uma população de 207 pacientes com espondilite anquilosante (EA). MÉTODOS: estudo retrospectivo (1988-2001) analisando 207 pacientes com o diagnóstico de EA segundo os critérios de Nova York modificados. Todos apresentavam investiga [...] ção clínica (envolvimento axial e periférico, entesopatias, manifestações extra-articulares) e radiológica (sacroilíaca, coluna lombar, dorsal e cervical) completas, além da pesquisa do HLA-B27 (com seus respectivos alelos, quando possível). Os dados foram comparados com a presença de uveíte durante o período de seguimento dos pacientes. RESULTADOS: trinta pacientes (14,5%) apresentaram 55 episódios de uveíte anterior aguda unilateral durante o seguimento ambulatorial. Vinte e sete pacientes encontravam-se em atividade articular da EA no momento da crise de uveíte, enquanto três pacientes encontravam-se inativos do ponto de vista articular. Um único paciente, em tratamento de tuberculose pulmonar, apresentou um episódio de uveíte posterior. Entre os pacientes com uveíte, houve predomínio de sexo masculino (82,6%), raça caucasóide (77,8%), início da EA na idade adulta (83,1%), HLA-B27 positivo (79,2%), sem história familiar de EA (84,5%). Houve associação estatística entre uveíte e idade de início juvenil (p = 0,0094) e entesopatias aquileana (p = 0,0003) e plantar (p = 0,0067). Nenhum paciente apresentou seqüela ocular grave da uveíte. Dezesseis pacientes fizeram uso de sulfassalazina (1,0 g/dia a 2,0 g/dia), por prazo mínimo de seis meses. CONCLUSÕES: a uveíte anterior aguda foi comum na evolução da EA nesta casuística, estando associada preferencialmente à EA de início juvenil e ao acometimento articular entesopático de membros inferiores. Abstract in english OBJECTIVE: To analyze the clinical picture and outcome of uveitis in a series of 207 patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS). METHODS: Retrospective study (1988-2001) analyzing 207 patients with diagnosis of AS according to the modified New York criteria. All patients were submited to complete cli [...] nical (axial and peripheral involvement, heel enthesopathies, extra-articular manifestations) and radiological (sacroiliac, lumbar, dorsal and cervical spine) investigation, HLA-B27 evaluation (and respective alleles, whenever possible), were searched. These data were compared with the occurrence of uveitis during the follow-up of the AS patients. RESULTS: Thirty patients (14.5%) presented 55 episodes of acute unilateral anterior uveitis. Twenty seven patients had active articular disease at the moment of the uveitis crisis, while three patients were inactive. One patient, in treatment of lung tuberculosis, presented a single episode of posterior uveitis. Among the uveitis in AS patients, there was predominance of male sex (82.6%), Caucasoid race (77.8%), adult-onset AS (83.1%), positive HLA-B27 (79.2%) and absence of familial history of AS (84.5%). There was statistical association between uveitis and juvenile-onset AS (p = 0.0094) and achillean (p = 0.0003) and plantar (p = 0.0067) enthesopathies. No patient presented severe ophthalmologic sequelae of uveitis. Sulfasalazine (1 to 2 g, daily) was prescribed to 16 patients, for a minimum period of six months. CONCLUSIONS: Acute anterior uveitis was common in the follow-up of AS patients in this casuistic, associated to the juvenile-onset of the disease and to the enthesophatic involvement of the lower limbs.

  18. Concomitância de fibromialgia em pacientes com espondilite anquilosante / Occurrence of fibromyalgia in patients with ankylosing spondylitis

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    Valderilio Feijó, Azevedo; Eduardo dos Santos, Paiva; Lúcio Ricardo Hiurko, Felippe; Ranieri Amorim, Moreira.

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    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: A Espondilite Anquilosante (EA) é uma doença inflamatória crônica que acomete o esqueleto axial. Cursa com dor e incapacidade funcional. Para medir o impacto da EA na vida dos pacientes são utilizados questionários que avaliam a atividade da doença (BASDAI); a incapacidade funcional (BAS [...] FI); e a qualidade de vida (ASQoL). A Fibromialgia (FM) é uma das causas mais comuns de dor generalizada e pode coexistir com outras doenças; pode ser avaliada por meio do questionário de impacto da Fibromialgia (FIQ). Há poucos estudos demonstrando correlações entre FM e EA. O presente estudo obteve dados referentes ao perfil epidemiológico de pacientes com EA e FM e avaliou a prevalência de FM em portadores de EA. Avaliou-se a interferência da FM nos escores dos testes BASDAI, BASFI e ASQoL. PACIENTES E MÉTODO: Foram incluídos 71 pacientes portadores de EA diagnosticados de acordo com os critérios modificados de Nova York. Avaliação clínica, funcional e aplicação dos testes BASDAI, BASFI e ASQoL foram realizados. Os pacientes com diagnóstico de FM foram avaliados com o FIQ. RESULTADOS: Onze pacientes preencheram os critérios para FM, observando-se assim uma prevalência de 15% de FM entre os pacientes com EA, sendo mais frequente entre as mulheres (3,8:1). A idade de início da doença (EA) foi de 27,5 anos. O antígeno HLA-B27 foi positivo na grande maioria (80,4%). Comparando-se as médias dos testes BASDAI, BASFI e ASQoL, verificou-se que os valores são significativamente superiores (P Abstract in english INTRODUCTION: Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the axial skeletal system, causing pain and functional incapacity. To measure the impact of AS on patient's life, questionnaires are used to assess disease activity (BASDAI); functional incapacity (BASFI); and q [...] uality of life (ASQoL). Fibromyalgia (FM) is one of the most common causes of generalized pain and can coexist with other diseases; it can be assessed by the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQ). Few studies have demonstrated correlations between FM and AS. The present study obtained data regarding the epidemiologic profile of patients with AS and FM and evaluated the prevalence of FM in patients with AS. The FM influence on BASDAI, BASFI and ASQoL test scores was assessed. PATIENTS AND METHOD: A total of 71 patients with AS, diagnosed according to the modified New York criteria, were studied. Clinical and functional assessment was performed and BASDAI, BASFI and ASQoL tests were applied. Patients with a diagnosis of FM were evaluated through the FIQ. RESULTS: Eleven patients met the criteria for FM; thus a FM prevalence of 15% was observed among the patients with AS. FM was more prevalent among women (3.8:1). Age at disease onset (AS) was 27.5 years. The HLA-B27 antigen was positive in most of them (80.4%). When comparing BASDAI, BASFI and ASQoL test means, it was observed that values are significantly higher (P

  19. Patient-reported adherence to coprescribed proton pump inhibitor gastroprotection in osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis patients using nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

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    Henriksson K; From J; Stratelis G

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    Kenneth Henriksson,1 Jesper From,2 Georgios Stratelis2 1Reuma City, Stockholm, 2AstraZeneca Nordic-Baltic, Södertälje, Sweden Background: Patients with osteoarthritis (OA), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), or ankylosing spondylitis (AS) are commonly treated with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), sometimes with a concomitant gastroprotective proton pump inhibitor (PPI). The present study examines real-life patient adherence to PPIs when coprescribed with NSAIDs. Methods: Thi...

  20. The LMP2 polymorphism is associated with susceptibility to acute anterior uveitis in HLA-B27 positive juvenile and adult Mexican subjects with ankylosing spondylitis

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    Maksymowych, W; Jhangri, G.; Gorodezky, C.; M. Luong; Wong, C; Burgos-Vargas, R.; Morenot, M.; J. Sanchez-Corona; Ramos-Remus, C; Russell, A.

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    INTRODUCTION—An association between polymorphism of the HLA linked LMP2 locus and the development of acute anterior uveitis (AAU) has previously been described in B27 positive white subjects with ankylosing spondylitis (AS). This study evaluated LMP2 alleles in two HLA-B27 positive Mexican populations of patients with spondyloarthropathy known to have a different clinical spectrum of disease from white people.?PATIENTS AND METHODS—The study populations consisted of 90 AS patients from Guadala...

  1. Baseline new bone formation does not predict bone loss in ankylosing spondylitis as assessed by quantitative computed tomography (QCT) - 10-year follow-up

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    Jeka S?awomir; Pluskiewicz Wojciech; Gorczowski Janusz; Grzanka Piotr; G?sowski Jerzy; Korkosz Mariusz; Grodzicki Tomasz

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    Abstract Background To evaluate the relationship between bone loss and new bone formation in ankylosing spondylitis (AS) using 10-year X-ray, dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) and quantitative computed tomography (QCT) follow-up. Methods Fifteen AS patients free from medical conditions and drugs affecting bone metabolism underwent X-ray, DXA and QCT in 1999 and 2009. Results In spine QCT a statistically significant (p = 0,001) decrease of trabecular bone mineral content (BMC) was observe...

  2. Investigation of two novel biochemical markers of inflammation, matrix metalloproteinase and cathepsin generated fragments of C-reactive protein, in patients with ankylosing spondylitis

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    Skjøt-Arkil, Helene; Schett, Georg; Zhang, Chen; Larsen, Dorthe Vang; Wang, Yaguo; Zheng, Qinlong; Larsen, Martin Røssel; Nawrocki, Arkadiusz; Bay-Jensen, Anne-Christine; Henriksen, Kim; Christiansen, Claus Bohn; Alexandersen, Peter; Leeming, Diana Julie; Karsdal, Morten Asser

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    Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a chronic inflammation of the spine and the sacroiliac joints. Current markers of inflammation, such as C-reactive protein (CRP), are reflecting the production of an acute phase reactant rather than tissue specific inflammation, but the use of CRP as a diagnostic and prognostic marker for AS has not provided the sought accuracy and specificity. We hypothesized that local enzymatic activity in the disease-affected tissue, which is associated with extensive tissue tu...

  3. ASAS/WHO ICF Core Sets for ankylosing spondylitis (AS): how to classify the impact of AS on functioning and health

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    Boonen, A; Braun, J.; van der Horst Bruinsma, I. E.; Huang, F.; Maksymowych, W.; Kostanjsek, N.; Cieza, A.; Stucki, Gerold; VAN DER HEIJDE;, D.

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    Objective: To report on the results of a standardised consensus process agreeing on concepts typical and/or relevant when classifying functioning and health in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) based on the International Classification of Functioning and Health (ICF). Methods: Experts in AS from different professional and geographical backgrounds attended a consensus conference and were divided into three working groups. Rheumatologists were selected from members of the Assessmen...

  4. Association of single nucleotide polymorphism at position ?308 of the tumor necrosis factor-alpha gene with ankylosing spondylitis and rheumatoid arthritis

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    Manolova, Irena; Ivanova, Mariana; Stoilov, Rumen; Rashkov, Rasho; Stanilova, Spaska

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    In this study, we analyzed the putative association between the ?308 G/A polymorphism in the promoter region of the tumor necrosis factor (TNF) ? gene (rs1800629) and chronic inflammatory arthritis in the Bulgarian population. A case-control study was carried out on 58 patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS), 108 rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients and 177 healthy subjects. ?308 G/A TNF-? genotypes of patients and controls were determined by restriction fragment length polymorphism polymeras...

  5. Combined Home Exercise Is More Effective Than Range-of-Motion Home Exercise in Patients with Ankylosing Spondylitis: A Randomized Controlled Trial

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    Lin-Fen Hsieh; Chih-Cheng Chuang; Ching-Shiang Tseng; James Cheng-Chung Wei; Wei-Chun Hsu; Yi-Jia Lin

    2014-01-01

    Home exercise is often recommended for management of patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS); however, what kind of home exercise is more beneficial for patients with AS has not been determined yet. We aimed to compare the effectiveness of combined home exercise (COMB) and range-of-motion home exercise (ROM) in patients with AS. Nineteen subjects with AS completed either COMB (n = 9) or ROM (n = 10) program. The COMB program included range-of-motion, strengthening, and aerobic exercise whil...

  6. Prehistoria, historia y arte de la Reumatología Gota y espondilitis anquilosante / Prehistory, history and arts of rheumatology. Gout and ankylosing spondylitis. Part II

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    Antonio, Iglesias-Gamarra; Gerardo, Quintana; José Félix, Restrepo Suárez.

    2006-06-30

    Full Text Available En esta segunda parte analizamos los inicios y la evolución de la Gota y de la Espondilitis Anquilosante. Relatamos nuevamente la importancia del arte en el desarrollo del conocimiento de estas enfermedades reumáticas. [...] Abstract in english In this second part, we analyzed the beginning and the evolution of the Gout and Ankylosing Spondylitis. We relate again the importance of art in the development of knowledge of this rheumatic diseases. [...

  7. Efficacy of tripterygium glycosides tablet in treating ankylosing spondylitis: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.

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    Li, Hong; Guo, Feng; Luo, Yu-Chun; Zhu, Jian-Ping; Wang, Jian-Liang

    2015-11-01

    Hundreds of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) on tripterygium glycosides tablet (TGT) in the treatment of ankylosing spondylitis (AS) have been published, but the therapeutic effects have never been systematically reviewed yet. The aim of this meta-analysis was to evaluate the efficacy of TGT on AS based on RCTs. PubMed, ScienceDirect, Cochrane Library, China Journals Full-text Database, and Wanfang Data were searched. The RCT quality was evaluated by the Cochrane Collaboration's tool for assessing risk of bias. The RCT characteristics including publication years, sample sizes, and follow-up periods as well as outcome measures including symptoms improvement, morning stiffness (MS), bath ankylosing spondylitis patient global score (BAS-G), pain index (PI), swelling index (SI), finger to floor distance (FFD), pillow wall distance (PWD), Schober test (Schober), erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), and C reactive protein (CRP) were extracted. The odds ratio (OR), mean difference (MD), and its 95 % confidence interval (CI) were selected for overall effect sizes. Subgroup, sensitivity, and meta-regression analyses were conducted to confirm the results. Eleven RCTs with 807 participants were included, the quality of which was moderate. OR of TGT in treating AS was 0.46 (95 % CI 0.24, 0.90]. MD of MS was 11.79 (95 % CI 3.13, 20.45). MD of BAS-G was 0.13 (95 % CI -19.73, 19.99). MD of PI was 0.78 (95 % CI 0.22, 1.34). MD of SI was 0.80 (95 % CI 0.06, 1.53). MD of FFD was 0.80 (95 % CI 0.06, 1.53). MD of PWD was 1.37 (95 % CI -0.64, 3.38). MD of Schober was -0.36 (95 % CI -0.65, -0.07]. MD of ESR was 4.58 (95 % CI 2.10, 7.06). MD of CRP was 1.86 (95 % CI -2.03, 5.76). Subgroup, sensitivity, and meta-regression analyses found the robust results. In conclusion, TGT could not treat AS effectively, as suggested by the moderate RCT quality and meta-analysis evidence. PMID:26255190

  8. MR imaging - guided corticosteroid-infiltration of the sacroiliac joints: pain therapy of sacroiliitis in patients with ankylosing spondylitis

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    Purpose: To evaluate the efficacy and specific properties of MR imaging-guided corticosteroid infiltration of the sacroiliac (SI) joints in the treatment of therapy-refractory sacroiliitis in patients with ankylosing spondylitis. Materials and Methods: In this study, 26 patients were prospectively included. Inclusion criteria were AS with therapy refractory acute sacroiliitis and inflammatory back pain ? 6 months. The intervention was performed using an open low-field MR-scanner. Inflammatory back pain was assessed on a visual analog scale (VAS). Success of the therapy was defined as an absolute reduction of the VAS score ? 5, a relative reduction of the VAS score ? 35% and persisting improvement ? 2 months. The grade of sacroiliitis was documented using high-field MR imaging. Variables were compared using McNemar test and Wilcoxon test. The mean remission time was calculated using a Kaplan-Meier analysis. A p-value < 0.05 was considered statistically significant. Results: The intervention was technically successfully performed in all patients. Following MR imaging-guided corticosteroid infiltration of the SI joints, the VAS score improved from 8 (5-10) points to 4.5 (0-8) points(-44%) in all patients (n=26), which was statistically significant (p<0.001). Of 26 patients, 22 (85%) fulfilled the predefined criteria for successful therapy. This group had a statistically significant (p<0.01) improvement of the VAS score from 8 (6-10) to 3 (0-5) (-63%). Improvement was seen after 7 (1-30) days. There was a marked reduction of the subchondral bone marrow edema (-38%). The mean remission time was 12 (4-18) months. Conclusion: MR imaging-guided corticosteroid infiltration of the SI joints proved to be an effective therapy of inflammatory back pain in patients with therapy refractory AS. With the ability of multiplanar imaging, precise localization of the bone marrow edema and the lack of ionizing radiation, interventional MR imaging currently represents the superior method for the treatment of the predominantly young patient group presenting with ankylosing spondylitis. Owing to short intervention times, open MR-scanners are ideally suited for MR imaging-guided infiltration of the SI joints. (orig.)

  9. Clinical, para-clinical and subjective quality of life modifications after[224Ra] radium-chloride-therapy (224 SpondylAT) in ankylosing spondylitis (Bechterew's disease)

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    Aim: The ankylosing spondylitis is a painful, chronically inflammatory illness which mainly manifests itself at the spine, and in addition at the peripheral joints with a pronounced inclination to reinforcement. Over the last years we again have been having the possibility to help the patients with a [224Ra]radium treatment to reduce the pain and probably stop the progress of the disease. The purpose was to examine the analgetic effect in connection with the para-clinical inflammation parameters and subjective modifications of the quality of life. Material and Methods: In our clinic, 5 patients (1 woman, 4 men) (age median 43,4 years) were treated over a period of 10 weeks with one weekly injection of 1 MBq [224Ra]radium chloride (224 SpondylAT). Before the therapy, at the last day of treatment, and 3 and 6 month after the therapy we documented the pain score (scale 1 to 10) of patients and the laboratory-chemical data (hemoglobin, leukocytes, neutrophile leukocytes, thrombocytes, CRP, blood sedimentation). Physical operability, psychological fortunes and the social role behavior was measured with the clinical test profile of quality of life chronically patients. The patients were asked retrospectively (approx. 5 to 15 months) to estimate their pre- and post-therapeutic situation. Results: Before the therapy, the inflammation parameters CRP (average 24.5) and BSR (average 47) of all patients were clearly increased. After 3 months, the CRP value showed a descending tendency, after 6 months however the starting value was almost reached again. The blood sedimentation rate was lowest 3 months after therapy; at a check after 6 months it was somewhat more higher, however still under the outgoing value. After 3 months, the pain score indicated by the patients was reduced from the first value of 7 significantly to 5,3, and after 6 months to 3,7. A significant modification of the blood cell parameters did not occur during the investigation period. 4 of 5 patients showed an altogether significant improvement of the quality of life, particularly on the scales of performance fortune and affiliation feeling. Conclusion: In the investigation period, a significant lowering of the pain score and a clear improvement within almost all areas of the subjective quality of life could be determined on all patients. This good analgetic and psychological effect was not connected with a significant decrease of the para-clinical inflammation parameters

  10. A Case of Juvenile Ankylosing Spondylitis associated with Familial Mediterranean Fever

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    Ayhan Sö?üt

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available An eight year old male who was detected to have homozygous M694V mutation in the examinations for recurrent abdominal pain and familial history of Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF and who was then diagnosed with Juvenile Ankylosing Spondilitis (JAS upon examination for hip joint pain was presented. This case was presented to emphasize the importance of high suspicion for JAS in FMF cases with atypical joint findings.

  11. Trends in long term mortality in ankylosing spondylitis treated with a single course of X-rays

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    Mortality up to 1 January 1983 has been studied in 14,106 patients with ankylosing spondylitis given a single course of x-ray treatment. For leukaemia there was a threefold increase in mortality. The relative risk was at its highest between 2.5 and 4.9 years after the treatment and then declined, but the increase did not disappear completely, and the risk was still nearly twice that of the general population more than 25.0 years after treatment. For neoplasms other than leukaemia or colon cancer, mortality was 28% greater than that of the general population of England and Wales. The proportional increase reached a maximum of 71% between 10.0 and 12.4 years after irradiation and then declined. There was only a 7% increase in mortality from these tumours more than 25.0 years after irradiation and only for cancer of the oesophagus was the relative risk significantly raised in this period. (author)

  12. Effect of infliximab on quality of life in patients with ankylosing spondylitis according to sf-36 questionnaire data

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    Tatyana Alekseevna Raskina

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Objective: to evaluate the effect of infliximab (INF on quality of life (QL in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS, by analyzing the results of a SF-36 questionnaire survey. Subjects and methods. Sixty-six male patients, diagnosed with AS (according to the 1984 modified New-York criteria in its extensive or end stage with a high activity (BASDAI ?4.0, were followed up. All the patients were divided into 2 groups according to the option of disease-modifying antirheumatic drug therapy: 1 16 patients who received combination therapy with INF given as a standard regimen at 0, 2, and 6 weeks followed by a regimen of 5 mg/kg body weight and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs in standard doses every 8 weeks; 2 50 patients who had monotherapy with NSAIDs in the same doses. QL was assessed using the Short-Form 36 (SF-36 questionnaire in patients with AS. Results. The scales evaluating physical health showed the greatest group differences in pain intensity (38.42%; p<0.0001 and the least in the general health status (24.48%; p<0.001. Those assessing mental health displayed statistically significant group differences in vital activity (24.78%; p<0.01.Conclusion. The patients receiving monotherapy with NSAIDs were found to have lower scores in all SF-36 scales than those on combination therapy with INF and NSAIDs.

  13. Long-term investigation of the risk of malignant diseases following intravenous radium-224 treatment for ankylosing spondylitis

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    Background and purpose: in German-speaking countries, the intravenous treatment of ankylosing spondylitis (AS) with radium-224 (224Ra) was common between the late 1940s and 2005. In this long-term investigation, the risk of malignant diseases following intravenous 224Ra treatment for AS was assessed. Patients and methods: in a prospective long-term study, 1,471 patients with AS who were treated with 224Ra between 1948 and 1975 have been followed together with a control group of 1,324 AS patients treated neither with radioactive drugs nor with X-rays. Standardized questionnaires to evaluate the patients' health status were used. Observed numbers of malignant diseases were compared with those of the control group as well as with expected numbers for a normal population. Results: After 26 years of follow-up, causes of death have been certified for 1,006 patients of the exposure group (control group: 1,072 patients). Significantly increased rates of myeloid leukemia (12 cases observed vs. 2.9 expected; p 224Ra led to increased incidences of myeloid leukemia and malignancies of kidneys, thyroid and female genital organs. Although this kind of therapy is now abandoned, there is a need for close follow-up of patients who received it. (orig.)

  14. Novel non-HLA-susceptible regions determined by meta-analysis of four genomewide scans for ankylosing spondylitis

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    Jinxian Huang; Chao Li; Haixia Xu; Jieruo Gu

    2008-04-01

    We identified novel non-HLA-susceptible regions for ankylosing spondylitis (AS) by applying the genome-search-meta-analysis (GSMA) method to combine the previous four AS genomewide scan studies including 479 families with 1175 affected individuals. Three original genomescans were mainly analysed for Caucasian families and one analysed for Han Mongolian families. Ten bins had both Psumrnk and Pord < 0.05, suggesting these bins most likely contain AS-linked loci. The 10 bins are 6.2, 16.3, 6.1, 3.3, 6.3, 16.4, 10.5, 17.1, 2.5 and 2.9. The most significant result of linkage was on chromosome 6p22.3–p21.1 (bin 6.2, Psumrnk < 0.000417), where HLA loci are located. By addition of a genome scan of Chinese origin, our GSMA result further confirmed the HLA loci as the greatest susceptible region to AS and suggested that non-HLA loci chromosome 16q, 3p, 10q, 2p, 2q and 17p, may also contain AS-linked loci. The novel loci identified in our result give hints to further studies.

  15. Effects of home-based exercise intervention on health-related quality of life for patients with ankylosing spondylitis: a meta-analysis.

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    Liang, Hui; Zhang, Hua; Ji, Haiyan; Wang, Chunmei

    2015-10-01

    The objective of this paper was to objectively evaluate the effectiveness of home-based exercise interventions for improving health-related quality of life in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Databases including PubMed, Web of Science, EMBASE, Ovid-Medline, and The Cochrane Library were electronically searched published from inception through October 2014 involving home-based exercise intervention in AS patients. Studies that measured the Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Functional Index (BASFI), the Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index (BASDAI), depression and pain as outcomes were included. Studies involving patients with multiple diseases or received combinations of other interventions were excluded. Two independent investigators screened the identified articles, extracted the data, and assessed the methodological quality of the included studies. Qualitative descriptions were conducted, and quantitative analysis was performed with RevMan software (version 5.2). A total of six studies comprising 1098 participants were included in the study. Meta-analyses showed that home-based exercise interventions significantly reduced the BASFI scores (MD?=?-0.39, 95 % CI -0.57, -0.20, p?=?0.001), BASDAI scores (MD?=?-0.50, 95 % CI -0.99, -0.02, p?=?0.04), depression scores (MD?=?-2.31, 95 % CI -3.33, -1.30, p?=?0.001), and for pain scores because of different evaluation methods among these studies; therefore, a subgroup analysis should be conducted for comparison. The results show that home-based exercise interventions can effectively improve the health-related quality of life in patients with AS. The benefit and clinical performance of home-based exercise care requires further investigation by a series of multicenter, large-sample size randomized controlled trails. PMID:25771852

  16. Testing the effect of different electrotherapeutic procedures in the treatment of canine ankylosing spondylitis

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the results of studies on the effects of suppression of chronic pain by currents with low (TENS, medium (Intf and high (MT frequencies, in dogs with ankylosing spondilytis. Prior to imaging diagnostics the dogs were clinically observed, trias was estimated, as well as habitus, neurological signs and degree of pain. After a 10 day treatment it was clear that all three treatments resulted in a significant decrease of pain at rest, during activity or during palpation. TENS currents have shown the highest degree of effect. All treated animals have shown improved motility after a few months of therapy. Despite the fact that all animals had an improved clinical picture none of the applied currents resulted in a complete loss of limping. Dogs treated with Intf currents displayed a decrease in muscular atrophy. Motility of the coxofemoural joint was most evident in the group treated with microwaves.

  17. Ankylosing spondylitis and central core disease: case report Espondilite anquilosante e doença do core central: relato de caso

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    2003-09-01

    Full Text Available Ankylosing spondylitis (AS is an inflammatory disorder of unknown cause that primarily affects the axial skeleton. Neurological manifestations of AS are usually related to spinal deformities. Previous studies of the paraspinal muscles of AS patients showed muscle fiber atrophy, and core fibers. On the other hand, central core disease (CCD is a genetic condition that primarily involves the skeletal muscles, but can present articular deformities secondary to muscular weakness. We report the case of a 45-year-old man with clinical and radiological diagnosis of AS and proximal muscular weakness in the lower limbs. Needle electromyography showed myopathic features and nerve conduction study was normal. Muscle biopsy disclosed almost complete predominance of type-1 fibers, and fibers with central cores. This is the first report of AS and CCD. Whether central core myopathy is coincidental or a new association with AS is discussed.A espondilite anquilosante (EA é desordem inflamatória de causa desconhecida que afeta primariamente o esqueleto axial. Estudos prévios dos músculos para-espinhais em pacientes acometidos de EA demonstraram atrofia de fibras musculares e fibras com core central. Por outro lado, a doença do core central (DCC é condição genética que envolve primariamente a musculatura esquelética, podendo acarretar deformidades articulares devido a fraqueza muscular. Relatamos o caso de um paciente de 45 anos com diagnóstico clínico e radiológico de espondilite anquilosante e fraqueza muscular proximal nos membros inferiores. A eletromiografia de agulha mostrou padrão miopático e a biópsia muscular evidenciou predominância quase total de fibras tipo 1 e fibras com cores, compatível com DCC. Este é o primeiro relato de EA e DCC. Discutimos se a EA é apenas coincidência ou uma nova associação com a DCC.

  18. Ankylosing spondylitis and central core disease: case report / Espondilite anquilosante e doença do core central: relato de caso

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    Rosana Herminia, Scola; Kátia, Lin; Fábio Massaiti, Iwamoto; Walter Oleschko, Arruda; Lineu Cesar, Werneck.

    2003-09-01

    Full Text Available A espondilite anquilosante (EA) é desordem inflamatória de causa desconhecida que afeta primariamente o esqueleto axial. Estudos prévios dos músculos para-espinhais em pacientes acometidos de EA demonstraram atrofia de fibras musculares e fibras com core central. Por outro lado, a doença do core cen [...] tral (DCC) é condição genética que envolve primariamente a musculatura esquelética, podendo acarretar deformidades articulares devido a fraqueza muscular. Relatamos o caso de um paciente de 45 anos com diagnóstico clínico e radiológico de espondilite anquilosante e fraqueza muscular proximal nos membros inferiores. A eletromiografia de agulha mostrou padrão miopático e a biópsia muscular evidenciou predominância quase total de fibras tipo 1 e fibras com cores, compatível com DCC. Este é o primeiro relato de EA e DCC. Discutimos se a EA é apenas coincidência ou uma nova associação com a DCC. Abstract in english Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is an inflammatory disorder of unknown cause that primarily affects the axial skeleton. Neurological manifestations of AS are usually related to spinal deformities. Previous studies of the paraspinal muscles of AS patients showed muscle fiber atrophy, and core fibers. On [...] the other hand, central core disease (CCD) is a genetic condition that primarily involves the skeletal muscles, but can present articular deformities secondary to muscular weakness. We report the case of a 45-year-old man with clinical and radiological diagnosis of AS and proximal muscular weakness in the lower limbs. Needle electromyography showed myopathic features and nerve conduction study was normal. Muscle biopsy disclosed almost complete predominance of type-1 fibers, and fibers with central cores. This is the first report of AS and CCD. Whether central core myopathy is coincidental or a new association with AS is discussed.

  19. Leishmaniose tegumentar em paciente com espondilite anquilosante utilizando adalimumabe / Cutaneous leishmaniasis in a patient with ankylosing spondylitis using adalimumab

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    Kirla Wagner Poti, Gomes; André Nunes, Benevides; Francisco José Fernandes, Vieira; Maggy Poti de Morais, Burlamaqui; Marcos de Almeida e Pontes, Vieira; Lysiane Maria Adeodato Ramos, Fontenelle.

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    Full Text Available A leishmaniose é uma antropozoonose causada por espécies de Leishmania e pode apresentar-se de diversas formas clínicas, dependendo da interação parasita-hospedeiro. O fator de necrose tumoral-α (TNF-α) é uma citocina essencial para o controle de infecções, especialmente contra parasitas intracelu [...] lares como a Leishmania. A terapia anti-TNF-α tem importante papel no tratamento de doenças reumáticas, mas o uso desses antagonistas está relacionado ao aumento de infecções. Relatamos o primeiro caso de leishmaniose cutânea no Brasil em uma paciente portadora de espondilite anquilosante em uso de adalimumabe e metotrexato. Acreditamos que neste caso não houve relação entre o uso de anti-TNF-α e a leishmaniose cutânea, pois a doença estava limitada a apenas uma úlcera, que cicatrizou completamente após o tratamento. Mais estudos, entretanto, são necessários para entender melhor a possível associação entre agentes anti-TNF-α e leishmaniose. Abstract in english Leishmaniasis is an anthropozoonosis caused by species of Leishmania and can have different clinical presentations, depending on the parasite-host relationship. Tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) is a cytokine essential to infection control, especially against intracellular parasites such as Leishman [...] ia. Anti-TNF-α strategies have had a marked impact on the treatment of rheumatic diseases, but the clinical use of those antagonists has been accompanied by an increased report of infections. We report the first case of cutaneous leishmaniasis in a patient with ankylosing spondylitis treated with adalimumab and methotrexate in Brazil. We believe that, in this case, there was no association between the anti-TNF-α treatment and cutaneous leishmaniasis, because the disease was limited to only one ulcer that healed completely after treatment. More studies, however, are necessary to better understand the possible relationship between anti-TNF-α agents and leishmaniasis.

  20. Fat metaplasia and backfill are key intermediaries in the development of sacroiliac joint ankylosis in patients with ankylosing spondylitis

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    Maksymowych, Walter P; Wichuk, Stephanie

    2014-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: Fat metaplasia in bone marrow on T1-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans may develop after resolution of inflammation in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and may predict new bone formation in the spine. Similar tissue, termed backfill, may also fill areas of excavated bone in the sacroiliac (SI) joints and may reflect resolution of inflammation and tissue repair at sites of erosions. The purpose of this study was to test our hypothesis that SI joint ankylosis develops following repair of erosions and that tissue characterized by fat metaplasia is a key intermediary step in this pathway. METHODS: We used the Spondyloarthritis Research Consortium of Canada (SPARCC) SI structural lesion score (SSS) method to assess fat metaplasia, erosions, backfill, and ankylosis on MRIs of the SI joints in 147 patients with AS monitored for 2 years. Univariate and multivariate regression analyses focused first on identifying significant MRI predictors of new backfill and fat metaplasia. We then assessed the role of backfill and fat metaplasia in the development of new ankylosis. All analyses were adjusted for demographic features, treatment, and baseline and 2-year change in SSS values for parameters of inflammation and MRI structural lesions. RESULTS: Resolution of inflammation and reduction of erosions were each independently associated with the development of new backfill and fat metaplasia at 2 years on multivariate analyses. Multivariate regression analysis that included demographic features, baseline and 2-year change in parameters of inflammation and MRI structural lesion showed that reduction in erosions (P = 0.0005) and increase in fat metaplasia (P = 0.002) at 2 years was each independently associated with the development of new ankylosis. CONCLUSION: Our data support a disease model whereby ankylosis develops following repair of erosions, and fat metaplasia and backfill are key intermediary steps in this pathway.

  1. Prevalence of ankylosing spondylitis in Poland and costs generated by AS patients in the public healthcare system.

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    ?liwczy?ski, A; Raciborski, F; K?ak, A; Brzozowska, M; Czeleko, T; Kwiatkowska, B; J?drzejczyk, T; Marczak, M

    2015-08-01

    The aim of the research was to analyse the prevalence of ankylosing spondylitis (AS) in Poland and to assess the costs generated by AS patients in the system of public health care. The database of national payer-National Health Fund (NHF)-has been analysed. For the analysis, the information has been extracted from IT system about each treated patient with ICD-10 = M45 code as main or coexisting diagnosis included in the mandatory reports from entities of public healthcare service. In the years 2008-2013, from 28,800 to 32,800 persons diagnosed with AS as main or coexisting diagnosis have been registered in NHF database. In 2013, the prevalence amounted to 7.48 for 10,000 persons of general population-the highest in Kujawy-Pomerania province (10.92 per 10,000 inhabitants), Silesia (10.04) and ?wi?tokrzyskie province (9.81). In male patients, this coefficient amounted to 8.91 per 10,000 inhabitants, whereas in female-to 6.15. In 2013, the prevalence for men was the highest in the age group of 60-64 years and for women in the group of 65-69 years. The healthcare expenses related to AS financed by the NHF increased from 13,200 million PLN (6.3 million USD) in 2008 to 72,600 million PLN (21,900 million USD) in 2013. The increase in healthcare expenses related to AS patients in the public healthcare system is significant and noticeable. High regional diversity is also a vital issue. It is necessary to carry out further research on the incidence rate of AS in Polish population. PMID:25773659

  2. Decreased physical activity and cardiorespiratory fitness in adults with ankylosing spondylitis: a cross-sectional controlled study.

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    O'Dwyer, Tom; O'Shea, Finbar; Wilson, Fiona

    2015-11-01

    The health benefits of physical activity (PA) in the general population are numerous; however, few studies have measured PA among adults with ankylosing spondylitis (AS). The aims of this study were to: (1) objectively measure the PA levels and cardiorespiratory fitness of adults with AS and compare these to population controls, and (2) examine the relationships between PA, cardiorespiratory function and condition-specific outcomes. This cross-sectional study included participants (>18 years) meeting the modified New York criteria for AS, and matched population controls. Exclusion criteria were the presence of comorbidities limiting PA, or recent changes in medication usage. Participants completed clinical questionnaires assessing disease activity, physical function and quality of life. Tri-axial accelerometers recorded habitual PA over 1 week. Cardiorespiratory fitness was assessed by submaximal treadmill test with breath-by-breath gas analysis and heart rate monitoring. Thirty-nine adults with AS and 39 controls were recruited. The AS group spent significantly less time performing vigorous-intensity PA than controls [mean difference (95 % CI) 1.8 min/day (1.2-2.7)] and performed significantly fewer bouts of health-enhancing PA [1.7 min/day (1.1-2.5)]. The AS group had significantly lower predicted VO2MAX than controls [6.0 mL kg(-1) min(-1) (1.8-10.1)]. PA was associated with aerobic capacity. Sedentary time was associated with disease activity and physical function. Adults with AS participate in less health-enhancing PA than population controls. Fewer than half meet PA recommendations, despite exercise being a key component of AS management. Explorations of PA behaviour and strategies to increase PA participation are needed. PMID:26254884

  3. Disease-associated polymorphisms in ERAP1 do not alter endoplasmic reticulum stress in patients with ankylosing spondylitis.

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    Kenna, T J; Lau, M C; Keith, P; Ciccia, F; Costello, M-E; Bradbury, L; Low, P-L; Agrawal, N; Triolo, G; Alessandro, R; Robinson, P C; Thomas, G P; Brown, M A

    2015-01-01

    The mechanism by which human leukocyte antigen B27 (HLA-B27) contributes to ankylosing spondylitis (AS) remains unclear. Genetic studies demonstrate that association with and interaction between polymorphisms of endoplasmic reticulum aminopeptidase 1 (ERAP1) and HLA-B27 influence the risk of AS. It has been hypothesised that ERAP1-mediated HLA-B27 misfolding increases endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress, driving an interleukin (IL) 23-dependent, pro-inflammatory immune response. We tested the hypothesis that AS-risk ERAP1 variants increase ER-stress and concomitant pro-inflammatory cytokine production in HLA-B27(+) but not HLA-B27(-) AS patients or controls. Forty-nine AS cases and 22 healthy controls were grouped according to HLA-B27 status and AS-associated ERAP1 rs30187 genotypes: HLA-B27(+)ERAP1(risk), HLA-B27(+)ERAP1(protective), HLA-B27(-)ERAP1(risk) and HLA-B27(-)ERAP1(protective). Expression levels of ER-stress markers GRP78 (8?kDa glucose-regulated protein), CHOP (C/EBP-homologous protein) and inflammatory cytokines were determined in peripheral blood mononuclear cell and ileal biopsies. We found no differences in ER-stress gene expression between HLA-B27(+) and HLA-B27(-) cases or healthy controls, or between cases or controls stratified by carriage of ERAP1 risk or protective alleles in the presence or absence of HLA-B27. No differences were observed between expression of IL17A or TNF (tumour necrosis factor) in HLA-B27(+)ERAP1(risk), HLA-B27(+)ERAP1(protective) and HLA-B27(-)ERAP1(protective) cases. These data demonstrate that aberrant ERAP1 activity and HLA-B27 carriage does not alter ER-stress levels in AS, suggesting that ERAP1 and HLA-B27 may influence disease susceptibility through other mechanisms. PMID:25354578

  4. Baseline new bone formation does not predict bone loss in ankylosing spondylitis as assessed by quantitative computed tomography (QCT - 10-year follow-up

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    Jeka S?awomir

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background To evaluate the relationship between bone loss and new bone formation in ankylosing spondylitis (AS using 10-year X-ray, dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA and quantitative computed tomography (QCT follow-up. Methods Fifteen AS patients free from medical conditions and drugs affecting bone metabolism underwent X-ray, DXA and QCT in 1999 and 2009. Results In spine QCT a statistically significant (p = 0,001 decrease of trabecular bone mineral content (BMC was observed (change ± SD: 18.0 ± 7.3 mg/cm3. In contrast, spine DXA revealed a significant increase of bone mineral density (change ± SD: -0.15 ± 0.14 g/cm2. The mean BMC, both at baseline and follow-up was significantly lower (p = 0.02 and p = 0.005, respectively in advanced radiological group as compared to early radiological group. However, in multiple regression model after adjustment for baseline BMC, the baseline radiological scoring did not influence the progression of bone loss as assessed with QCT (p = 0.22, p for BMC*X-ray syndesmophyte scoring interaction = 0.65, p for ANOVA-based X-ray syndesmophyte scoring*time interaction = 0.39. Baseline BMC was the only significant determinant of 10-year BMC change, to date the longest QCT follow-up data in AS. Conclusions In AS patients who were not using antiosteoporotic therapy spine trabecular bone density evaluated by QCT decreased over 10-year follow-up and was not related to baseline radiological severity of spine involvement.

  5. Grupos educacionais para pacientes com espondilite anquilosante: revisão sistemática / Educational groups for ankylosing spondylitis patients: systematic review

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    Marcelo Cardoso de, Souza; Aline, Orlandi; Anamaria, Jones; Fábio, Jennings; Elisabeth, Biruel.

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: A espondilite anquilosante (EA) é uma doença inflamatória, crônica, que acomete as articulações sacroilíacas, em graus variáveis a coluna vertebral e, em menor extensão as articulações periféricas. Dentre as formas de tratamento não medicamentoso, os grupos educacionais tê [...] m sido recomendados como importante coadjuvante no tratamento da doença. O objetivo deste estudo foi rever na literatura as evidências científicas sobre grupos educacionais para pacientes com EA. MÉTODO: A revisão foi realizada nas Bases de dados LILACS, Medline, Web of Science e PEDro. Os termos para busca sistemática foram extraídos dos Descritores em Ciências da Saúde (DeCS). RESULTADOS: Foram localizados nove artigos científicos no período de 1990 a 2012. Na seleção e análise dos estudos foram utilizados critérios de inclusão e exclusão, incluído artigos científicos que abordassem principalmente os grupos educacionais como forma de tratamento para os pacientes com EA. CONCLUSÃO: A literatura a respeito dos grupos educacionais como coadjuvante no tratamento desses pacientes é escassa. Futuros estudos mostrando os formatos dos grupos, duração, quantidade e conteúdos das aulas devem ser realizados, bem como a avaliação de sua efetividade. Abstract in english BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a chronic inflammatory disease affecting sacroiliac joints, the spine in different degrees and in lesser extension peripheral joints. Among non-pharmacological treatments, educational groups have been recommended as major coadjuvants to treat [...] this disease. This study aimed at reviewing the literature on scientific evidences of educational groups for AS patients. METHOD: The following databases were reviewed: LILACS, Medline, Web of Science and PEDro. Words for systematic search were extracted from Health Sciences Keywords (HSC). RESULTS: Nine scientific articles were found between 1990 and 2012. Inclusion and exclusion criteria were used to select and analyze studies, including scientific articles especially addressing educational groups as treatment approaches for AS patients. CONCLUSION: Literature on educational groups as coadjuvant to treat such patients is scarce. Further studies are needed to show group formats, number and content of classes, in addition to evaluating their effectiveness.

  6. Níveis de vitamina D na espondilite anquilosante: a deficiência corresponde à atividade da doença? / Vitamin D levels in ankylosing spondylitis: Does deficiency correspond to disease activity?

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    Gabriel G., Pokhai; Sabiha, Bandagi; Adriana, Abrudescu.

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available A espondilite anquilosante (EA) é um transtorno inflamatório que se apresenta com artrite da coluna vertebral, inclusive das articulações sacroilíacas. A vitamina D é um hormônio secosteroide com papel consagrado na homeostase do cálcio e do fosfato e na regulação da formação e reabsorção óssea. Atu [...] almente, sabe-se que a vitamina D desempenha um papel imunossupressivo no organismo, e ultimamente tem havido interesse no papel dessa vitamina em doenças autoimunes. A inflamação pode ser responsável por parte da perda da densidade mineral óssea observada em pacientes com EA. Revisamos a literatura em busca de estudos que avaliassem os níveis de vitamina D em pacientes com EA, em comparação com controles saudáveis. Quatro dos sete estudos chegaram a uma significativa correlação negativa entre os níveis de vitamina D e o instrumento Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Index (BASDAI), velocidade de hemossedimentação (VHS) e proteína C reativa (PCR). Em uma revisão de oito estudos de caso-controle, o nível médio de 25-hidroxivitamina D3 foi 22,8 ± 14,1 ng/mL em 555 pacientes com EA versus 26,6 ± 12,5 ng/mL em 557 controles saudáveis. Quando comparados com um teste t para duas amostras, os níveis de vitamina D estavam significativamente mais altos em controles saudáveis (p Abstract in english Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is an inflammatory disorder that presents with arthritis of the axial skeleton, including sacroiliac joints. Vitamin D is a secosteroid hormone with a long-established role in calcium and phosphate homeostasis, and in the regulation of bone formation and resorption. It is [...] now known that vitamin D plays an immunosuppressive role in the body, and there is interest of late in the role of vitamin D in autoimmune diseases. Inflammation may be responsible for some of the loss of bone mineral density seen in AS. We reviewed the literature for studies assessing vitamin D level as a marker of AS disease activity and those examining vitamin D levels in AS in comparison to healthy controls. Four of 7 studies found a significant negative correlation between vitamin D levels and Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Index (BASDAI), erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) and C-reactive protein (CRP). In a review of 8 case-control studies, the mean level of 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 was 22.8 ± 14.1 ng/mL in 555 AS patients versus 26.6 ± 12.5 ng/mL in 557 healthy controls. When compared with a 2-sample t test, vitamin D levels were significantly higher in healthy controls (p

  7. Equilíbrio estático e dinâmico no indivíduo com espondilite anquilosante: revisão da literatura Static and dynamic balance in subjects with ankylosing spondylitis: literature review

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    José Eduardo Pompeu

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Com o objetivo de analisar as alterações musculoesqueléticas dos indivíduos com espondilite anquilosante (EA e suas repercussões sobre o controle postural, realizou-se uma revisão bibliográfica nas bases de dados da BIREME e EBSCO HOTS e no site Pubmed com as palavras-chave: "ankylosing spondylitis", "postural balance" e "posture". Foram selecionados artigos envolvendo seres humanos e que analisavam o controle postural e a biomecânica dos indivíduos com EA, nos idiomas inglês e português, publicados no período entre 1999 e 2010. Do total de artigos encontrados, apenas quatro preencheram os requisitos. Desses, três compararam os resultados de pacientes com EA com os dados obtidos de indivíduos saudáveis, e um analisou apenas indivíduos com EA. Nenhum artigo continha o mesmo método de análise postural. Para avaliação do equilíbrio foram utilizadas a Escala de Equilíbrio de Berg, a Plataforma de Força e a Magnometria. Os principais desvios posturais encontrados foram aumento da cifose torácica e flexão do quadril, que levam a uma anteriorização do centro de gravidade corporal, apresentando flexão do joelho e plantiflexão do tornozelo como compensação para manter o equilíbrio. Apenas um autor encontrou piora do equilíbrio funcional nos sujeitos com EA. Todos os métodos de avaliação utilizados foram considerados capazes de mensurar o equilíbrio, não havendo uma escala específica para pacientes com EA.To analyze the musculoskeletal changes of individuals with ankylosing spondylitis (AS and their repercussions on postural control, a literature review was carried out in the BIREME and EBSCO HOTS databases and Pubmed site with the following keywords: "ankylosing spondylitis", "postural balance", and "posture". Articles involving human beings, assessing the postural control and balance of individuals with AS, written in English or Portuguese and published between 1999 and 2010, were selected. Of the total number of articles found, only four met the requirements. Of those, three compared the outcomes of patients with AS with data obtained from healthy individuals, and one article assessed individuals with AS. No article used the same method of postural analysis. To assess balance, Berg Balance Scale, Force Plate, and Magnometry were used. The major postural deviations found were increased thoracic kyphosis and hip flexion, which lead to a forward displacement of the body's center of gravity, with knee flexion and ankle plantar flexion as compensation to control balance. Only one author reported worsening of functional balance in subjects with AS. All assessment methods used were considered capable of measuring balance, and no specific scale for patients with AS exists.

  8. Equilíbrio estático e dinâmico no indivíduo com espondilite anquilosante: revisão da literatura / Static and dynamic balance in subjects with ankylosing spondylitis: literature review

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    José Eduardo, Pompeu; Renata Sorroche Lourenço, Romano; Sandra Maria Alvarenga Anti, Pompeu; Sônia Maria Anti Loduca, Lima.

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Com o objetivo de analisar as alterações musculoesqueléticas dos indivíduos com espondilite anquilosante (EA) e suas repercussões sobre o controle postural, realizou-se uma revisão bibliográfica nas bases de dados da BIREME e EBSCO HOTS e no site Pubmed com as palavras-chave: "ankylosing spondylitis [...] ", "postural balance" e "posture". Foram selecionados artigos envolvendo seres humanos e que analisavam o controle postural e a biomecânica dos indivíduos com EA, nos idiomas inglês e português, publicados no período entre 1999 e 2010. Do total de artigos encontrados, apenas quatro preencheram os requisitos. Desses, três compararam os resultados de pacientes com EA com os dados obtidos de indivíduos saudáveis, e um analisou apenas indivíduos com EA. Nenhum artigo continha o mesmo método de análise postural. Para avaliação do equilíbrio foram utilizadas a Escala de Equilíbrio de Berg, a Plataforma de Força e a Magnometria. Os principais desvios posturais encontrados foram aumento da cifose torácica e flexão do quadril, que levam a uma anteriorização do centro de gravidade corporal, apresentando flexão do joelho e plantiflexão do tornozelo como compensação para manter o equilíbrio. Apenas um autor encontrou piora do equilíbrio funcional nos sujeitos com EA. Todos os métodos de avaliação utilizados foram considerados capazes de mensurar o equilíbrio, não havendo uma escala específica para pacientes com EA. Abstract in english To analyze the musculoskeletal changes of individuals with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and their repercussions on postural control, a literature review was carried out in the BIREME and EBSCO HOTS databases and Pubmed site with the following keywords: "ankylosing spondylitis", "postural balance", an [...] d "posture". Articles involving human beings, assessing the postural control and balance of individuals with AS, written in English or Portuguese and published between 1999 and 2010, were selected. Of the total number of articles found, only four met the requirements. Of those, three compared the outcomes of patients with AS with data obtained from healthy individuals, and one article assessed individuals with AS. No article used the same method of postural analysis. To assess balance, Berg Balance Scale, Force Plate, and Magnometry were used. The major postural deviations found were increased thoracic kyphosis and hip flexion, which lead to a forward displacement of the body's center of gravity, with knee flexion and ankle plantar flexion as compensation to control balance. Only one author reported worsening of functional balance in subjects with AS. All assessment methods used were considered capable of measuring balance, and no specific scale for patients with AS exists.

  9. Adhesive arachnoiditis causing cauda equina syndrome in ankylosing spondylitis: CT and MRI demonstration of dural calcification and a dorsal dural diverticulum.

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    Bilgen, I G; Yunten, N; Ustun, E E; Oksel, F; Gumusdis, G

    1999-07-01

    We present the radiological features of a 42-year-old man with long-standing inactive ankylosing spondylitis (AS), demonstrating that arachnoiditis is a cause of a cauda equina syndrome (CES) in this disease. CT showed a dorsal arachnoid diverticulum causing scalloped erosion of the laminae, and punctate and curvilinear dural calcification. MRI revealed adhesion and convergence of the cauda equina dorsally into the arachnoid pouch, causing the dural sac to appear empty canal. To the best of our knowledge, dural calcification on CT is a new finding in AS, which may be related to the CES. Our findings support the hypothesis that chronic adhesive arachnoiditis with subsequent loss of meningeal elasticity may be the main cause of CES in AS. PMID:10450845

  10. Adhesive arachnoiditis causing cauda equina syndrome in ankylosing spondylitis: CT and MRI demonstration of dural calcification and a dorsal dural diverticulum

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    Bilgen, I.G.; Yunten, N.; Ustun, E.E. [Ege Univ., Dept. of Radiology, Izmir (Turkey); Oksel, F.; Gumusdis, G. [Ege Univ., Dept. of Rheumatology, Izmir (Turkey)

    1999-07-01

    We present the radiological features of a 42-years-old man with long-standing inactive ankylosing spondylitis (AS), demonstrating that arachnoiditis is a cause of a cauda equina syndrome (CES) in this disease. CT showed a dorsal arachnoid diverticulum causing scalloped erosion of the laminae, and punctate and curvilinear dural calcification. MRI revealed adhesion and convergence of the cauda equina dorsally into the arachnoid pouch, causing the dural sca to appear empty canal. To the best of our knowledge, dural calcification on CT is a new finding in AS, which may be related to the CES. Our findings support the hyopthesis that chronic adhesive arachnoiditis with subsequent loss of meningeal elasticity may be the main cause of CES in AS. (orig.)

  11. Adhesive arachnoiditis causing cauda equina syndrome in ankylosing spondylitis: CT and MRI demonstration of dural calcification and a dorsal dural diverticulum

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    We present the radiological features of a 42-years-old man with long-standing inactive ankylosing spondylitis (AS), demonstrating that arachnoiditis is a cause of a cauda equina syndrome (CES) in this disease. CT showed a dorsal arachnoid diverticulum causing scalloped erosion of the laminae, and punctate and curvilinear dural calcification. MRI revealed adhesion and convergence of the cauda equina dorsally into the arachnoid pouch, causing the dural sca to appear empty canal. To the best of our knowledge, dural calcification on CT is a new finding in AS, which may be related to the CES. Our findings support the hyopthesis that chronic adhesive arachnoiditis with subsequent loss of meningeal elasticity may be the main cause of CES in AS. (orig.)

  12. Investigation of two novel biochemical markers of inflammation, matrix metalloproteinase and cathepsin generated fragments of C-reactive protein, in patients with ankylosing spondylitis

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    SkjØt-Arkil, Helene; Schett, Georg

    2012-01-01

    Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a chronic inflammation of the spine and the sacroiliac joints. Current markers of inflammation, such as C-reactive protein (CRP), are reflecting the production of an acute phase reactant rather than tissue specific inflammation, but the use of CRP as a diagnostic and prognostic marker for AS has not provided the sought accuracy and specificity. We hypothesized that local enzymatic activity in the disease-affected tissue, which is associated with extensive tissue turnover may, by cleavage, modify the CRP produced in the liver. These cleavage products may provide additional information on systemic inflammation as compared to that of full-length CRP. We investigated whether these CRP degradation products would provide additional diagnostic value in AS patients compared to full-length CRP.

  13. Estimates of radiation doses in tissue and organs and risk of excess cancer in the single-course radiotherapy patients treated for ankylosing spondylitis in England and Wales

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    Available data on patients with ankylosing spondylitis who received a single treatment course with X-rays were reviewed in a previous study to estimate radiation doses in tissues and organs giving rise to excess leukemias and cancers of heavily irradiated sites. These estimates are discussed and it is concluded that they are extremely crude being based on very limited data and on a number of assumptions. It is probable that they are accurate to within a factor of 2. The accuracy of these estimates is severely limited by the inadequacy of information on doses absorbed by the tissues at risk in the irradiated patients. Thus work to obtain these data is under way; only when they are available can more precise estimates of risk of cancer induction by radiation in man be obtained. (U.K.)

  14. Tracheal compression by the gastric tube in esophageal cancer with ankylosing spondylitis and an analysis of the mediastinal condition in 84 cases of esophagectomy: report a case.

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    Ikeda, Norimasa; Akutsu, Yasunori; Shuto, Kiyohiko; Tohma, Takayuki; Matsubara, Hisahiro

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    Pneumonia, recurrent nerve injury and anastomotic leakage are common complications occurring after esophagectomy. However, there have so far been few reports on tracheal compression by the gastric tube. The patient was a 66-year-old female with a history of ankylosing spondylitis and esophageal superficial squamous carcinoma treated with endoscopic mucosal resection. The new lesion was located just next to the last treated lesion. Therefore, it was difficult to treat this lesion endoscopically because of severe stenosis and scarring due to the previous treatment. Transhiatal esophagectomy was therefore performed. However, severe tracheal obstruction occurred following extubation after the surgery due to compression caused by the gastric tube. This case was successfully treated with a mediastinal pleural incision through a right thoracotomy. The distance between the sternum and the vertebra in this case was narrower than normal, thereby inducing this rare condition. PMID:22864974

  15. A patient-reported outcome measures-based composite index (RAPID3) for the assessment of disease activity in ankylosing spondylitis.

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    Cinar, Muhammet; Yilmaz, Sedat; Cinar, Fatma Ilknur; Koca, Suleyman Serdar; Erdem, Hakan; Pay, Salih; Dinc, Ayhan; Yazici, Yusuf; Simsek, Ismail

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    A single questionnaire regarding to disease activity for all rheumatic diseases may present advantages to introduce quantitative measurement into routine care. The aim of this study was to evaluate the correlation of routine assessment of patient index data 3 (RAPID3) with Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index (BASDAI) and Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Score (ASDAS). A total of 341 consecutive AS patients who met the modified New York classification criteria were included. All patients completed BASDAI and RAPID3 at each visit, and their physicians completed physician global assessment. ASDASs were calculated using defined formulas. Proposed RAPID3 severity categories were compared to BASDAI and ASDAS categories. Spearman's rho correlation test and kappa statistics were used to analyze statistical significance. The median age of AS patients was 34.0 (21.0-69.0) years and the median disease duration 10.0 (2.0-35.0) years. Median scores for RAPID3, BASDAI, ASDAS-CRP, and ASDAS-ESR were 13.0 (0.0-27.3), 4.7 (0.0-9.7), 3.0 (0.4-5.8), and 2.5 (0.5-6.3), respectively. RAPID3 was strongly correlated with BASDAI and ASDAS-ESR (r = 0.842, r = 0.815; p CRP, 91.7 % had high or moderate severity according to RAPID3 (kappa 0.548; p < 0.001). RAPID3 is as informative as BASDAI and ASDAS in our cohort of AS patients. We therefore suggest that RAPID3 may be used to assess the patient status quantitatively in AS patients, as part of routine care. PMID:25794571

  16. Bioboosters in the treatment of rheumatic diseases: a comprehensive review of currently available biologics in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic arthritis

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    Full Text Available Fabrizio Cantini, Carlotta Nannini, Laura NiccoliSecond Division of Medicine, Rheumatology Unit, Hospital of Prato, ItalyAbstract: Immunologic research has clarified many aspects of the pathogenesis of inflammatory rheumatic disorders. Biologic drugs acting on different steps of the immune response, including cytokines, B- and T-cell lymphocytes, have been marketed over the past 10 years for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA, ankylosing spondylitis (AS, and psoriatic arthritis (PsA. Randomized controlled trials (RCTs of anti-cytokine agents in RA (including the anti-tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF? drugs infliximab, etanercept, adalimumab, golimumab, certolizumab, anti-interleukin (IL-1 anakinra, and anti-IL-6 tocilizumab demonstrated a significant efficacy compared to traditional therapies, if combined with methotrexate (MTX, as measured by ACR 20, 50 and 70 response criteria. The new therapies have also been demonstrated to be superior to MTX in slowing or halting articular damage. RCTs have shown the efficacy of anti-TNF? in AS patients through significant improvement of symptoms and function. Trials of anti-TNF? in PsA patients showed marked improvement of articular symptoms for psoriasis and radiological disease progression. More recent studies have demonstrated the efficacy of B-cell depletion with rituximab, and T-cell inactivation with abatacept. All these drugs have a satisfactory safety profile. This paper reviews the different aspects of efficacy and tolerability of biologics in the therapy of RA, AS, and PsA.Keywords: anti-TNF, anti-cytokine agents, rituximab, abatacept, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis

  17. Effects of Tripterygium glycosides on interleukin-17 and CD4+CD25+CD127low regulatory T-cell expression in the peripheral blood of patients with ankylosing spondylitis

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    2014-01-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the possible mechanisms of action of Tripterygium glycosides (TG) in the treatment of ankylosing spondylitis (AS). In total, 20 patients with active AS received treatment with 20 mg TG tablet (TGT) 3 times per day for 6 weeks. In addition, 20 healthy age- and gender-matched individuals were recruited as the control group. The efficacy measures included the Bath AS disease activity index (BASDAI), erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) and C-reactive prot...

  18. Golimumab therapy-induced indicators of X-ray inflammation progression and magnitude according to magnetic resonance imaging evidence in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, or psoriatic arthritis

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    Full Text Available The paper gives data on the progression of X-ray and magnetic resonance imaging changes in the hand and foot joints of patients with rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthropathy and in the axial skeleton of those with ankylosing spondylitis when golimumab is used. Golimumab therapy is shown to retard the progression of structural changes in the peripheral joints and vertebral column. There is a significant correlation between magnetic resonance imaging evidence and blood C-reactive protein concentrations.

  19. MR imaging - guided corticosteroid-infiltration of the sacroiliac joints: pain therapy of sacroiliitis in patients with ankylosing spondylitis; Magnetresonanzgesteuerte Kortikosteroid-Infiltration der Sakroiliakalgelenke: Schmerztherapie der Sakroiliitis bei Patienten mit Spondylitis ankylosans

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    Fritz, J.; Koenig, C.W.; Clasen, S.; Claussen, C.D.; Pereira, P.L. [Radiologische Klinik, Abt. fuer Radiologische Diagnostik, Eberhard-Karls-Univ. Tuebingen (Germany); Guenaydin, I.; Koetter, I. [Medizinische Klinik und Poliklinik II, Rheumaambulanz, Eberhard-Karls-Univ. Tuebingen (Germany); Kastler, B. [Univ. de Franche Comte, CHU Minjoz, Besancon (France)

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    Purpose: To evaluate the efficacy and specific properties of MR imaging-guided corticosteroid infiltration of the sacroiliac (SI) joints in the treatment of therapy-refractory sacroiliitis in patients with ankylosing spondylitis. Materials and Methods: In this study, 26 patients were prospectively included. Inclusion criteria were AS with therapy refractory acute sacroiliitis and inflammatory back pain {>=} 6 months. The intervention was performed using an open low-field MR-scanner. Inflammatory back pain was assessed on a visual analog scale (VAS). Success of the therapy was defined as an absolute reduction of the VAS score {<=} 5, a relative reduction of the VAS score {>=} 35% and persisting improvement {>=} 2 months. The grade of sacroiliitis was documented using high-field MR imaging. Variables were compared using McNemar test and Wilcoxon test. The mean remission time was calculated using a Kaplan-Meier analysis. A p-value < 0.05 was considered statistically significant. Results: The intervention was technically successfully performed in all patients. Following MR imaging-guided corticosteroid infiltration of the SI joints, the VAS score improved from 8 (5-10) points to 4.5 (0-8) points(-44%) in all patients (n=26), which was statistically significant (p<0.001). Of 26 patients, 22 (85%) fulfilled the predefined criteria for successful therapy. This group had a statistically significant (p<0.01) improvement of the VAS score from 8 (6-10) to 3 (0-5) (-63%). Improvement was seen after 7 (1-30) days. There was a marked reduction of the subchondral bone marrow edema (-38%). The mean remission time was 12 (4-18) months. Conclusion: MR imaging-guided corticosteroid infiltration of the SI joints proved to be an effective therapy of inflammatory back pain in patients with therapy refractory AS. With the ability of multiplanar imaging, precise localization of the bone marrow edema and the lack of ionizing radiation, interventional MR imaging currently represents the superior method for the treatment of the predominantly young patient group presenting with ankylosing spondylitis. Owing to short intervention times, open MR-scanners are ideally suited for MR imaging-guided infiltration of the SI joints. (orig.)

  20. Clinical response, drug survival and predictors thereof in 432 ankylosing spondylitis patients after switching tumour necrosis factor ? inhibitor therapy : Results from the Danish nationwide DANBIO registry

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    Glintborg, Bente; Ostergaard, Mikkel

    2013-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To investigate frequencies and reasons for switching, treatment responses and drug survival in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) switching tumour-necrosis-factor-? inhibitor (TNFi) treatment in routine clinical care. METHODS: AS patients were identified in the Danish nationwide DANBIO registry. Disease activity, treatment responses (50% or 20 mm reduction in Bath AS Disease Activity Index (BASDAI)), duration and rates of drug survival and predictors thereof were studied in patients receiving ?2 different biological drugs. RESULTS: Of 1436 AS patients starting TNFi treatment, 432 patients (30%) switched to a second and 137 (10%) to a third biological drug. Compared with non-switchers, switchers were more frequently women (33%/22%), had shorter disease duration (3 years/5 years) and higher BASDAI (62(52-76) mm/56(43-69) mm (median(interquartile-range))), Bath AS Functional Index (BASFI) (54(39-71) mm/47(31-65) mm) and visual-analogue-scale (VAS) global, pain and fatigue scores when they started the first TNFi (all p

  1. Clinical response, drug survival and predictors thereof in 432 ankylosing spondylitis patients after switching tumour necrosis factor ? inhibitor therapy : results from the Danish nationwide DANBIO registry

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    Glintborg, Bente; Østergaard, Mikkel

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    OBJECTIVE: To investigate frequencies and reasons for switching, treatment responses and drug survival in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) switching tumour-necrosis-factor-? inhibitor (TNFi) treatment in routine clinical care. METHODS: AS patients were identified in the Danish nationwide DANBIO registry. Disease activity, treatment responses (50% or 20 mm reduction in Bath AS Disease Activity Index (BASDAI)), duration and rates of drug survival and predictors thereof were studied in patients receiving ?2 different biological drugs. RESULTS: Of 1436 AS patients starting TNFi treatment, 432 patients (30%) switched to a second and 137 (10%) to a third biological drug. Compared with non-switchers, switchers were more frequently women (33%/22%), had shorter disease duration (3 years/5 years) and higher BASDAI (62(52-76) mm/56(43-69) mm (median(interquartile-range))), Bath AS Functional Index (BASFI) (54(39-71) mm/47(31-65) mm) and visual-analogue-scale (VAS) global, pain and fatigue scores when they started the first TNFi (all p

  2. Association of single nucleotide polymorphism at position ?308 of the tumor necrosis factor-alpha gene with ankylosing spondylitis and rheumatoid arthritis

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    Manolova, Irena; Ivanova, Mariana; Stoilov, Rumen; Rashkov, Rasho; Stanilova, Spaska

    2014-01-01

    In this study, we analyzed the putative association between the ?308 G/A polymorphism in the promoter region of the tumor necrosis factor (TNF) ? gene (rs1800629) and chronic inflammatory arthritis in the Bulgarian population. A case-control study was carried out on 58 patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS), 108 rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients and 177 healthy subjects. ?308 G/A TNF-? genotypes of patients and controls were determined by restriction fragment length polymorphism polymerase chain reaction (RFLP-PCR). No significant association between the rs1800629 polymorphism and RA risk in the study cohort was observed. However, there were significant differences in the genotype and allele frequencies of the ?308 G/A TNF-? polymorphism between AS patients and the healthy subjects. In logistic regression analysis, the presence of the TNF-? ?308A allele in the genotype (AA + AG vs. GG) was associated with a 3.298 times lower risk of developing AS. In addition, in AS, there were associations for age at disease onset ( 4; OR = 0.152) and response to anti-TNF treatment (OR = 2.25) under a dominant model (AA + AG vs. GG). In conclusion, our results suggested that the promoter polymorphism ?308 G/A in the TNF-? gene had no significant effect on RA development, but could play a role in AS development and in determining the age of disease onset, disease severity and therapeutic outcome of AS in the Bulgarian patients who participated in our study. PMID:26019597

  3. Persistent clinical efficacy and safety of anti-tumour necrosis factor \\textgreeka therapy with infliximab in patients with ankylosing spondylitis over 5 years: evidence for different types of response

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    Braun, J.; Baraliakos, X; Listing, J.; Fritz, C; Alten, R.; Burmester, G; Krause, A.; Schewe, Stefan; Schneider, M.; Sörensen, H; Zeidler, H.; Sieper, J.

    2008-01-01

    Background: There is insufficient evidence for the long-term efficacy and safety of anti-tumour necrosis factor therapy in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS). This is the first report on the treatment with infliximab over 5 years.Methods: As part of a multicentre randomised trial, 69 patients with active AS at baseline (BL) have been continuously treated with infliximab (5 mg/kg i.v. every 6 weeks)---except for a short discontinuation after 3 years (FU1). The primary outcome of this ex...

  4. Avaliação do ombro em pacientes portadores de espondilite anquilosante por meio de ultra-som Evaluation of the shoulder in patients with ankylosing spondylitis with ultrasound

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    Ciro Yoshida Junior

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Descrever as principais alterações nos ombros de pacientes portadores de espondilite anquilosante (EA por meio de ultra-som (US e correlacionar os achados de imagem com a idade e o tempo de doença. MÉTODOS: Foram selecionados 35 pacientes com diagnóstico clínico de EA. Os pacientes foram submetidos a exame de ultra-sonografia dos ombros, sendo avaliados os tendões do manguito rotador quanto à sua ecotextura e espessura, o tendão do bíceps, a articulação acromioclavicular, os tubérculos umerais, a bursa subacromial-subdeltóidea, e a face posterior da articulação glenoumeral. Foram colhidos dados de tempo de doença, presença de dor nos ombros e freqüência das alterações das estruturas avaliadas. Os dados foram comparados com a idade e o tempo de doença, utilizando-se teste qui-quadrado e teste t de Student. RESULTADOS: Foi observada prevalência de 20% de alterações no manguito rotador, sendo 10% de tendinose/calcificação tendínea e 10% de rupturas tendíneas. A espessura média dos tendões do manguito rotador foi de 5,8 mm. As alterações ósseas nos tubérculos do úmero ocorreram em 84,3% dos ombros e as alterações acromioclaviculares em 54,3% dos ombros. CONCLUSÃO: Não há modificação da espessura dos tendões do manguito rotador relacionadas com o tempo de doença. Os principais achados de US, que se correlacionam com o tempo de doença na EA, são alterações ósseas nos tubérculos umerais e na articulação acromioclavicular. Não houve relação entre tempo de doença e presença de lesão tendínea.PURPOSE: To describe shoulder involvement and its prevalence with ultrasound in patients with ankylosing spondylitis and correlate the findings with age and duration of disease. METHODS: Ultrasound scans of both shoulders were performed in thirty five selected patients with clinical diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis. Rotator cuff texture and thickness were evaluated as well as the biceps tendon, acromioclavicular joint, humeral head tuberosities, subacromial-subdeltoid bursa, and posterior glenohumeral joint. Besides the prevalence of shoulder involvement, information about presence of pain and duration of disease were registered. The data were compared with age and duration of disease using chi-square and Student's t tests. RESULTS: The prevalence of rotator cuff disease was 20%; with 10% of tendinosis/tendon calcification and 10% of partial/full thickness tears. The mean rotator cuff thickness was 5.8 mm. Irregularities of the humeral head tuberosities were present in 84.3% of shoulders and acromioclavicular irregularities were present in 54.3% of shoulders. CONCLUSION: There was no change in rotator cuff thickness related with duration of disease. Bony irregularities in humeral head tuberosities and acromioclavicular joint were the main finding associated with duration of disease. There was no relation between duration of disease and presence of tendinous disease.

  5. Translation into Brazilian Portuguese, cross-cultural adaptation and validation of the Stanford presenteeism scale-6 and work instability scale for ankylosing spondylitis.

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    Frauendorf, Renata; de Medeiros Pinheiro, Marcelo; Ciconelli, Rozana Mesquita

    2014-12-01

    Loss of productivity at work, as a result of health problems, is becoming an issue of interest due to the high burden it represents in society. The measurement of such phenomenon can be made using generic and specific scales for certain diseases such as the Stanford Presenteeism Scale (SPS-6) and the Work Instability Scale for Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS-WIS), specific for patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS). The aim of this study was to translate and perform a cross-cultural adaptation of SPS-6 and AS-WIS into Portuguese and check their psychometric properties. The study also aimed to evaluate the relationship between the general scores of the scales and the main sociodemographic and clinical data, lifestyles, and absenteeism in patients with AS and correlate these variables with SPS-6 and AS-WIS scales. A sample of 120 patients with AS and 80 workers at a university hospital was evaluated. The processes for the translation and cross-cultural adaptation of the instruments followed preestablished steps and rules presented in the literature. For the evaluation of measurement properties and correlations between scales, intra-class correlation coefficient (reproducibility analysis), Cronbach alpha (internal consistency), and Pearson correlation coefficient (validity) were employed. The inter-observer (0.986) and intra-observer (0.992) reproducibilities of the AS-WIS were shown to be high as well as the internal consistency (0.995). Similarly, the inter-observer reliability of SPS-6 was considered good (0.890), although it showed a poorer performance when considering the same observer (Pearson correlation coefficient?=?0.675 and intra-class correlation?=?0.656). Internal consistency, for the total number of items, as measured by Cronbach alpha, was 0.889. The validity of the scales was evaluated thru the comparison of the achieved scores with the results of the WLQ, SF-36, ASQoL, BASFI, BASDAI, HAQ-S, and SRQ-20 instruments. Correlations between loss of productivity at work, worse quality of life, presence of emotional disturbances, and worse health conditions were positive. The process of translation, cross-cultural adaptation, and validation of the SPS-6 as a generic measurement for the loss of productivity at work and of the AS-WIS as a specific measurement for patients with AS are valid, reproducible, and specific instruments to be used in Brazil. In both scales, productivity at work was associated to advanced age, higher rate of absenteeism in the last month and year, presence of peripheral arthritis, and a larger number of comorbidities in patients with AS. The AS-WIS and SPS-6 showed a good correlation among them although they are not mutually exclusive but supplementary. PMID:24221505

  6. Agreement of Turkish Physiatrists with the Assessment in Spondyloarthritis International Society and the European League Against Rheumatism Recommendations for the Management of Ankylosing Spondylitis and Rheumatoid Arthritis

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    Ozgocmen, Salih; Akgul, Ozgur; Ak?nc?, Aysen; Ataman, Sebnem; Birtane, Murat; Bodur, Hatice; Günayd?n, Rezan; Kuru, Ömer; Rezvani, Aylin; ?endur, Omer Faruk; ?enel, Kaz?m; Tuncer, Tiraje

    2012-01-01

    Background: New developments in the field of targeted therapies or biologic agents led more effective management of ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Recommendations for the management of rheumatic diseases propose to reduce inappropriate use of medications, minimize variations among countries, and enable cost-effective use of health care resources. Objective: The aim this study was to evaluate conceptual agreement of ASsessment in SpondyloArthritis International Society (ASAS) and the EUropean League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) recommendations for the management of AS and EULAR recommendations for RA and to assess the rate of application among Turkish physiatrists in daily clinical practice. Methods: An online survey link has been sent to 1756 Turkish physiatrists with e-mails asking to rate agreement on 11-item ASAS/EULAR AS recommendations and 15-item EULAR RA recommendations with synthetic and biological disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs. Also barriers and difficulties for using biologic agents were assessed. Results: Three hundred nine physiatrists (17.5%) completed the survey. The conceptual agreement with both recommendations was very high (Level of agreement; mean 8.35±0.82 and 8.90± 0.67 for RA and AS recommendations, respectively), and the self-declared application of overall recommendations in the clinical practice was also high for both RA and AS (72.42% and 75.71%, respectively). Conclusion: Turkish physiatrists are in good conceptual agreement with the evidence-based recommendations for the management of AS and RA. These efforts may serve to disseminate the knowledge and increase the current awareness among physicians who serve to these patients and also implementation of these recommendations is expected to increase as well. PMID:22481985

  7. A cautionary note on the impact of protocol changes for genome-wide association SNP × SNP interaction studies: an example on ankylosing spondylitis.

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    Bessonov, Kyrylo; Gusareva, Elena S; Van Steen, Kristel

    2015-07-01

    Genome-wide association interaction (GWAI) studies have increased in popularity. Yet to date, no standard protocol exists. In practice, any GWAI workflow involves making choices about quality control strategy, SNP filtering, linkage disequilibrium (LD) pruning, analytic tool to model or to test for genetic interactions. Each of these can have an impact on the final epistasis findings and may affect their reproducibility in follow-up analyses. Choosing an analytic tool is not straightforward, as different tools exist and current understanding about their performance is based on often very particular simulation settings. In the present study, we wish to create awareness for the impact of (minor) changes in a GWAI analysis protocol can have on final epistasis findings. In particular, we investigate the influence of marker selection and marker prioritization strategies, LD pruning and the choice of epistasis detection analytics on study results, giving rise to 8 GWAI protocols. Discussions are made in the context of the ankylosing spondylitis (AS) data obtained via the Wellcome Trust Case Control Consortium (WTCCC2). As expected, the largest impact on AS epistasis findings is caused by the choice of marker selection criterion, followed by marker coding and LD pruning. In MB-MDR, co-dominant coding of main effects is more robust to the effects of LD pruning than additive coding. We were able to reproduce previously reported epistasis involvement of HLA-B and ERAP1 in AS pathology. In addition, our results suggest involvement of MAGI3 and PARK2, responsible for cell adhesion and cellular trafficking. Gene ontology biological function enrichment analysis across the 8 considered GWAI protocols also suggested that AS could be associated to the central nervous system malfunctions, specifically, in nerve impulse propagation and in neurotransmitters metabolic processes. PMID:25939665

  8. Increased occurrence of spinal fractures related to ankylosing spondylitis: a prospective 22-year cohort study in 17,764 patients from a national registry in Sweden

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    Robinson Yohan

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Ankylosing spondylitis (AS is a rheumatoid disease leading to progressive ossification of the spinal column. Patients suffering from AS are highly susceptible to unstable vertebral fractures and often require surgical stabilisation due to long lever arms. Medical treatment of these patients improved during the last decades, but until now it is unknown whether the annual number of spinal fractures changed during the last years. Since the annual count of fracture is an effective measure for efficacy of injury prevention and patient safety in AS patients, the current recommendations of activity have to be revised accordingly. Methods Data for all patients with AS treated as inpatients between 01/01/1987 and 31/12/2008 were extracted from the Swedish National Hospital Discharge Registry (SNHDR. The data in the registry are collected prospectively, recording all inpatient admissions throughout Sweden. The SNHDR uses the codes for diagnoses at discharge according to the Swedish versions of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-9 and ICD-10. Results During the years from 1987 to 2008 17,764 patients with AS were treated as inpatients; of these 724 patients were treated due to spinal fractures. The annual number of cervical, thoracic and lumbar fractures in the registry increased until 2008 (r?=?0.94. Conclusions Despite the improved treatment of AS the annual number of vertebral fractures requiring inpatient care increased during the last two decades. Possible explanations are population growth, greater awareness of fractures, improved diagnostics, improved emergency care reducing fatalities, and a higher activity level of patients receiving modern medical therapy. Obviously the improvement of medical treatment did not reduce the susceptibility of these patients to unstable fractures. Thus the restrictive injury prevention recommendations for patients with AS cannot be defused, but must be critically revised to improve patient safety.

  9. Adalimumab and infliximab of use inflammatory markers, cytokines and matrix metalloproteinase-3 levels effect in patient with rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis

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    Sibel Serin

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: We aimed to assess adalimumab(ADA and infliximab(IFX efficacy on the patients of rheumatoid arthritis (RA and ankylosing spondylitis (AS by using erithrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR, C-reactive protein (CRP, interferon gamma (IF-?, interleukin-1 beta (IL-1ß, interleukin 6 (IL- 6, matrix metalloproteinase 3 (MMP-3. Material and Method: Sixteen RA, 15 AS patients were enrolled to this study. ADA was used on the half of RA patients , IFX was used on the other half randomly. ADA was used on 7 AS patients and IFX was used on 8 AS patients randomly too. Blood samples were taken at the weeks of 0, 1, 4 and 12. ESR and CRP were calculated at the same time with controls. Blood samples were hidden at the -20°C to evaluate after. Results: There wasn't any significant difference between the groups of RA and AS patients in terms of ESH and CRP levels (p>0.05. IF-? was found lower on both patient groups and IL-6 and IL-1ß were not included statistical analysis due to the wide range of values. MMP-3 levels was found correlated with ESR and CRP levels in both treatment and patient groups. MMP -3 was more supressed at ADA treated group on AS patients according to the IFX group on AS patients significantly (p0.05. Conclusion: MMP-3 was significantly more depressed on ADA treated group of the AS patients according to IFX treated group. We think many similar studies that include more patients needs to be done to say ADA's better efficacy than in AS patients. It can be said that MMP-3 is a stable marker to determine the activity of chronic inflammatory diseases and monitoring response to therapy according to the cytokines.

  10. Los anti-TNF y la progresión radiográfica en espondilitis anquilosante / The anti-TNF and the radiological progression in ankylosing spondylitis

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    Mauricio, Restrepo Escobar; Carolina, Muñoz Grajales; Adriana Lucía, Vanegas García; Gloria María, Vásquez Duque; Luis Alonso, González Naranjo.

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    Full Text Available Los agentes biológicos inhibidores del factor de necrosis tumoral alfa (anti-TNF) se constituyen en un avance muy significativo en el tratamiento de los pacientes con espondilitis anquilosante (EA), demostrando una notable mejoría de sus síntomas, de su función y de su calidad de vida. Sumado a esta [...] excelente respuesta clínica, se ha demostrado igualmente mejoría de la inflamación, demostrada mediante pruebas de laboratorio y estudios de resonancia nuclear magnética. A pesar de esta clara evidencia, la conexión entre actividad inflamatoria y progresión estructural no está tan claramente establecida como en artritis reumatoide (AR), y la evidencia de la eficacia de los anti-TNF en la prevención de la progresión del daño radiológico crónico en EA es deficiente. Se revisan las evidencias y las teorías actuales respecto a este crucial tema y se hace mención del importante papel de la proteína DKK-1, inhibidora de la vía Wnt. Esta proteína ha emergido recientemente como un regulador fundamental en la biología ósea y se constituye en una conexión clave entre inflamación, osteoporosis y remodelación articular. Abstract in english The anti-TNF biological agents constitute a major advance in the treatment of patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) showing a remarkable improvement in symptoms of patients, their function and quality of life. In addition to this excellent clinical response, it has also been clearly demonstrated [...] improvement of inflammation as evidenced by laboratory tests and MRI studies. Despite this clear evidence, the connection between inflammatory activity and structural progression is not as clearly established as in rheumatoid arthritis, and the evidence of anti-TNF therapy to prevent chronic EA radiological damage is poor. We review the evidence and current theories about this crucial issue and mention the important role of DKK-1 protein, an inhibitor of the Wnt pathway. This protein has recently emerged as a key regulator in bone biology and constitutes a key link between inflammation, osteoporosis and joint remodeling.

  11. Inflammatory lesions of the spine on magnetic resonance imaging predict the development of new syndesmophytes in ankylosing spondylitis : evidence of a relationship between inflammation and new bone formation

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    Maksymowych, Walter P; Chiowchanwisawakit, Praveena

    2009-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To determine whether a vertebral corner that demonstrates an active corner inflammatory lesion (CIL) on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is more likely to evolve into a de novo syndesmophyte visible on plain radiography than is a vertebral corner that demonstrates no active inflammation on MRI. METHODS: MRI scans and plain radiographs were obtained for 29 patients recruited into randomized placebo-controlled trials of anti-tumor necrosis factor alpha (anti-TNFalpha) therapy. MRI was conducted at baseline, 12 or 24 weeks (n=29), and 2 years (n=22), while radiography was conducted at baseline and 2 years. A persistent CIL was defined as a CIL that was found on all available scans. A resolved CIL was defined as having completely disappeared on either the second or third scan. A validation cohort consisted of 41 AS patients followed up prospectively. Anonymized MRIs were assessed independently by 3 readers who were blinded with regard to radiographic findings. RESULTS: New syndesmophytes developed significantly more frequently in vertebral corners with inflammation (20%) than in those without inflammation (5.1%) seen on baseline MRI (P

  12. Coping strategies for health and daily-life stressors in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and gout: STROBE-compliant article.

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    Peláez-Ballestas, Ingris; Boonen, Annelis; Vázquez-Mellado, Janitzia; Reyes-Lagunes, Isabel; Hernández-Garduño, Adolfo; Goycochea, Maria Victoria; Bernard-Medina, Ana G; Rodríguez-Amado, Jacqueline; Casasola-Vargas, Julio; Garza-Elizondo, Mario A; Aceves, Francisco J; Shumski, Clara; Burgos-Vargas, Ruben

    2015-03-01

    This article aims to identify the strategies for coping with health and daily-life stressors of Mexican patients with chronic rheumatic disease. We analyzed the baseline data of a cohort of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), ankylosing spondylitis (AS), and gout. Their strategies for coping were identified with a validated questionnaire. Comparisons between health and daily-life stressors and between the 3 clinical conditions were made. With regression analyses, we determined the contribution of individual, socioeconomic, educational, and health-related quality-of-life variables to health status and coping strategy. We identified several predominant coping strategies in response to daily-life and health stressors in 261 patients with RA, 226 with AS, and 206 with gout. Evasive and reappraisal strategies were predominant when patients cope with health stressors; emotional/negative and evasive strategies predominated when coping with daily-life stressors. There was a significant association between the evasive pattern and the low short-form health survey (SF-36) scores and health stressors across the 3 diseases. Besides some differences between diagnoses, the most important finding was the predominance of the evasive strategy and its association with low SF-36 score and high level of pain in patients with gout. Patients with rheumatic diseases cope in different ways when confronted with health and daily-life stressors. The strategy of coping differs across diagnoses; emotional/negative and evasive strategies are associated with poor health-related quality of life. The identification of the coping strategies could result in the design of psychosocial interventions to improve self-management. PMID:25761177

  13. Divergent perceptions in health-related quality of life between family members and patients with rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, and ankylosing spondylitis.

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    Ramos-Remus, Cesar; Castillo-Ortiz, José Dionisio; Sandoval-Castro, Carlos; Paez-Agraz, Francisco; Sanchez-Ortiz, Adriana; Aceves-Avila, Francisco Javier

    2014-12-01

    The aim of this study was to assess whether family members perceive health-related quality of life (HRQoL) of family members with rheumatic illnesses differently from the perceptions of these patients themselves. Cross-sectional study of consecutive patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and ankylosing spondylitis (AS) attending two outpatient rheumatic clinics. HRQoL was assessed using the Spanish version of the World Health Organization Disability Assessment Scale (WHODAS-II) questionnaire; the "proxy" version is available for relatives. All patients and one proxy per patient separately answered the questionnaire at the clinic. Differences were determined by coefficients of determination (r (2)), Z scores, and meaningful differences of 30 %. Two hundred and ninety-one patients (111 SLE, 100 RA, and 80 AS) and their respective proxies were included. The mean age was 35 ± 13 years in SLE, 49.5 ± 14 years in RA, and 40 ± 14 years in AS patients. Divergent perceptions between patients and their proxies were found in 57 % of the SLE group, in 69 % of the RA group, and in 47 % of the AS group as per WHODAS-II global score. Stronger disagreement occurred for all the three groups in domains representing cognition and interaction with other people: around 60 % in the SLE group, 80 % in the RA group, and 40 % in the AS group. A substantial proportion of family members perceived the HRQoL of rheumatic family members differently from the perception of the patients themselves, most of the time biased toward underestimation, suggesting problems in the dynamics of efficient communication and social support. PMID:24859395

  14. Los anti-TNF y la progresión radiográfica en espondilitis anquilosante The anti-TNF and the radiological progression in ankylosing spondylitis

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    Mauricio Restrepo Escobar

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Los agentes biológicos inhibidores del factor de necrosis tumoral alfa (anti-TNF se constituyen en un avance muy significativo en el tratamiento de los pacientes con espondilitis anquilosante (EA, demostrando una notable mejoría de sus síntomas, de su función y de su calidad de vida. Sumado a esta excelente respuesta clínica, se ha demostrado igualmente mejoría de la inflamación, demostrada mediante pruebas de laboratorio y estudios de resonancia nuclear magnética. A pesar de esta clara evidencia, la conexión entre actividad inflamatoria y progresión estructural no está tan claramente establecida como en artritis reumatoide (AR, y la evidencia de la eficacia de los anti-TNF en la prevención de la progresión del daño radiológico crónico en EA es deficiente. Se revisan las evidencias y las teorías actuales respecto a este crucial tema y se hace mención del importante papel de la proteína DKK-1, inhibidora de la vía Wnt. Esta proteína ha emergido recientemente como un regulador fundamental en la biología ósea y se constituye en una conexión clave entre inflamación, osteoporosis y remodelación articular.The anti-TNF biological agents constitute a major advance in the treatment of patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS showing a remarkable improvement in symptoms of patients, their function and quality of life. In addition to this excellent clinical response, it has also been clearly demonstrated improvement of inflammation as evidenced by laboratory tests and MRI studies. Despite this clear evidence, the connection between inflammatory activity and structural progression is not as clearly established as in rheumatoid arthritis, and the evidence of anti-TNF therapy to prevent chronic EA radiological damage is poor. We review the evidence and current theories about this crucial issue and mention the important role of DKK-1 protein, an inhibitor of the Wnt pathway. This protein has recently emerged as a key regulator in bone biology and constitutes a key link between inflammation, osteoporosis and joint remodeling.

  15. Avaliação do ombro em pacientes portadores de espondilite anquilosante por meio de ultra-som / Evaluation of the shoulder in patients with ankylosing spondylitis with ultrasound

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    Ciro, Yoshida Junior; Edson Shinji, Kubota; Themis Mizerkowski, Torres; Rozana Mesquita, Ciconelli; Artur da Rocha Corrêa, Fernandes.

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Descrever as principais alterações nos ombros de pacientes portadores de espondilite anquilosante (EA) por meio de ultra-som (US) e correlacionar os achados de imagem com a idade e o tempo de doença. MÉTODOS: Foram selecionados 35 pacientes com diagnóstico clínico de EA. Os pacientes foram [...] submetidos a exame de ultra-sonografia dos ombros, sendo avaliados os tendões do manguito rotador quanto à sua ecotextura e espessura, o tendão do bíceps, a articulação acromioclavicular, os tubérculos umerais, a bursa subacromial-subdeltóidea, e a face posterior da articulação glenoumeral. Foram colhidos dados de tempo de doença, presença de dor nos ombros e freqüência das alterações das estruturas avaliadas. Os dados foram comparados com a idade e o tempo de doença, utilizando-se teste qui-quadrado e teste t de Student. RESULTADOS: Foi observada prevalência de 20% de alterações no manguito rotador, sendo 10% de tendinose/calcificação tendínea e 10% de rupturas tendíneas. A espessura média dos tendões do manguito rotador foi de 5,8 mm. As alterações ósseas nos tubérculos do úmero ocorreram em 84,3% dos ombros e as alterações acromioclaviculares em 54,3% dos ombros. CONCLUSÃO: Não há modificação da espessura dos tendões do manguito rotador relacionadas com o tempo de doença. Os principais achados de US, que se correlacionam com o tempo de doença na EA, são alterações ósseas nos tubérculos umerais e na articulação acromioclavicular. Não houve relação entre tempo de doença e presença de lesão tendínea. Abstract in english PURPOSE: To describe shoulder involvement and its prevalence with ultrasound in patients with ankylosing spondylitis and correlate the findings with age and duration of disease. METHODS: Ultrasound scans of both shoulders were performed in thirty five selected patients with clinical diagnosis of ank [...] ylosing spondylitis. Rotator cuff texture and thickness were evaluated as well as the biceps tendon, acromioclavicular joint, humeral head tuberosities, subacromial-subdeltoid bursa, and posterior glenohumeral joint. Besides the prevalence of shoulder involvement, information about presence of pain and duration of disease were registered. The data were compared with age and duration of disease using chi-square and Student's t tests. RESULTS: The prevalence of rotator cuff disease was 20%; with 10% of tendinosis/tendon calcification and 10% of partial/full thickness tears. The mean rotator cuff thickness was 5.8 mm. Irregularities of the humeral head tuberosities were present in 84.3% of shoulders and acromioclavicular irregularities were present in 54.3% of shoulders. CONCLUSION: There was no change in rotator cuff thickness related with duration of disease. Bony irregularities in humeral head tuberosities and acromioclavicular joint were the main finding associated with duration of disease. There was no relation between duration of disease and presence of tendinous disease.

  16. Age- and time-dependent changes in the rates of radiation-induced cancers in patients with ankylosing spondylitis following a single course of X-ray treatment

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    The causes of death have been analysed in 14111 patients with ankylosing spondylitis following a single course of X-ray treatment. Patients who were re-treated with X-rays were followed until the end of the year following their second course of treatment and deaths subsequent to this time were ignored. An attempt was made to follow the remaining patients to 1 January 1970, or their date of death or emigration, whichever was the earlier. A total of 7455 (52.8%) patients were re-treated before 1 January 1970, 1759 (12.5%) patients had died and 269 (1.9%) had emigrated. A total of 208 (1.5%) patients were lost to follow-up and the remaining 4420 (31.3%), who had all received one course of treatment, were alive. The number of deaths from all causes was 66% greater than the expected number computed from national age and sex specific mortality rates. There were 31 deaths from leukaemia (6.5 expected), 259 from cancers of ''heavily irradiated'' sites (167.5 expected) and 79 from cancers of ''lightly irradiated'' sites, which was not significantly higher than the 65.6 expected. The ratio of observed to expected deaths and the excess death rate from leukaemia was greatest in the period three to five years after first treatment and subsequently declined. The ratio of observed to expected deaths from cancers of heavily irradiated sites was high in the two years following treatment, fell to a minimum six to eight years after treatment and then rose. Data for individual heavily irradiated sites showed little variation in the ratio of observed to expected numbers of deaths, apart from those due to tumours of the spinal cord. The ratio of observed to expected deaths for both leukaemia and cancers of the heavily irradiated sites showed no apparent change according to the age of the patients at their first treatment but the excess death rate showed a highly significant increase with increasing age at first treatment

  17. Infliximab en pacientes con espondilitis anquilosante activa: experiencia en el Hospital Nacional Edgardo Rebagliati Martins / Infliximab in patients with active ankylosing spondylitis: experience at Hospital Nacional Edgardo Rebagliati Martins

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    Manuel, Montero; Augusto, García-Poma; Cecilia, Chung; José, Chávez; María I., Segami.

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available Infliximab es un medicamento efectivo en el tratamiento de pacientes con espondilitis anquilosante (EA) activa. Sin embargo, debido a su alto costo, su uso indiscriminado es prohibitivo. Objetivo: Evaluar si un régimen de inducción con infliximab es efectivo en pacientes con EA activa. Diseño: Sólo [...] expuestos. Lugar: Servicio de Reumatología del Hospital Nacional Edgardo Rebagliati. Participantes: Pacientes con espondilitis anquilosante activa refractaria. Intervenciones: infliximab a las 0, 2 y 6 semanas. Un paciente recibió dosis de 3 mg/kg y los restantes 5 mg/kg de infliximab. Todos los pacientes continuaron recibiendo sulfasalazina. Principales medidas de resultados: Se determinó la proporción de pacientes que alcanzaron mejoría de acuerdo a los criterios ASAS 20, ASAS 40 y BASDAI 50, en la última evaluación (mediana de 55 semanas). Resultados: En la última evaluación, cinco pacientes (71,4%) presentaban respuesta ASAS 20 sostenida. Cuatro (57%) y tres (43%) de los pacientes alcanzaron BASDAI 50 y ASAS 40, respectivamente. Tres pacientes (43%) recayeron en un tiempo promedio de 26,6 semanas. No se observó efectos adversos serios. Conclusiones: La infusión de tres dosis de infliximab es efectiva para controlar la actividad de la enfermedad de los pacientes con EA refractaria a AINEs y en algunos pacientes controla la enfermedad por periodos prolongados de tiempo. Abstract in english Infliximab is effective in treating patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS). However, its cost makes its indiscrimate use prohibitive. Objective: To determine whether an induction regimen with infliximab remained effective over time in a group of patients with active AS. Design: Exposed only. Sett [...] ing: Rheumatology Service, Hospital Nacional Edgardo Rebagliati. Participants: Patients with active and refractory ankylosing spondylitis. Interventions: Infliximab, administered at weeks 0, 2 and 6. One patient received doses of 3 mg/kg and the remaining patients received 5 mg/kg of infliximab. All patients continued their treatment with sulfasalazine. Main outcome measures: We determined the proportion of patients achieving ASAS 20, ASAS 40 and Bath ankylosing spondylitis disease activity index - BASDAI 50 at last assessment (median of 55 weeks). Results: At last observation, five patients (71,4%) had a sustained ASAS 20 response. Four (57%) and three (43%) patients remained responders according to the BASDAI 50 and ASAS 40 respectively.Three patients (43%) relapsed, with mean time of 26,6 weeks. No serious adverse events were observed. Conclusions: The infusion of three doses of infliximab is effective to control disease activity in patients with refractory AS. In some patients, effectiveness remained for a prolonged period of time.

  18. Concomitância de artrite reumatoide e espondilite anquilosante em um único paciente: importância dos novos critérios de classificação / Concurrent rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis in one patient: the importance of new classification criteria

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    Valderilio Feijó, Azevedo; Pedro Grachinski, Buiar.

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    Full Text Available Relatamos um caso de concomitância de espondilite anquilosante e artrite reumatoide em um paciente caucasiano de 65 anos, com achados clínicos de poliartrite simétrica com erosão de metacarpofalangeana ao raio X convencional e dor lombar infl amatória, HLA-B27+, associada à sacroiliíte. O paciente a [...] presentou valores elevados de fator reumatoide e antipeptídeo citrulinado cíclico (anti-CCP). Realizamos uma revisão da literatura na qual as principais características de casos previamente reportados foram comparadas às deste caso. Este é o primeiro relato de caso de concomitância das duas doenças em que se utilizou teste laboratorial para dosagem do anti-CCP associado ao preenchimento das últimas versões dos critérios ASAS axial e ACR/EULAR para a classificação de espondilite anquilosante e artrite reumatoide, respectivamente. Abstract in english We report the case of concomitant ankylosing spondylitis and rheumatoid arthritis in a 65-year-old Caucasian male, who had symmetric polyarthritis with erosion of the metacarpophalangeal joint on conventional X-ray, infl ammatory low back pain with HLA-B27 positivity, and sacroiliitis. Laboratory an [...] alysis showed high levels of rheumatoid factor and anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide antibody (anti-CCP). Clinical features of previously reported cases were compared with those of our case. This is the first case report on the coexistence of both diseases in the same patient, for whom anti- CCP testing and the latest versions of axial ASAS criteria and ACR/EULAR criteria for the classification of ankylosing spondylitis and rheumatoid arthritis, respectively, were used.

  19. Aterosclerose subclínica em pacientes com espondilite anquilosante: há um papel para a inflamação? / Subclinical atherosclerosis in ankylosing spondylitis: is there a role for inflammation?

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    Renato Leandro Mattar, Valente; Jamil Mattar, Valente; Gláucio Ricardo Werner de, Castro; Adriana Fontes, Zimmermann; Sonia Cristina de Magalhães Souza, Fialho; Ivânio Alves, Pereira.

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVOS: Avaliar a prevalência de aterosclerose subclínica em pacientes com espondilite anquilosante (EA) em comparação com controles com fatores de risco cardiovasculares similares. MÉTODOS: Foram recrutados 42 pacientes consecutivos com EA e 42 controles equiparados para idade (43,3 ± 11,7 vs. 4 [...] 3,7 ± 11,3, P = 0,89), gênero, tabagismo, diabetes mellitus e hipertensão arterial. Qualquer participante seria excluído se estivesse presente uma história pessoal de doença cardiovascular (CV). Foi preenchido um questionário registrando dados demográficos e histórias médica e de medicação. Foram determinados: pressão arterial, circunferência abdominal, altura e peso. O perfil lipídico foi determinado em uma amostra de sangue com 12 horas em jejum. Foi realizada uma análise ultrassonográfica da artéria carótida comum por um observador desconhecedor da pesquisa. Foi medida a distância entre a interface lúmen-íntima e a borda de ataque da interface média-adventícia (EIM) e os participantes também foram avaliados para presença de placas. RESULTADOS: A análise comparativa dos fatores de risco demográficos e cardiovasculares entre pacientes com EA e controles não revelou diferenças estatisticamente significativas. Também não foram observadas diferenças significativas entre grupos para TC, HDL-C, T-C/ HDL-C, LDL-C, triglicerídeos ou frequência de dislipidemia. As medidas de EIM não foram diferentes em EA e controles (0,62 ± 0,09 vs. 0,61 ± 0,09, P = 0,39) e nem as frequências de placas (19% vs. 17%, P = 0,78). CONCLUSÕES: A aterosclerose subclínica avaliada por meio de imagens ultrassonográficas da carótida não foi mais prevalente no grupo EA, em comparação com os controles com riscos cardiovasculares similares. Nossas observações podem implicar que os fatores de risco CV podem ter mais influência no sistema CV versus a própria EA. Esses achados devem ser confirmados em uma população maior, por meio de um estudo prospectivo. Abstract in english OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the prevalence of subclinical atherosclerosis in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) in comparison to controls with similar cardiovascular risk factors. METHODS: Forty-two consecutive patients with AS and 42 controls matched for age (43.3 ± 11.7 vs. 43.7 ± 11.3, P = 0.8 [...] 9), gender, smoking, diabetes mellitus and arterial hypertension were enrolled. Participants were excluded if a personal cardiovascular disease (CV) history was present. A questionnaire recording demographic data, medical and medication history was fulfilled. Blood pressure, abdominal circumference, height and weight were measured. Lipid profile was determined in a 12-hour fastened blood sample. Ultrasound analysis of the common carotid artery was performed by one blind observer. The distance between the lumen-intima interface and the leading edge of the media-adventitia interface (IMT) was measured and participants were also evaluated for the presence of plaques. RESULTS: The comparative analysis of demographic and cardiovascular risk factors between AS patients and controls did not reveal statistically significant differences. Also, no significant differences between groups were observed for TC, HDL-C, T-C/HDL-C, LDL-C, triglycerides, or dyslipidemia frequency. IMT measures were not different in AS and controls (0.62 ± 0.09 vs. 0.61 ± 0.09, P = 0.39) as well as plaques frequencies (19% vs. 17%, P = 0.78). CONCLUSIONS: Subclinical atherosclerosis assessed through carotid ultrasound imaging was not more prevalent in the AS group when compared to controls with similar cardiovascular risks. Our observations may imply that CV risk factors may have more influence on the CV system than AS itself. These findings should be confirmed in a larger population with a prospective study design.

  20. Alternative Treatments for Ankylosing Spondylitis

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    ... Liao, Li-Rong Chen. (2007) Anterior and Posterior Fixation of a Cervical Fracture Induced by Chiropractic Spinal ... given in combination with passive stretches and ultrasound, heat or ice," says Mary Rosenberg, Physical Therapist, Los ...

  1. Avaliação do desempenho do BASDAI (Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index) numa coorte brasileira de 1.492 pacientes com espondiloartrites: dados do Registro Brasileiro de Espondiloartrites (RBE) / Evaluation of performance of BASDAI (Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index) in a Brazilian cohort of 1492 patients with spondyloarthritis: data from the Brazilian Registry of Spondyloarthritides (RBE)

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    Izaias Pereira da, Costa; Adriana B., Bortoluzzo; Célio R., Gonçalves; José Antonio Braga da, Silva; Antonio Carlos, Ximenes; Manoel B., Bértolo; Sandra L.E., Ribeiro; Mauro, Keiserman; Rita, Menin; Thelma L., Skare; Sueli, Carneiro; Valderílio F., Azevedo; Walber P., Vieira; Elisa N., Albuquerque; Washington A., Bianchi; Rubens, Bonfiglioli; Cristiano, Campanholo; Hellen M.S., Carvalho; Angela L.B. Pinto, Duarte; Charles L., Kohem; Nocy H., Leite; Sonia A.L., Lima; Eduardo S., Meirelles; Ivânio A., Pereira; Marcelo M., Pinheiro; Elizandra, Polito; Gustavo G., Resende; Francisco Airton C., Rocha; Mittermayer B., Santiago; Maria de Fátima L.C., Sauma; Valéria, Valim; Percival D., Sampaio-Barros.

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    Full Text Available Objetivo Avaliar os resultados da aplicação do Índice de Atividade de Doença da Espondilite Anquilosante de Bath (BASDAI) numa série de pacientes brasileiros com EpA e estabelecer suas correlações com as variáveis específicas do grupo. Métodos Um protocolo comum de investigação foi prospectivamente [...] aplicado em 1.492 pacientes brasileiros classificados como EpA pelos critérios do Grupo Europeu de Estudo das Espondiloartropatias (ESSG), acompanhados em 29 centros de referência em reumatologia no Brasil. Variáveis clínicas, demográficas e índices de doença foram colhidos. Os valores totais do BASDAI foram comparados com a presença das diferentes variáveis. Resultados O valor médio do BASDAI foi de 4,20 ± 2,38. Os escores médios do BASDAI foram mais elevados nos pacientes com forma clínica combinada, comparado às formas axiais e periféricas isoladas, nos pacientes do sexo feminino e nos sedentários. Com relação ao componente axial, valores mais altos do BASDAI estiveram significativamente associados à lombalgia inflamatória, à dor alternante em nádegas, à dor cervical e ao acometimento de coxofemorais. Houve associação estatística entre os valores do BASDAI e o comprometimento periférico, relacionado ao número de articulações inflamadas, tanto dos membros inferiores quanto dos membros superiores, e às entesites. A positividade do HLA-B27 e a presença de manifestações extra-articulares não estiveram correlacionadas com os valores médios do BASDAI. Valores mais baixos do BASDAI estiveram associados ao uso de agentes biológicos (p Abstract in english Objective To analyze the results of the application of the Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index (BASDAI) in a large series of Brazilian patients with the diagnosis of SpA and establish its correlations with specific variables into the group. Methods A common protocol of investigation [...] was prospectively applied to 1492 Brazilian patients classified as SpA according to the European Spondyoarthropathies Study Group (ESSG), attended at 29 referral centers of Rheumatology in Brazil. Clinical and demographic variables, and disease indices (BASDAI, Basfi, Basri, Mases, ASQol) were applied. The total values of BASDAI were compared to the presence of the different variables. Results The mean score of BASDAI was 4.20 ± 2.38. The mean scores of BASDAI were higher in patients with the combined (axial + peripheral + entheseal) (4.54 ± 2.38) clinical presentation, compared to the pure axial (3.78 ± 2.27) or pure peripheral (4.00 ± 2.38) clinical presentations (P

  2. Can Whole-Body Cryotherapy with Subsequent Kinesiotherapy Procedures in Closed Type Cryogenic Chamber Improve BASDAI, BASFI, and Some Spine Mobility Parameters and Decrease Pain Intensity in Patients with Ankylosing Spondylitis?

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    Stanek, Agata; Cholewka, Armand; Gadula, Jolanta; Drzazga, Zofia; Sieron, Aleksander; Sieron-Stoltny, Karolina

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    The present study investigated whether whole-body cryotherapy (WBC) procedures could potentially have more beneficial effects on index of BASDAI and BASFI, pain intensity, and spine mobility parameters: Ott test, modified Schober test, chest expansion in ankylosing spondylitis (AS) patients, than kinesiotherapy procedures used separately. AS patients were exposed to a cycle of WBC procedures lasting 3 minutes a day, with a subsequent 60 minutes of kinesiotherapy or 60 minutes of kinesiotherapy only, for 10 consecutive days excluding weekend. After the completion of the cycle of WBC procedures with subsequent kinesiotherapy in the AS patients, BASDAI index decreased about 40% in comparison with the input value, whereas in the group of patients who received only kinesiotherapy it decreased only about 15% in comparison with the input value. After the completion of the treatment in the WBC group, BASFI index decreased about 30% in comparison with the input value, whereas in the kinesiotherapy group it only decreased about 16% in comparison with the input value. The important conclusion was that, in WBC group with subsequent kinesiotherapy, we observed on average about twice better results than in the group treated only by kinesiotherapy. PMID:26273618

  3. Early diagnosis of the Spondyloarthropathies

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    Spondyloarthropathies are a cluster of chronic inflammatory diseases that primarily include ankylosing spondylitis, reactive arthritis, psoriatic arthritis; arthritis associated with inflammatory bowel diseases and undifferentiated spondyloarthropathies. The most common subgroups of spondyloarthropathies are ankylosing spondylitis and undifferentiated spondyloarthropathy. The diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis is mainly based on unequivocal radiographic sacroiliitis of at least grade 2 bilaterally or grade 3 unilaterally. How ever, in the early phase of disease, conventional radiographs are often too insensitive to show sacroiliitis and it usually takes several years for definite radiographic sacroiliitis to evolve. Thus, the diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis is a commonly delayed by 8 to 11 years after the onset of symptoms. As a result, diagnosing axial spondyloarthropathy in the absence of radiographic sacroiliitis is very difficult to rheumatologists. In the early phase of disease, HLA B27 test and magnetic resonance imaging of sacroiliac joints may be helpful to the early diagnosis. In the presence of chronic low back pain the probability of axial spondyloarthropathy is about 5% and is about 14% if the back pain is inflammatory. The presence of = 3 features of spondyloarthropathy (heel pain, uveitis, dactylitis, positive family history, alternating buttock pain, psoriasis, inflammatory bowel disease, asymmetrical arthritis, positive response to anti-inflammatory drugs) increase the probability of axial spondyloarthropathy to 90%. Both, the positive HLA B27 and magnetic resonance imaging with signs of sacroiliitis increase the probability of spondyloarthropathy, particularly in patients without spondyloarthropathies features or with only 1 or 2 features. Since ankylosing spondylitis in association with psoriasis and inflammatory bowel disease is often HLA B27 negative, this test is of limited value under theses circumstances. Is important to consider that usefulness of testing for HLA B27 and its subtypes differs among ethnic groups and its value for diagnosis depends on the individual pre-test probability in each case

  4. The clinical usefulness of ESR, CRP, and disease duration in ankylosing spondylitis: the product of these acute-phase reactants and disease duration is associated with patient's poor physical mobility.

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    Chen, Chun-Hsiung; Chen, Hung-An; Liao, Hsien-Tzung; Liu, Chin-Hsiu; Tsai, Chang-Youh; Chou, Chung-Tei

    2015-07-01

    We evaluated the clinical usefulness of ESR, CRP, and disease duration in ankylosing spondylitis (AS) disease severity. There were 156 Chinese AS patients included in Taiwan. Patients completed the questionnaires, containing demographic data, disease activity (BASDAI), functional status (BASFI), and patient's global assessment (BASG). Meanwhile, patient's physical mobility (BASMI) and acute-phase reactants, including ESR and CRP levels were measured. Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) plot analysis was used to evaluate the performance of ESR, CRP, and disease duration in the AS patients. ESR mildly correlated with BASFI (r = 0.176, p = 0.028) and disease duration (r = 0.214, p = 0.008), and moderately correlated with BASMI (r = 0.427, p < 0.001). CRP moderately correlated with BASMI (r = 0.410, p < 0.001). By using ROC plot analysis, ESR, CRP, and disease duration showed the best and significant "area under the curve (AUC)", in distinguishing the AS patients with poor physical mobility (BASMI ? 3.6, the Median) (AUC = 0.748, 0.751 and 0.738, respectively, all p < 0.001), as compared to BASDAI, BASFI, and BASG. ESR × disease duration (AUC = 0.801, p < 0.001) and CRP × disease duration (AUC = 0.821, p < 0.001) showed higher AUC values than ESR or CRP alone in indicating poor physical mobility. For detecting poor physical mobility (BASMI ? 3.6) in the AS patients: ESR × disease duration (?60.0 mm/h × year): sensitivity = 72.7 % and specificity = 72.8 %; CRP × disease duration (?8.3 mg/dl × year): sensitivity = 72.7 % and specificity = 74.6 %. ESR, CRP, and disease duration are particularly related to AS patient's poor physical mobility. Combining the usefulness of acute-phase reactants and disease duration, the values of ESR × disease duration and CRP × disease duration demonstrate better association with poor physical mobility in AS patients. PMID:25708781

  5. The effect of comedication with conventional synthetic disease modifying antirheumatic drugs on TNF inhibitor drug survival in patients with ankylosing spondylitis and undifferentiated spondyloarthritis : results from a nationwide prospective study

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    Lie, Elisabeth; Kristensen, Lars Erik

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    OBJECTIVE: To assess the effect of comedication with conventional synthetic disease modifying antirheumatic drugs (csDMARDs) on retention to tumour necrosis factor inhibitor (TNFi) therapy in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and undifferentiated spondyloarthritis (uSpA). METHODS: Data on patients with a clinical diagnosis of AS or uSpA starting treatment with adalimumab, etanercept or infliximab as their first TNFi during 2003-2010 were retrieved from the Swedish national biologics register and linked to national population based registers. Five-year drug survival was analysed by Cox regression with age, sex, baseline csDMARD comedication, TNFi type, prescription year and covariates representing frailty and socioeconomic status. AS and uSpA were analysed separately. Sensitivity analyses included models with csDMARD as a time-dependent covariate and adjustments for additional potential confounders. RESULTS: 1365 patients with AS and 1155 patients with uSpA were included, of whom 40.8% versus 50.3% used csDMARD comedication at baseline. In the unadjusted analyses superior drug survival was observed for patients using versus not using csDMARD comedication among patients with AS (p<0.001) but not among patients with uSpA (p=0.175). In the multivariable Cox regression analyses comedication with csDMARD was associated with better retention to TNFi therapy both in AS (HR 0.71, p<0.001) and uSpA (HR 0.82, p=0.020). The results were similar with csDMARD comedication as a time-dependent covariate, and the associations were retained when adjusting for erythrocyte sedimentation rate, C-reactive protein, patient global, swollen joints, uveitis, psoriasis and inflammatory bowel disease. CONCLUSIONS: In this large register study of patients with AS and uSpA, use of csDMARD comedication was associated with better 5-year retention to the first TNFi.

  6. Responsiveness of the Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Score (ASDAS), and clinical and magnetic resonance imaging measures of disease activity in a 1 year follow-up study of patients with axial spondyloarthritis treated with TNF-{alpha} inhibitors

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    Pedersen, Susanne J; SØrensen, Inge J

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    OBJECTIVES: To investigate construct validity and responsiveness of the novel ankylosing spondylitis disease activity score (ASDAS) in patients with spondyloarthritis (SpA). METHODS: In a 46 weeks prospective, longitudinal multi-center study of 60 SpA patients (80% men, median age 40 years (range 21-62)) treated with tumor-necrosis-factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) inhibitors (infliximab (n=41), etanercept (n=13), adalimumab (n=6)) responsiveness of ASDAS, conventional clinical measures of disease activity and treatment response, and the Berlin magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) sacroiliac joint (SIJ) and lumbar spine inflammation scores were compared. RESULTS: After 22 weeks, 58.3% of the patients were clinical responders (50% or 20mm reduction in BASDAI). At baseline, clinical responders had significantly higher ASDAS (median 4.15 (range 1.98-6.04), p=0.008) compared with non-responders (2.99, 2.05-6.19). Changes in ASDAS correlated with changes in clinical measures of disease activity (incl. BASDAI (rho=0.76) and CRP(0.79)), MRI SIJ inflammation (0.46) and MRI total inflammation scores (0.34). Patients with higher BASDAI or ASAS responses obtained more profound reductions in ASDAS. ASDAS demonstrated the highest responsiveness with an effect size of 2.04 and a standardized response mean of 1.45, whereas BASDAI (1.86; 1.36) and CRP (0.63; 0.70) were less responsive. Linear regression demonstrated that a change in BASDAI of 20mm or 50% corresponded to change in ASDAS of 1.38 and 1.95, respectively. CONCLUSION: ASDAS demonstrated construct validity and high responsiveness during treatment with TNF-alpha inhibitors in SpA patients. The proposed thresholds for disease activity and treatment response need further validation.

  7. Effects of natural factors of Niška Banja spa on indexes of mobility of vertebral column in patients with ankylosing spondylitis

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    Full Text Available Introduction. Ankylosing spondilitis (AS is a disease from a group of seronegative spondyloarthropathies with the prevalence of 0.1% affecting mainly young males, which also gives sociomedical significance to the disease. Among all inflammatory arthropathies, AS is the most suitable for balneotherapy. Thermomineral water of the Niška Banja spa is homeothermic, oligomineral, alkaline, low radioactive radon water and also, in conjunction with mineral peloid, is considered to be optimal for this indication. Objective. Our aim was to investigate the effects of natural factors of the Niška Banja spa as a part of complex treatment on the indexes of mobility of the vertebral column in the patients with AS. Methods. The study enrolled 40 patients with the average age of 48.0±14.82 years and the average duration of disease of 16.9±6.42 years. Patients were treated with hydro- and peloid- otherapy during the average of 17.23±2.71 days. At the beginning and at the end of treatment, a number of indexes of spinal mobility were measured. The statistical significance of differences was calculated using the Student's t-test. Results. All of the measured indexes were better after balneotherapy reaching statistically significant differences in regard to the wall-to-occiput distance (p<0.05, the index of sagittal mobility of the cervical (p<0.05 and lumbar (p<0.005 spine. Conclusion. The application of natural factors of the Niška Banja spa during complex treatment of the patients with AS is accompanied with the objective increase of the spine mobility.

  8. Diet and Spondylitis

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    Diet & Spondylitis Learn About Spondyloarthritis / Diet & Spondylitis Overview For The Newly Diagnosed Educational Materials - Books, Brochures & More ... AS / Low Starch Diet Blood Work and Spondylitis Diet & Spondylitis Overview Diet's Effect On Spondylitis Symptoms In ...

  9. Infecção fúngica pulmonar por hialo-hifomicose associada a zigomicose e Actinomyces spp. em paciente com espondilite anquilosante Pulmonary fungal infection with hyalohyphomycosis associated with zygomycosis and Actinomyces spp. in a patient with ankylosing spondylitis

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    Valderílio Feijó Azevedo

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    Full Text Available A espondilite anquilosante (EA pode cursar com manifestações extra-articulares e, dentre elas, as pulmonares. A fibrose nos ápices pulmonares ocorre em até 30% dos casos e as formações císticas são menos frequentes e observadas em casos avançados. A colonização dessas cavidades é uma complicação rara. Um paciente com diagnóstico de EA desde 1998, com comprometimento axial, histórico de tuberculose pulmonar tratada em 2002 e 2007, evoluiu com um quadro de aspergilose bilateral em ápices pulmonares associada à zigomicose e Actinomyces spp. Havia sido internado para investigar queixa de emagrecimento, sudorese noturna, tosse produtiva e lesão nos ápices pulmonares. Foi submetido a tratamento cirúrgico de lobectomia de lobo pulmonar superior direito, após identificação de bola fúngica nos ápices pulmonares nas radiografias e tomografias, comprovados por exames de fibrobroncoscopia e biópsia com exame anatomopatológico. Evoluiu sem expansão pulmonar direita, foi submetido à nova fibrobroncoscopia que sugeriu oclusão do brônquio lobar médio. Uma nova toracotomia não confirmou o achado da fibrobroncoscopia. Permaneceu sem expansão pulmonar direita, evoluiu com choque séptico refratário ao tratamento e ao óbito.Ankylosing spondylitis (AS can be associated with extra-articular manifestations, among which we find pulmonary disorders. Fibrosis of the pulmonary apices is seen in up to 30% of the cases, and cyst formation is less common, being seen in advanced cases. Colonization of those cavities is a rare complication. A patient with a diagnosis of AS since 1998 with axial involvement and history of pulmonary tuberculosis treated in 2002 and 2007, developed bilateral aspergillosis of the pulmonary apices associated with zygomycosis and Actinomyces spp. The patient had been hospitalized to investigate complaints of weight loss, nocturnal diaphoresis, productive cough, and lesion in both lung apices. He was submitted to right upper pulmonary lobectomy after identification of a fungus ball on chest X-ray and CT scan, which was confirmed by a fibrobronchoscopy and biopsy for anatomopathological exam. The patient evolved without expansion of the right lung and underwent another fibrobronchoscopy that suggested occlusion of the middle lobar bronchus. Repeat thoracotomy did not confirm the findings of the last fibrobronchoscopy, but the right lung failed to expand. The patient developed septic shock refractory to treatment and died.

  10. Infecção fúngica pulmonar por hialo-hifomicose associada a zigomicose e Actinomyces spp. em paciente com espondilite anquilosante / Pulmonary fungal infection with hyalohyphomycosis associated with zygomycosis and Actinomyces spp. in a patient with ankylosing spondylitis

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    Valderílio Feijó, Azevedo; Lúcio Ricardo Hiurko, Felippe; Larissa Luvison Gomes da, Silva; Carlos Frederico Rodrigues, Parchen; Flávio Queiros, Telles.

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available A espondilite anquilosante (EA) pode cursar com manifestações extra-articulares e, dentre elas, as pulmonares. A fibrose nos ápices pulmonares ocorre em até 30% dos casos e as formações císticas são menos frequentes e observadas em casos avançados. A colonização dessas cavidades é uma complicação ra [...] ra. Um paciente com diagnóstico de EA desde 1998, com comprometimento axial, histórico de tuberculose pulmonar tratada em 2002 e 2007, evoluiu com um quadro de aspergilose bilateral em ápices pulmonares associada à zigomicose e Actinomyces spp. Havia sido internado para investigar queixa de emagrecimento, sudorese noturna, tosse produtiva e lesão nos ápices pulmonares. Foi submetido a tratamento cirúrgico de lobectomia de lobo pulmonar superior direito, após identificação de bola fúngica nos ápices pulmonares nas radiografias e tomografias, comprovados por exames de fibrobroncoscopia e biópsia com exame anatomopatológico. Evoluiu sem expansão pulmonar direita, foi submetido à nova fibrobroncoscopia que sugeriu oclusão do brônquio lobar médio. Uma nova toracotomia não confirmou o achado da fibrobroncoscopia. Permaneceu sem expansão pulmonar direita, evoluiu com choque séptico refratário ao tratamento e ao óbito. Abstract in english Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) can be associated with extra-articular manifestations, among which we find pulmonary disorders. Fibrosis of the pulmonary apices is seen in up to 30% of the cases, and cyst formation is less common, being seen in advanced cases. Colonization of those cavities is a rare co [...] mplication. A patient with a diagnosis of AS since 1998 with axial involvement and history of pulmonary tuberculosis treated in 2002 and 2007, developed bilateral aspergillosis of the pulmonary apices associated with zygomycosis and Actinomyces spp. The patient had been hospitalized to investigate complaints of weight loss, nocturnal diaphoresis, productive cough, and lesion in both lung apices. He was submitted to right upper pulmonary lobectomy after identification of a fungus ball on chest X-ray and CT scan, which was confirmed by a fibrobronchoscopy and biopsy for anatomopathological exam. The patient evolved without expansion of the right lung and underwent another fibrobronchoscopy that suggested occlusion of the middle lobar bronchus. Repeat thoracotomy did not confirm the findings of the last fibrobronchoscopy, but the right lung failed to expand. The patient developed septic shock refractory to treatment and died.

  11. Surface electromyography assessment of muscle activation patterns while sitting down in young healthy women and patients with ankylosing spondylitis [Povrchové elektromyografické hodnocení svalové aktivity ve zkoušce posazení u zdravých mladých žen a u pacient? s ankylozující spondylitidou

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    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Muscle activation patterns depend on many factors. Surface electromyography (SEMG can reveal these patterns in subjects of different ages and health states. We studied patterns of muscle activation in two groups of subjects - healthy young women (as a control group and patients with ankylosing spondylitis. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to register and compare muscle activation patterns while sitting down in these two groups in four situations with different positions of the lower and upper limbs. METHODS: Muscle activity was registered with the use of 8 channel surface polyelectromyography (Noraxon-Myosystem 1400A. We tested the following muscles bilaterally while the subjects were sitting down (tibialis anterior muscle, medial head of the gastrocnemius muscle, gluteus maximus muscle, erectores spinae muscles. The onset of each individual muscle's activity was determined by calculating the sum of the mean value of the SEMG baseline plus 10% of the maximum value of amplitude (peak. RESULTS: It was registered that the medial head of the gastrocnemius muscle and/or erectores spinae muscles were activated as the first ones in both groups of the subjects under study in most of the studied postural situations. We registered differences in timing (sequence of muscle activation among various studied body and limb positions (P–, P+, PD–, and PN–. A great degree of variability in the sequence of muscle activation was revealed, depending on the positions of the upper and lower limbs. CONCLUSIONS: We did not find any unique patterns of muscle activation in either of the two groups under study.[VÝCHODISKA: ?asové zapojování (aktivace sval? je závislé na mnoha faktorech. Povrchová polyelektromyografie zachycuje vzorce zapojování sval? u proband? rozdílného v?ku a zdravotního stavu v r?zných podmínkách. CÍLE: Cílem studie byla registrace a hodnocení po?adí zapojování sval? v pr?b?hu sedání u t?chto dvou skupin žen ve ?ty?ech situacích s rozdílnými pozicemi horních i dolních kon?etin. METODIKA: Studovali jsme po?adí zapojování sval? u dvou skupin žen – zdravých mladých žen (jako kontrolní skupiny a pacient? s ankylozující spondylitidou. Aktivace vybraných sval? byla hodnocena povrchovou polyelektromyografií (Noraxon-MyoSystem 1400A. Elektrody byly umíst?ny nad ?ty?i vybrané svaly bilateráln? (m. tibialis anterior, mediální hlava m. gastrocnemii, m. gluteus maximus a mm. erectores spinae. Pro zjišt?ní okamžiku nástupu zapojení sval? (timing jsme používali klidovou hodnotu amplitudy EMG signálu plus 10 % maximální hodnoty amplitudy (peak. VÝSLEDKY: V naší studii jsme zjistili, že ve v?tšin? sledovaných situací prvním aktivovaným svalem byla mediální hlava m. gastrocnemii nebo mm. erectores spinae. Dále byla zjišt?na velká variabilita v po?adí zapojování sval?, která byla závislá na pozici horních a dolních kon?etin. ZÁV?RY: V této studii nebyly prokázány jednotné vzorce pro po?adí zapojování sval? v pr?b?hu sedání u obou skupin proband?.

  12. Microbes, the gut and ankylosing spondylitis

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    Costello, Mary-Ellen; Elewaut, Dirk; Kenna, Tony J; Brown, Matthew A

    2013-01-01

    It is increasingly clear that the interaction between host and microbiome profoundly affects health. There are 10 times more bacteria in and on our bodies than the total of our own cells, and the human intestine contains approximately 100 trillion bacteria. Interrogation of microbial communities by using classic microbiology techniques offers a very restricted view of these communities, allowing us to see only what we can grow in isolation. However, recent advances in sequencing technologies ...

  13. Spondylitis - spondylodiscitis

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    Inflammatory disorders of the spine usually develop in the medullary space of the vertebral bodies, and this clinical picture is identified as spondylitis. If the inflammation involves the intervertebral disk as well as adjacent vertebras, this lesion is defined as spondylodiscitis. Spondylitis may be brought about by several causes which should be diagnostically clearly defined in order to introduce a suitable therapy. In many cases, no conclusions can be drawn from the radiological structures alone with respect to the underlying disease, an additional bioptic investigation (e.g. by a needle puncture) ist therefore required. Most infections conditions of spondylitis represent histologically either an acute, purulent or a chronic, unspecific osteomyelitis. A determination of the causative germs will be obtained by performing a simultaneous bacteriological investigation. The biopsy material of specific spondylitis shows typical histological granulomas which, together with the bacteriological findings, will allow to establish a precise diagnosis. Both conditions of spondylitis and spondylodiscitis may also be produced by fungi that can be histologically identified. Parasites (e.g. Echinococci) may also be recognized histologically. In spondylitis of unknown etiology the histological structures do not have a pathognomonic appearance, and therefore clinical and radiological findings should be included in the diagnosis. Diagnostic problems will only be solved by considering y synopsis of all findings. (orig.)

  14. Intestinal bacteria as triggering agents in murine ankylosing enthesopathy.

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    ?eháková, Z.; ?apková, Jana; Šinkora, J.; Osterreicher, J.; Ivanyi, P.

    2004-01-01

    Ro?. 3, Suppl. 2 (2004), s. 108. ISSN 1568-9972. [International Congress of Autoimmunity /4./. Budapeš?, 03.11.2004-07.11.2004] R&D Projects: GA ?R GA305/03/0287 Keywords : ankylosing spondylitis * ANKENT * HLA-B27 Subject RIV: EC - Immunology

  15. Internal fixation for stress fractures of the ankylosed spine.

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    Marsh, C. H.

    1985-01-01

    Three cases of stress fractures affecting the rigid spine of ankylosing spondylitis are reported. Even without the typical destructive features of the Romanus lesion, symptoms may be very prolonged and disabling and the diagnosis difficult. Internal fixation produces immediate pain relief and rapid fracture union.

  16. MRI Findings of Brucellar Spondylitis: A Case Report

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    Brucellosis is a systemic infectious disease, and musculoskeletal involvement is a frequent complication. Particularly, spondylitis is a common involvement. However, early diagnosis of brucellar spondylitis is often difficult due to non-specific clinical symptoms and long latent period. Especially in Korea, where tuberculosis is an endemic disease, differentiation between tuberculous and brucellar spondylitis is clinically and radiologically more challenging. A 59-year-old male cattle farmer, who presented with non-specific back pain, had spondylitis on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and serologic test finally confirmed brucellar spondylitis. Therefore, we report a case of a rather rare disease in Korea, brucellar spondylitis with a review of MRI findings.

  17. Infectious spondylitis and its differential diagnosis; Spondylitis und ihre Differenzialdiagnosen

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    Erlemann, Rainer [Helios St. Johannes Klinik, Duisburg (Germany). Inst. fuer Radiologie; Hoogeveen, Anja [AKH Viersen (Germany)

    2012-06-15

    Infectious spondylitis can be diagnosed early and reliably by MRI, given that the most important diagnostic criteria are present. These criteria are bone marrow edema adjacent to two contiguous vertebral end plates, disk space of high signal intensity and enhancement of bone adjacent to two contiguous vertebral end plates and of the disk space. If not all of these criteria are present, diagnostic accuracy decreases. Erosive osteochondritis, spondylarthritis, osteoporotic fractures of two contiguous vertebral end plates, active Schmorl's nodes as well as neuropathic spine may mimic an infectious spondylitis. This paper presents typical and atypical morphologic patterns of infectious spondylitis as well as the differentiation criteria from the above mentioned diseases. (orig.)

  18. Ankyloserende spondylitis er associeret med øget kardiovaskulær morbiditet og mortalitet

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    Madsen, Ole Rintek; Lindhardsen, Jesper

    2011-01-01

    Ankylosing spondylitis is an inflammatory disorder primarily affecting the axial skeleton. The disease is associated with increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Structural changes in the heart, and arteriosclerosis secondary to inflammation may be of importance. The role of traditional cardiovascular risk factors and of anti-inflammatory treatment is unclear. Tumor necrosis factor inhibitors seem to increase cholesterol levels. Evaluation of the cardiovascular risk in these patients should be considered. Cardiovascular risk factors should be managed according to ordinary guidelines.

  19. Ankyloserende spondylitis er associeret med øget kardiovaskulær morbiditet og mortalitet

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    Madsen, Ole Rintek; Lindhardsen, Jesper

    2011-01-01

    Ankylosing spondylitis is an inflammatory disorder primarily affecting the axial skeleton. The disease is associated with increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Structural changes in the heart, and arteriosclerosis secondary to inflammation may be of importance. The role of traditional cardiovascular risk factors and of anti-inflammatory treatment is unclear. Tumor necrosis factor inhibitors seem to increase cholesterol levels. Evaluation of the cardiovascular risk in these patients s...

  20. Spinal fractures in patients with ankylosing spinal disorders: a systematic review of the literature on treatment, neurological status and complications

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    Westerveld, L. A.; Verlaan, J. J.; Oner, F.C.

    2008-01-01

    The ankylosed spine is prone to fracture after minor trauma due to its changed biomechanical properties. Although many case reports and small series have been published on patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) suffering spine fractures, solid data on clinical outcome are rare. In advanced diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH), ossification of spinal ligaments also leads to ankylosis. The prevalence of AS is stable, but since DISH may become more widespread due to its association...

  1. Spondylitis Web Info for Teens

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    ... teens near you with spondylitis. Follow SAA on Facebook Follow SAA on Twitter home Your Stories About Spondylitis Staying Active Academics Friends & Family Join Us © 2011 Spondylitis Association of ...

  2. CD4 and CD8 T cell response to the rHSP60 from Klebsiella pneumoniae in peripheral blood mononuclear cells from patients with ankylosing spondylitis / Respuesta de linfocitos T CD4 y CD8 contra la rHSP60 de Klebsiella pneumoniae en células mononucleares de sangre periférica de pacientes con espondilitis anquilosa

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    Francisco, Zambrano-Zaragoza; Ethel, García-Latorre; María Lilia, Domínguez-López; Mario Eugenio, Cancino-Díaz; Rubén, Burgos-Vargas; Luis, Jiménez-Zamudio.

    2005-08-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo.Determinar las vías utilizadas por las células mononucleares de sangre periférica (CMSP) de pacientes con espondilitis anquilosante para procesar a la rHSPGO de Klebsiella pneumoniae (rHSPGOKp) y las subpoblaciones de linfocitos T involucrados en la activación. Métodos. Se determinó la resp [...] uesta linfoproliferativa, por incorporación de ³H-TdR en CMSP, en presencia de la rHSPGOKp, en 14 pacientes con EA HLA-B27+y en 15 sujetos sanos HLA-B27-. La ruta de procesamiento y presentación de la rHSPGOKp se determinó por incorporación de ³H-TdR en las CMSP de los pacientes utilizando como células presentadoras a las CMSP homologas, preíncubadas con el antígeno y los inhibidores específicos: cloroquína, brefeldína A y N-acetil-L-leucil-L-leucil-L-nor-leucinal (LLnL), y fijadas con p-formaldehído. Se evaluaron las subpoblaciones de linfocitos T CD4+ y CD8+ que expresaron CD69, frente al antígeno, por citometría de flujo. Resultados. Ocho de los 14 pacientes y ninguno de los sujetos sanos, tuvo respuesta linfoproliferativa positiva (IE > 3.0) contra la rHSPGOKp (p Abstract in english Objective. To determine the processing pathways used by peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) and present the rHSP60Kp, and the T cell subpopulations involved in the response, in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) Methods. The lymphoproliferative response to the rHSP60Kp in PBMC from 14 H [...] LA-B27 + AS patients and 15 B27 healthy controls was assessed by ³H-TdR incorporation. The processing pathways for the rHSP60Kp were analyzed by ³H-TdR incorporation in fresh PBMC from patients using homologous PBMC preincubated with the antigen and specific inhibitors: chloroquine, N-acetyl-L-leucil-L-leucil-L-nor-leucinal (LLnL) or brefeldin A (BFA), fixed with p-formaldehyde (fixed APC). The CD4+/CD8+ T cell subpopulation activated with the antigen was determined by three colours flow cytometry in PBMC from patients. Results. Eight out of fourteen patients showed positive lymphoproliferative responses to the rHSP60Kp while none of the healthy controls responded (p

  3. Avaliação da aterosclerose subclínica e de níveis plasmáticos de LDL minimamente modificada em pacientes com espondilite anquilosante e sua correlação com a atividade da doença / Evaluation of sub-clinical atherosclerosis and plasma levels of minimally modified LDL in patients with ankylosing spondylitis and its correlation with disease activity

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    Fernanda Teles, Ceccon; Valderílio Feijó, Azevedo; Carlos A., Engelhorn; Dulcinéia S. P., Abdalla; Tanize E. S., Faulin; Luis Cesar, Guarita-Souza; Roberto, Pecoits-Filho; José Rocha, Faria-Neto.

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    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: A aterosclerose acelerada foi demonstrada em algumas doenças autoimunes, principalmente lúpus eritematoso sistêmico e artrite reumatóide. Embora a alta prevalência do uso de corticosteróides possa ser um fator complicador, por causa de seus efeitos prejudiciais em diversos fatores de ris [...] co, acredita-se que, nesses pacientes, a inflamação sistêmica per se desempenhe papel importante na aterogênese. MÉTODOS: Avaliamos a aterosclerose subclínica e os níveis plasmáticos de LDL eletronegativa circulante em pacientes com espondilite anquilosante (EA). Catorze pacientes que atendiam aos critérios de Nova York modificados para EA foram comparados com 13 controles equiparados. Avaliamos a espessura da íntima-média (EIM) na carótida por ultrassonografia bilateral da artéria carótida comum, artéria carótida interna e na bifurcação. Os grupos foram homogêneos, no que tange a fatores de risco cardiovasculares. Apenas um paciente no grupo de EA estava sendo medicado com corticosteróide. RESULTADOS: A presença de inflamação ativa foi demonstrada por BASDAI elevado e níveis mais elevados de PCR em pacientes versus controles (12,36 vs. 3,45 mg/dl, P=0,002). Não observamos diferença na EIM da carótida entre os dois grupos, em qualquer local da artéria. A média de EIM (6 mensurações em 3 locais pré-especificados, bilateralmente) foi 0,72 ± 0,28 no grupo de EA e 0,70 ± 0,45 mm nos controles (P=0,91). Também não observamos diferença significativa na LDL minimamente modificada entre pacientes e controles (14,03 ± 17,40 vs. 13,21 ± 10,21; P=0,88). CONCLUSÕES: Pacientes com EA não demonstraram aumento na EIM da carótida, em comparação com controles. Do mesmo modo, os níveis plasmáticos circulantes de LDL(-) não diferiram significativamente nos dois grupos. Abstract in english INTRODUCTION: Accelerated atherosclerosis has been shown in some autoimmune diseases, mainly in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Although high prevalence of corticosteroids use may be a confounding factor due to their detrimental effects on several risk factors, systemic inflam [...] mation per se is supposed to play an important role in atherogenesis in these patients. METHODS: We have evaluated sub-clinical atherosclerosis and plasma levels of circulating electronegative LDL, which represents the fraction of LDL that is minimally modified, in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Fourteen patients who fulfilled the modified New York criteria for AS were compared with 13 paired controls. Carotid intimal-media thickness (IMT) was assessed by ultrasonography bilaterally in common carotid artery, internal carotid artery and in the bifurcation. Groups were homogeneous regarding cardiovascular risk factors. Only a single patient in AS group was in use of corticosteroid. RESULTS: The presence of active inflammation was demonstrated by elevated BASDAI and higher CRP levels and in patients versus controls (12.36 vs. 3.45 mg/dl, P = 0.002). No difference was found in carotid IMT between both groups, in any site of artery. Averaged IMT (6 measurements, at 3 pre-specified sites bilaterally) was 0.72 ± 0.28 in AS group and 0.70 ± 0.45 mm in controls (P = 0.91). Minimally modified LDL did not differ significantly either between patients and controls (14.03 ± 17.40 vs. 13.21 ± 10.21; P = 0.88). CONCLUSIONS: Patients with AS did not show increased carotid IMT in comparison to controls. In the same way, circulating plasma levels of LDL (-), did not differ significantly in both groups.

  4. Spondylitis/spondylodiscitis; Spondylitis/Spondylodiszitis

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    Ahlhelm, F.; Naumann, N.; Grunwald, I.; Reith, W. [Universitaetsklinikum des Saarlandes, Klinik fuer Diagnostische- und Interventionelle Neuroradiologie, Homburg/Saar (Germany); Kelm, J. [Universitaetsklinikum des Saarlandes, Homburg/Saar (Germany). Orthopaedische Universitaetsklinik; Shariat, K.; Nabhan, A. [Universitaetsklinikum des Saarlandes, Homburg/Saar (Germany). Klinik fuer allgemeine und spezielle Neurochirurgie

    2006-06-15

    Spondylitis is an inflammation of the vertebral body. If the infection is manifested in the vertebral motor segment it is called spondylodiscitis, which can be divided into specific and nonspecific forms. It is clinically impressive that at the beginning of the disease, the patients who are quite often immunosuppressed suffer from localized, especially nocturnally exacerbated backache. The initial diagnostic work-up generally consists of clinical history, examination, laboratory tests, and (especially advanced) imaging findings. Although computed tomography still remains the most frequently used advanced imaging technique, magnetic resonance imaging is the golden standard for the diagnosis of spondylitis and spondylodiscitis. (orig.) [German] Die Spondylitis ist eine Osteomyelitis des Wirbelkoerpers. Wenn sich der inflammatorische Bereich im Bewegungssegment manifestiert, spricht man von einer Spondylodiszitis. Man unterscheidet zwischen spezifischen und unspezifischen Spondylitiden bzw. Spondylodiszitiden. Klinisch imponiert die Erkrankung, die v. a. immunsupprimierte Patienten betrifft, mit lokalen Rueckenschmerzen, die meistens naechtlich exazerbieren. Die Diagnostik schliesst Anamnese, Untersuchung, Bestimmung der Entzuendungsparameter und insbesondere moderne bildgebende Verfahren ein. Der Erregernachweis kann haeufig anhand von Blutkulturen oder eine in der Regel computertomographisch gesteuerten Biopsie erfolgen. Auch wenn die Computertomographie das am haeufigsten genutzte Schnittbildverfahren bleibt, ist die Magnetresonanztomographie der Goldstandard in der modernen Bildgebung von Spondylitis und Spondylodiszitis. (orig.)

  5. Health and Labour Questionnaire: Turkish Adaptation for Ankylosing Spondylitis

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    Engin Çakar; Emel Özcan; Ekin ?lke ?EN; O?uz Durmu?; Ay?e Karan; Mehmet Zeki K?ralp

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    Objective: The purpose of this study was to perform a cross-cultural adaptation of the Health and Labour Questionnaire (HLQ) into Turkish. Materials and Methods: The cross-cultural adaptation was conducted according to the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research guideline which consists the following ten steps respectively: Preparation, forward translation, reconciliation, back translation, back translation review, harmonization, cognitive debriefing (pilot testing),...

  6. A profile of Irish physiotherapy services for ankylosing Spondylitis (AS)

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    Larkin, Louise

    2011-01-01

    Background: Physiotherapy and exercise are main components in the non-pharmacological management of AS (Zochling et al 2006). A minority of the Irish AS population participate in regular exercise (Fitzpatrick et al 2006). No study has explored the physiotherapy services provided to AS patients in the Republic of Ireland (ROI). Objectives: Identify physiotherapy services provided to Irish AS patients. Ascertain if strategies are utilised to improve motivation to exercise. Determine the corr...

  7. Recommendations for starting anti TNF-? in patients with ankylosing spondylitis

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    L. Punzi; Cantini, F; Salvarani, C; Olivieri, L; Matucci Cerinic, M

    2011-01-01

    La spondilite anchilosante è la malattia più rappresentativa del gruppo delle spondiloartriti. Di esso fanno parte anche l’artrite reattiva, l’artrite psoriasica, l’artrite associata alla colite ulcerosa ed alla malattia di Crohn e forme che non rientrando in nessuna della categorie precedenti sono dette indifferenziate (1). Si tratta di malattie molto frequenti che complessivamente colpiscono l-2% della popolazione (2). La spondilite anchilosante inizia di solito nella seconda e terza decade...

  8. Radiologic Changes in Brucella Spondylitis

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    Kazem Abbassioun

    2003-05-01

    Full Text Available Background/ Objectives: Brucellosis is an endemic zoonosis in the Middle East and despite all public health efforts it has not yet been eradicated in Iran. We aimed to highlight and categorize the imaging features of Brucella spondylitis. Material and Method: Twenty six cases of Brucella spondylitis were treated by the authors from 1982 up to 2003. The available imaging studies of all the cases are reviewed and include X-ray films, conventional myelography, computerized tomographic (CTscan and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI. Results: There were 21 male and 5 female patients with an age range of 5 to 62 years and the majority (60% in the 4th and 5th decades of life. Wright hemagglutination tests were positive in all cases. Plain X-ray films typically showed lysis of the end plates with osteophyte formation involving affected vertebrae, followed by narrowing of the interspaces and destruction or collapse of the vertebral bodies in 7 cases. Myelography demonstrated various types of epidural filling defects and obstruction to the flow of contrast material in 10 cases. CT scan, available in 3 cases, showed erosion and cauliflower-like proliferation at the bony edges of the vertebral bodies and end plates. MRI findings varied depending upon the acute or chronic stages of the illness with hypo- or hyper-intense changs on T1 sequences, and primarily hyper-intense changes on T2 sequences in 8 cases. Conclusion: The findings in this series of patients suggest that imaging findings of Brucella spondylitis are scarcely specific. However when considering the medical history, place of origin of the patients, clinical presentation and laboratory findings, the early diagnosis of the illness may be possible before proceeding to surgical intervention.

  9. Spondylitis: MR imaging and follow-up assessment

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    MRI of proven spondylitis was performed in 39 patients. Acute spondylitis appeared hypointense on T1-weighted and hyperintense on T2-weighted images. Following intravenous application of Gd-DTPA, enhancement of the marrow and disk was seen. With progressive healing increasing signal was seen on T1-weighted images. This was caused by the presence of focal fat marrow representing the first sign of therapy response. Corresponding to the clinical healing process T1-signal increased due to fatty marrow, while the T2-signal decreased as well as the enhancement following Gd-DTPA application. Therefore, MR imaging can be recommended as the method of choice for early diagnosis of spondylitis and assessment of therapy response. (orig.)

  10. CT differential diagnosis of spondylitis in childhood and adolescence

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    Full text: The aim of this study was to systematize the most important criteria for early and exact diagnosis of spondylitis in childhood and adolescence. The authors present cases (proved by blood samples and histologically) of spondylitis (specific, non-specific, chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis), plasmacytomas, eosinophilic granuloma, metastases, aseptic necrosis in children from 9 to 17 years old, examined by conventional and helical CT. After ascertaining of osteolythical changes in the vertebral bodies, the diagnostic algorithm dictates to analyze the number of the vertebra involved, the presence of lesions in the vertebral arches, the intervertebral spaces and soft tissues. The clinical courses of the visual changes in infectious spondylitis are various and often are non-specific. In the absence of convincing blood sample changes in the aspect of differential diagnosis, there should be thought of a wide variety of diseases

  11. Radiologic Changes in Brucella Spondylitis

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    Kazem Abbassioun; Abbass Amirjamshidi; Behrooz Taheri

    2003-01-01

    Background/ Objectives: Brucellosis is an endemic zoonosis in the Middle East and despite all public health efforts it has not yet been eradicated in Iran. We aimed to highlight and categorize the imaging features of Brucella spondylitis. Material and Method: Twenty six cases of Brucella spondylitis were treated by the authors from 1982 up to 2003. The available imaging studies of all the cases are reviewed and include X-ray films, conventional myelography, computerized tomographic (CTscan) a...

  12. Ankylosing spondyloarthritis in the rheumatology practice of Karelia

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    Irina Mikhailovna Marusenko

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available The paper describes the pathological aspects of an inflammatory process in ankylosing spondyloarthritis (AS, the role of muscle spasm in maintaining the intensity of pain syndrome and stiffness, the need for the early diagnosis of AS, and the significance of the early use of nonster-oidal anti-inflammatory drugs in these patients. The results of clinical trials and the authorsX data demonstrate the high efficacy and good tolerance of nimesulide (nise in AS.

  13. Scintigraphic evaluation of the sacroiliac joints in anklylosing spondylitis

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    The sedimentation of sup(99m)Tc-phosphate complexes into the sacroiliac joints was investigated in 94 patients with loin pains and suspected of ankylosing spondylitis (SpA) and a control group of 96 healthy patients. The investigation yields the following results: 1. the visual evaluation of the scintigrams does not allow a reliable diagnosis and should be replaced by a semi-quantitative technique, 2. the index ISC/sacrum does remarkably depend on age, 3rd even in young patients the scintigraphic examination appears to be useful to alidate the clinical suspicion of sacroilictis which is in contradiction to literature, 4th with increasing SpA the scintigraphic detectability of changes in the ISG decreases. 5th the floriditily of the ISG process determines the scintigraphic detectability of the process of the disease, 6th the scintigraphic finding is unspecific. Inflammatory states of the disease of different genesis and degenerative processes in the ISG equally yield pathological index values. (orig./MG)

  14. Espondilite anquilosante e anestesia Espondilitis anquilosante y anestesia Ankylosing spondylitis and anesthesia

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    JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: A espondilite anquilosante (EA) é uma doença inflamatória crônica das articulações, incluída no grupo das espondiloartropatias soronegativas. A característica principal dessa doença é a fusão óssea da coluna vertebral que leva à perda permanente da flexibilidade do dorso e do pescoço. Outras grandes articulações e tecidos conectivos poderão estar afetados pelo processo inflamatório. A EA acomete principalmente homens entre 20 e 40 anos; é rara após os 50 anos. As mu...

  15. Avaliação colonoscópica em pacientes com espondilite anquilosante / Colonoscopic evaluation in patients with ankylosing spondylitis

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    Haim Cesar, Maleh; Blanca Elena Rios Gomes, Bica; José Ângelo de Souza, Papi; Mário Newton Leitão de, Azevedo; Antônio José de Vasconcellos, Carneiro.

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    Full Text Available Introdução: Pacientes com espondilite anquilosante podem apresentar-se com lesões inflamatórias intestinais, e, por isso, deve ser definido o uso da colonoscopia para tais pacientes. Objetivos: Avaliar as alterações colonoscópicas intestinais macroscópicas e achados histopatológicos microscópicos [...] de pacientes com espondilite anquilosante; correlacionar os achados colonoscópicos e histopatológicos; e estudar a relação dos achados histopatológicos com as manifestações extra-articulares da doença, HLA-B27, BASFI and BASDAI. Métodos: Este é um estudo transversal de 22 pacientes com espondilite anquilosante. Os pacientes passaram por uma avaliação clínica, BASDAI e BASFI, coleta de sangue para determinação de HLA-B27, e colonoscopia com biópsia de quarto segmentos intestinais (íleo terminal, cólon direito, cólon sigmoide e reto). Resultados: Resultados colonoscópicos anormais foram obtidos em 13 (59,1%) pacientes, e a principal anormalidade foi a presença de pólipos intestinais. Os grupos de resultados colonoscópicos normais e anormais (n = 9 e n = 13, respectivamente) foram homogêneos no que diz respeito à idade, BASFI, BASDAI, e variáveis categóricas, e o valor P não revelou diferença significativa entre grupos. Dos resultados histopatológicos, 81% tiveram uma biópsia anormal do íleo terminal, 90.9% tiveram uma biópsia anormal do cólon sigmoide, e a biópsia retal estava anormal em 86.4%. Os achados histopatológicos revelaram biópsias anormais em 81%, 90.9%, 90.9% e 86.4% para o íleo terminal, cólon direito, cólon sigmoide e reto, respectivamente. Os resultados histopatológicos não revelaram associação estatisticamente significativa com as manifestações extra-articulares, BASFI, BASDAI e positividade para HLA B27. Conclusões: A análise histological dos quatro segmentos intestinais evidenciou lesões inflamatórias em pacientes com resultados colonoscópicos normais e anormais, independentemente da sintomatologia intestinal e do tratamento usado para a doença basal.

  16. Radiology changes in brucella spondylitis, experience with 26 cases

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    Background/objective: brucellosis is an endemic zoonosis in the Middle East and despite all public health efforts it has not yet been eradicated in Iran. We aimed to highlight and categorize the imaging features of Brucella spondylitis. Material and method: twenty six cases of Brucella spondylitis were treated by the authors from 1982 up to 2003. The available imaging studies of all the cases are reviewed and include X-ray films, conventional myelography, computerized tomographic (CT Scan) and magnetic resonance imaging. Results: there were 21 male and 5 female patients with an age range of 5 to 62 years and the majority (60 %) in the 4 Th and 5 Th decades of life. Wright hemagglutination tests were positive in all cases. Plain x-ray films typically showed lysis of the end plates with osteophyte formation involving affected vertebrae, followed by narrowing of the inter spaces and destruction or collapse of the vertebral bodies in 7 cases. Myelography demonstrated various types of epidural filling defects and obstruction to the flow of contrast material in 10 cases. CT scan, available in 3 cases, showed erosion and cauliflower-like proliferation at the bony edges of the vertebral bodies and end plates. MRI findings varied depending upon the acute or chronic stages of the illness with hypo- or hyper-intense changes on T1 sequences, and primarily hyper-intense changes of T2 sequences in 8 cases. Conclusion: The findings in this series of patients suggest that imaging findings of Brucella spondylitis are scarcely specific. However when considering the medical history, place of origin of the patients, clinical presentation and laboratory findings, the early diagnosis of the illness may be possible before proceeding to surgical intervention

  17. Tuberculous spondylitis in elderly Japanese patients

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    Although the number of patients with tuberculous spondylitis in Japan is increasing slowly, the proportion of the elderly among these patients is increasing more quickly. The purpose of this study was to describe the clinical features and diagnostic imaging findings in elderly tuberculous spondylitis patients in order to enhance diagnosis of the condition in the elderly population. We conducted a retrospective review of 23 patients over 70 years of age previously diagnosed with tuberculous spondylitis. Clinical signs and symptoms, including local pain, fever, and neurological deficits, were analyzed. Routine laboratory tests, including the erythrocyte sedimentation rate, the white blood cell count, and the C-reactive protein level were also reviewed. The results of plain X-rays and magnetic resonance imaging were studied. Patients' signs and symptoms were as follows: local pain in 19 patients (83%); fever in 7 patients (30%) and no fever in 16 patients (70%); and neurological deficits in 13 patients (57%). C-Reactive protein was less than 1.0 mg/dl in 6 patients (26%). Radiography revealed several changes in the affected vertebrae; 3 patients had atypical changes involving only a single vertebra. It is difficult to diagnose tuberculous spondylitis in the elderly because there are atypical symptoms, a scarcity of inflammatory changes, and degenerative changes normally seen in the elderly may mask the radiographic changes due to tuberculous spondylitis. Tuberculous spondylitis should be considered a possibility in the differential diagnosis of back pain in the elderly, especially in countries with a significant history of tuberculosis in the population. (author)

  18. The information value of computed tomography for the diagnosis of spondylitis and for follow-up studies

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    The information content of early bone changes in computed tomography (CT) of pyogenic non-tuberculous spondylitis and spinal tuberculosis is analysed. The CT findings are compared with conventional X-ray images including tomography. In 3 of 16 patients no indications of osteomyelitis were found by conventional X-ray images, where CT revealed paravertebral soft tissue swelling or abscesses and osteolysis and thus established the diagnosis of spondylitis. In one patient the process caused neurologic symptoms by extending into the epidural space. The contributions of CT to the diagnosis of spondylitis are to delineate the extent of soft tissue swelling, to detect small defects in the vertebral bodies, to exclude disc involvement, and to differentiate inflammations and other destructive changes. CT can be used for fine needle localization and aspiration of tissue or pus for histological or bacteriological investigations to establish the pathological diagnosis. (orig.)

  19. Tuberculous spondylitis vs pyogenic spondylitis: focusing on the discriminative MR findings for differentiation

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    Kim, So Young; Hong, Suk Joo; Lee, Chang Yoon; Chung, Kyoo Byung; Park, Cheol Min [College of Medicine, Korea University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

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    The purpose of this study is to analyze the most discriminative MR findings for making the differential diagnosis of tuberculous and pyogenic spondylitis. Sixty MR scans of 18 pyogenic spondylitis patients and 42 tuberculous spondylitis patients were retrospectively reviewed. The statistical analysis was performed using stepwise discriminant analysis and Student's T-test. The patients with tuberculous spondylitis had a significantly higher incidence of MRI findings as follows ({rho} < 0.05): smooth margin of a paraspinal mass/abscess in 67% [28/42] of the tuberculous spondylitis patients vs 6% [1/8] in the pyogenic spondylitis patients, mild endplate erosion in 52% [22/42] vs 38% [7/18], respectively, the presence of paraspinal mass/abscess in 100% [42/42] vs 6% [1/18], respectively, central dark signal intensity of the abscess in 86% [36/42] vs 39% [7/18]), respectively, subligamentous spread in 81% [34/42] vs 50% [9/18]), respectively, severe vertebral collapse in 20% [8/42] vs 11% [2/18]), respectively, and posterior extension in 62% [26/42] vs 33% [6/18]), respectively. Among of them, the significant discriminative MR findings were the margin of a paraspinal mass, the grade of endplate erosion and the presence of absence of a paraspinal mass in that order. In the differentiation of tuberculous and pyogenic spondylitis, the margin of the paraspinal mass, the grade of endplate erosion and the presence or absence of a paraspinal mass are the most three discirminating MR findings in that order.

  20. Osteoclast Deficiency Contributes to Temporomandibular Joint Ankylosed Bone Mass Formation.

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    He, L H; Xiao, E; Duan, D H; Gan, Y H; Zhang, Y

    2015-10-01

    Ankylosed bone mass in temporomandibular joint ankylosis (TMJA) is an important factor affecting mouth-opening limitation. However, the mechanism underlying the occurrence of ankylosed bone mass remains unknown. Research has shown that osteoblasts and osteoclasts maintain balance in bone remodeling. Thus, we hypothesized that aberrant osteoclastogenesis and osteogenesis may be involved in the occurrence of ankylosed bone mass in TMJA. In this study, we characterized the osteogenesis of bone marrow stem cells and the osteoclastogenesis of myelomonocyte in clinical specimens of TMJA and normal controls. Results showed that, compared with control bone marrow stem cells, TMJA bone marrow stem cells had lower proliferative and osteogenic capacities. The number of osteoclasts in the ankylosed bone mass group dramatically decreased, and myelomonocyte osteoclastogenic potential was impaired. The RANKL/OPG ratio of the ankylosed bone mass group was lower than that of the control group. Thus, our study suggests that osteoclast deficiency may be an important factor affecting bone mass ankylosis. PMID:26250572

  1. Pyogenic Spondylitis Presenting with Skip Lesions

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    Po-Liang Lai

    2005-09-01

    Full Text Available We report on a 65-year-old man who presented with a 1-month history of aggravatingbackache and low-grade fever. He suddenly became paraplegic (Frankel B. Muscle powerwas grade 0~1 over the bilateral lower limbs. X-ray films showed disc space narrowing andend-plate blurring at the T9~T11 and L4~L5 levels. Magnetic resonance imaging showed aninfectious lesion at T9~T11 and another at L4~L5. An emergent operation was performedunder the impression of pyogenic spondylitis with spinal cord compression. The patientshowed a significant recovery (Frankel D after the thoracic and lumbar spinal surgeries.Pyogenic spondylitis usually presents as a vertebra-disc-vertebra lesion spreads to the contiguousvertebra-disc-vertebra unit. The current patient had pyogenic spondylitis with coexistentthoracic and lumbar lesions. This kind of skip lesion is common in spinal malignantmetastasis, but rare in spinal infections. Awareness of the possibility of multiple lesions orskip lesions will facilitate the diagnosis and treatment of this condition.

  2. Tuberculous Spondylitis: Contrast enhanced MR imaging

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    This retrospective study was conducted to evaluate the value of administration of IV gadopentetate dimeglumine for MR imaging of tuberculous spondylitis. The authors reviewed MR images both with and without contrast enhancement of 22 patients with tuberculous spondylitis. Evaluation of signal characteristics, enhancement patterns, and difference of delineation between pre- and postcontrast enhancement was made on 4 compartments the vertebral body, intervertebral disc, paravertebral space, and extradural space. The spinal tuberculous lesions revealed relatively low or isosignal intensity on T1-weighted image and high signal intensity on T2-weighted image. The tuberculous lesions of vertebral body showed enhancement of mixed pattern, and rim-enhancement pattern was predominant in the other 3 compartment, suggesting abscess. The contrast enhanced MR image showed better demarcation of the extents of tuberculous lesions comparing with noncontrast image, especially at the vertebral body and intervertebral disc. The nature of tuberculous involvement was better visualized at the extradural space and paravertebral space on postcontrast image. We conclude Gd-DTPA enhanced MR image can give information for more detailed delineation, extents, and nature of involvement in the tuberculous spondylitis

  3. Vasoactive Intestinal Peptide in Early Spondyloarthritis: Low Serum Levels as a Potential Biomarker for Disease Severity.

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    Seoane, Iria V; Tomero, Eva; Martínez, Carmen; Garcia-Vicuña, Rosario; Juarranz, Yasmina; Lamana, Amalia; Ocón, Elena; Ortiz, Ana M; Gómez-León, Nieves; González-Álvaro, Isidoro; Gomariz, Rosa P

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    Spondyloarthritis (SpA) is a family of inflammatory diseases sharing clinical, genetic, and radiological features. While crucial for tailoring early interventions, validated prognostic biomarkers are scarce in SpA. We analyze the correlation between serum levels of vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP) and disease activity/severity in patients with early chronic inflammatory back pain. The study population comprised 54 patients enrolled in our early chronic inflammatory back pain register. We collected demographic information, clinical data, laboratory data, and imaging findings. VIP levels were measured by enzyme immunoassay in serum samples from 162 visits. The association between independent variables and VIP levels was analyzed using longitudinal multivariate analysis nested by patient and visit. No significant differences were observed in VIP levels between these two groups. Lower levels of VIP were significantly associated with a higher Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index (BASFI) score, presence of bone edema in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan, and lower hemoglobin levels. Coexistence of cutaneous psoriasis was independently associated with lower VIP levels, and similar trend was observed for enthesitis. We conclude that SpA patients with low serum VIP levels had worse 2-year disease outcome, suggesting that serum VIP levels could be a valid prognostic biomarker. PMID:25711477

  4. Titanium luque SSI for rheumatoid spondylitis with myelopathy. Clinical results and postoperative magnetic resonance imaging

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    Taniguchi, Mutsumi; Maruo, Soji; Tateishi, Hiroomi; Matsumoto, Manabu; Otsuka, Seiji; Yokoyama, Hiroshi [Hyogo Coll. of Medicine, Nishinomiya (Japan)

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    Nineteen rheumatoid patients suffering from rheumatoid spondylitis with myelopathy were surgically treated using Luque segmental spinal instrumentation (SSI). We studied 7 cases of patients who underwent postoperative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) evaluation after being treated with titanium Luque SSI. Titanium implants were imaged safely and there was no evidence of implant migration or local tissue heating effect. MRI also allowed postoperative cervical spine imaging without significant image distortion. This titanium Luque SSI method affords rigid fixation, allows early mobilization and MRI serial imaging in the patient`s lifelong medical care. (author).

  5. Atlantoaxial subluxation as an early manifestation in an adolescent with undifferentiated spondyloarthritis: a case report and review of the literature

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    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Atlantoaxial instability has been described as a manifestation of ankylosing spondylitis (juvenile and adult onset, reactive arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis; however, it has rarely been reported as an early manifestation of these disorders. We present this case report to increase awareness of the condition in the hope that earlier recognition of this disease may prevent further serious injury. Case presentation We report the case of a 17-year-old Hispanic adolescent woman who was initially diagnosed with undifferentiated spondyloarthritis due to peripheral arthritis, enthesitis, a positive human leukocyte antigen B27 result, and inflammatory spinal pain lasting two months. Our patient experienced persistent and worsening occipitocervical pain and signs of myelopathy three months after diagnosis; consequently, we found atlantoaxial instability along with cervical spine bone erosion and pannus formation. She was treated surgically with a C1-2 posterior instrumented fusion and at six weeks post-operatively was started on tumor necrosis factor ? blockade. Her occipitocervical symptoms subsided following surgery and initiation of immunomodulation. Conclusions Our report serves to emphasize to pediatric and adult general practitioners, pediatricians, internists, family physicians, pediatric and adult rheumatologists and spine surgeons that atlantoaxial subluxation may be an early manifestation of spondyloarthritis, and that the condition is treatable by surgical intervention and immunomodulation.

  6. Peptides from HLA-B27 molecules of patients with ankylosing spondylitis reveal increased glutamic acid/glutamine ratio.

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    Stod?lková, Eva; Ivašková, E.; Sedlá?ková, M.; Pohl, J.; Votruba, Jaroslav; Man, Petr; ?apková, Jana; Ivanyi, J.; Flieger, Miroslav

    Oslo : Verlag, 2006, s. 12-12. [European Immunogenetics and Histocompatibility conference /20./. Oslo (NO), 08.06.2006-11.06.2006] R&D Projects: GA MZd 1A8631 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z50200510; CEZ:AV0Z50520514 Keywords : sped * peptide Subject RIV: EE - Microbiology, Virology

  7. Primary pyogenic spondylitis following kyphoplasty: a case report

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    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Only ten cases of primary pyogenic spondylitis following vertebroplasty have been reported in the literature. To the best of our knowledge, we present the first reported case of primary pyogenic spondylitis and spondylodiscitis caused by kyphoplasty. Case presentation A 72-year old Caucasian man with an osteoporotic compression fracture of the first lumbar vertebra after kyphoplasty developed sensory incomplete paraplegia below the first lumbar vertebra. This was caused by myelon compression following pyogenic spondylitis with a psoas abscess. Computed tomography guided aspiration of the abscess cavity yielded group C Streptococcus. The psoas abscess was percutaneously drained and laminectomy and posterior instrumentation with an internal fixator from the eleventh thoracic vertebra to the fourth lumbar vertebra was performed. In a second operation, corpectomy of the first lumbar vertebra with cement removal and fusion from the twelfth thoracic vertebra to the second lumbar vertebra with a titanium cage was performed. Six weeks postoperatively, the patient was pain free with no neurologic deficits or signs of infection. Conclusion Pyogenic spondylitis is an extremely rare complication after kyphoplasty. When these patients develop recurrent back pain postoperatively, the diagnosis of pyogenic spondylitis must be considered.

  8. Espondilitis anquilopoyética / Spondylite ankilopoiétique / Ankylopoietic spondylitis

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    Carlos, Santos Coto; Rafael, Rivas Hernández; Ernesto, Fleites Marrero.

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Se presenta un caso de espondilitis anquilopoyética, de 6 años de evolución sin tratamiento adecuado, que llevó al paciente a una deformidad en flexión y limitación de los movimientos del raquis, por lo cual se decidió realizar el tratamiento quirúrgico para corregir la deformidad. Se realiza una re [...] visión bibliográfica sobre la enfermedad, como parte del estudio para definir y planificar el tratamiento quirúrgico. Se muestran además los resultados obtenidos con la técnica empleada (osteotomía de sustracción transpedicular), con la que se logró la corrección planificada y una fijación estable en un segmento mínimo de la columna lumbar. Abstract in english Authors present a 6-years course ankilopoietic spondylitis case without a appropriate treatment causing a flexion deformity and rachis movement limitations who was operated on to correct the deformity. A bibliographic review as carried out on disease as part of study to define and plan surgical trea [...] tment. Results obtained using this technique (osteotomy of transpedicular substraction) are showed achieving the planned correction and a stable fixation in a minimal segment of lumbar spine.

  9. Intestinal bacteria as triggering agents in murine ankylosing enthesopathy.

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    ?eháková, Z.; ?apková, Jana; Šinkora, J.; Ivanyi, P.

    Salzburg : SEMACO GmbH, 2005. s. 115. [Annual meeting of the Austrian Society for Allergology and Immunology. 05.12.01-05.12.03, Graz] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z5052915 Keywords : ankylosing enthesopathy * intestinal bacteria Subject RIV: EB - Genetics ; Molecular Biology

  10. Cervical spondylitis and spinal abscess due to Actinomyces meyeri

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    Alexandre, Duvignaud; Emmanuel, Ribeiro; Daniel, Moynet; Maite, Longy-Boursier; Denis, Malvy.

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    Full Text Available Human actinomycosis with involvement of the spine is a rare condition although it has been first described a long time ago. It is probably underrecognized since its clinical presentation is often misleading and accurate bacteriological diagnosis is challenging. We herein report a rare case of cervic [...] al actinomycosis with paravertebral abscess and spondylitis imputed to an infection by Actinomyces meyeri in a 52-year-old immunocompetent Caucasian man. A. meyeri should be considered as a potential cause for subacute or chronic spondylitis, even in immunocompetent subjects. Modern diagnostic tools such as Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption–Ionization Time of Flight mass spectrometry and 16S rRNA sequencing are efficient for accurate microbiological identification.

  11. Clinical results of 31 patients with pyogenic spondylitis

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    We studied 31 patients with pyogenic spondylitis who were treated at our hospital from 1996 to 2004. They consisted of 17 male and 14 female patients ranging in age from 37 to 76 years (mean: 63 years). The follow-up period ranged from six to 26 months (mean: 13 months). Sixteen cases were treated conservatively with antibiotics and brace, and 15 cases surgically. Twenty patients (64.5%) had an impaired immune system secondary to diabetes mellitus, cancer, renal or hepatic failure. The infection in 18 patients (58.4%) was caused by organisms. The source of the infection was confirmed in seven (22.6%) with the urinary tract being the most frequent source. MRI is very sensitive and often quite specific for spinal infection. But it is difficult to evaluate the healing phase of chronic pyogenic spondylitis. (author)

  12. Infectious spondylitis. A retrospective evaluation of the MRI signs

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    Aim and methods: The aim of the present study was to evaluate the MRI criteria of infectious spondylitis (spondylodiscitis). The MR images of 23 patients suffering from spondylodiscitis (78% unspecific, 22% specific) were retrospectively analyzed. Results: The height of the intervertebral discs involved was normal in 40%, reduced in 43% and increased in 17% of the cases. The most common findings can be summarized in an MR triad: (1) The vertebral bodies involved are hypointense in T1-weighted images (100%) with a lack of delineation of the intervertebral discs (53%). (2) The injection of Gd-DTPA yields an enhancement of the vertebral bodies involved and intervertebral discs (95% and 74% respectively). (3) The vertebral bodies and intervertebral discs are hyperintense in T2-weighted sequences (76% and 90% respectively). (orig.)

  13. Estimates of radiation doses in tissue and organs and risk of excess cancer in the single-course radiotherapy patients treated for ankylosing spondylitis in England and Wales

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    The estimates of absorbed doses of x rays and excess risk of cancer in bone marrow and heavily irradiated sites are extremely crude and are based on very limited data and on a number of assumptions. Some of these assumptions may later prove to be incorrect, but it is probable that they are correct to within a factor of 2. The excess cancer risk estimates calculated compare well with the most reliable epidemiological surveys thus far studied. This is particularly important for cancers of heavily irradiated sites with long latent periods. The mean followup period for the patients was 16.2 y, and an increase in cancers of heavily irradiated sites may appear in these patients in the 1970s in tissues and organs with long latent periods for the induction of cancer. The accuracy of these estimates is severely limited by the inadequacy of information on doses absorbed by the tissues at risk in the irradiated patients. The information on absorbed dose is essential for an accurate assessment of dose-cancer incidence analysis. Furthermore, in this valuable series of irradiated patients, the information on radiation dosimetry on the radiotherapy charts is central to any reliable determination of somatic risks of radiation with regard to carcinogenesis in man. The work necessary to obtain these data is under way; only when they are available can more precise estimates of risk of cancer induction by radiation in man be obtained

  14. Can a functional assay on cytokine kinetics be used for the identification of a disease-related role for Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) in Ankolysing spondylitis?

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    Carlsen, Thomas Gelsing; Kjærsgaard, Pernille

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    Interleukin 1? (IL-1?) is a proinflammatory cytokine that belongs to the IL-1 family. It is produced mainly by macrophages at sites of infection and regarded as an essential regulator of acute inflammation. IL-1? is synthesized as a 33 kDa precursor peptide that is cleaved by a calpain-like protease to a nuclear -associated 16 kDa propiece and a secreted 17 kDa mature IL-1? peptide. However, the full understanding of its dual function is missing. Recently, SNPs in the gene for IL-1? was also associated with the risk of developing ankylosing spondylitis (AS), a subgroup of the spondyloarthropathies. These findings lead us to produce antibodies towards the N- and C-terminal region of IL-1? to investigate IL-1? kinetics in human macrophages. This would eventually be used to asses any correlation between a defect in the production of the cytokine and a disease related SNP found in the IL-1? gene in patients suffering from AS. In the present study we generated human macrophages (Mf) from blood monocytes, stimulated the cells with lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and analysed the production and localization of IL-1? by use of monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) generated against recombinant precursor IL-1?. We obtained a MAb specific for the N-terminal propiece and for the C-terminal mature form of IL-1?, respectively. Assays, including DNA sequencing, immunofluorescence microscopy, qPCR and FACS are now available for the analysis of IL-1? kinetics in blood samples from AS patients.

  15. Rheumatological presentation of developmental bone diseases

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    Developmental bone disease may be present, with rheumatological disorders as the major symptoms, even in children. The major lesions encountered are early osteo arthritis, osteo chondromatosis and vertebral involvement with two leading types, pseudo Scheuermann's disease or pseudo ankylosing spondylitis. This paper presents the different features and lists the rheumatological problems in bone dysplasia

  16. Early failure of the Durom prosthesis in metal-on-metal hip resurfacing in Chinese patients.

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    Li, Jia; He, Chongru; Li, Dahe; Zheng, Wei; Liu, Denghui; Xu, Weidong

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    Hip resurfacing (HR) is being used increasingly as an alterative to total hip arthroplasty in osteonecrosis (ON) and ankylosing spondylitis (AS) of the hip. We performed 141 consecutive HR arthroplasties in 111 patients comprising 3 etiology groups: ON, AS, and osteoarthritis (OA). After retrospective study of retrieved components, we hypothesized that the main reason for revision was femoral loosening in the ON group (4 of 46 hips; 8.7%) and femoral-neck fracture in the AS group (3 of 58 hips; 5.2%). Necrotic areas were seen on femoral heads retrieved from patients with femoral loosening, whereas femoral heads were fixed tightly to components in patients with femoral-neck fractures. Etiology may be an important risk factor for postoperative complications. PMID:23831082

  17. Espondilo artritis anquilosante: presentación de un caso atípico Ankylosing spondyloarthritis: an atypical case report

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    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available La espondiloartritis anquilosante es una enfermedad que tiene muy baja prevalencia en Cuba, y es muy rara en Pinar del Río, y más en la juventud. Se presenta un caso de un joven adolescente de 16 años, estudiante, blanco, que debuta con dolor plantar y espolones calcáneos. Es ingresado y estudiado y se le diagnóstica espondiloartritis anquilosante. Se expone el cuadro clínico, los complementarios y la terapéutica utilizada. Se revisa la literatura al respecto.Ankylosing spondyloarthritis (AS is an uncommon disease in Cuba, and very rare in Pinar del Río Province, and much more uncommon in teenagers. A white 16- year-old adolescent student begins with plantar pain and calcaneous spikes. He is admitted to be studied and Ankylosing Spondyloarthritis is diagnosed. Clinical chart, complementary exams and the therapeutics to be used are discussed. Medical Literature is reviewed.

  18. Espondilo artritis anquilosante: presentación de un caso atípico / Ankylosing spondyloarthritis: an atypical case report

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    Bárbara del Rosario, Hernández Bravo; Ramón, Suárez Junco; José G, Sanabria Negrín.

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    Full Text Available La espondiloartritis anquilosante es una enfermedad que tiene muy baja prevalencia en Cuba, y es muy rara en Pinar del Río, y más en la juventud. Se presenta un caso de un joven adolescente de 16 años, estudiante, blanco, que debuta con dolor plantar y espolones calcáneos. Es ingresado y estudiado y [...] se le diagnóstica espondiloartritis anquilosante. Se expone el cuadro clínico, los complementarios y la terapéutica utilizada. Se revisa la literatura al respecto. Abstract in english Ankylosing spondyloarthritis (AS) is an uncommon disease in Cuba, and very rare in Pinar del Río Province, and much more uncommon in teenagers. A white 16- year-old adolescent student begins with plantar pain and calcaneous spikes. He is admitted to be studied and Ankylosing Spondyloarthritis is dia [...] gnosed. Clinical chart, complementary exams and the therapeutics to be used are discussed. Medical Literature is reviewed.

  19. Total Knee Arthroplasty in a Patient with an Ankylosing Knee after Previous Patellectomy

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    Patellectomized patients may have less satisfactory clinical outcomes following total knee arthroplasty (TKA) due to a decreased extensor mechanism efficiency and potential instability. Furthermore, the existing literature does not provide concrete guidance on the expected results of TKA or the type of implant that should be used in patellectomized patients. We present a case of a patient with an ankylosing knee who had undergone patellectomy due to gunshot injury 45 years ago and was treated...

  20. Lipopolysaccharide treatment suppresses spontaneously developing ankylosing enthesopathy in B10.BR male mice: The potential role of interleukin-10.

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    ?apková, Jana; Hrn?í?, Tomáš; Kubátová, Alena; Tlaskalová-Hogenová, Helena

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    Ro?. 13, ?. 6 (2012) R&D Projects: GA ?R(CZ) GAP304/11/1252; GA ?R GP310/09/P182; GA MŠk(CZ) 7E09091 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z50520701 Institutional support: RVO:61388971 Keywords : Ankylosing enthesopathy * Interleukin-10 * Lipopolysacharid * Cytokines Subject RIV: EC - Immunology Impact factor: 1.875, year: 2012

  1. Commensal intestinal bacterial strains trigger ankylosing enthesopathy of the ankle in inbred B10.BR (H-2k) male mice.

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    Šinkorová, Z.; ?apková, Jana; Niederlová, J.; Št?pánková, Renata; Šinkora, Ji?í

    2008-01-01

    Ro?. 69, ?. 12 (2008), s. 845-850. ISSN 0198-8859 R&D Projects: GA ?R GA305/03/0287 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z50520701; CEZ:AV0Z5020903 Keywords : Spondyloarthropathies * Ankylosing enthesopathy * Intestinal microflora Subject RIV: EC - Immunology Impact factor: 3.061, year: 2008

  2. Contrast enhancement and morphological findings of hematopoietic regions of bone marrow on MR imaging. Comparative study with spondylitis and vertebral tumors

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    Amano, Yasuo; Hayashi, Hiromitsu; Matsuura, Maki; Watari, Jun; Kumazaki, Tatsuo [Nippon Medical School, Tokyo (Japan)

    1995-06-01

    The enhanced MR findings of hematopoietic regions in aplastic anemia were compared with those of spondylitis, metastatic vertebral tumors and hematologic neoplasms. The enhanced MR images showed hematopoietic regions to homogeneously enhance and occupy the margin of vertebral bodies, while spondylitis and metastatic tumors appeared as round, inhomogeneously enhancing lesions. MR images of leukemia and myelodysplastic syndrome showed homogeneous enhancement at the margins of vertebrae that was difficult to differentiate from hematopoietic regions. Enhanced MR images were useful in detecting the hematopoietic areas in marrow and differentiating them from spondylitis and metastatic tumors, although further experience is needed to distinguish between tumorous hyperplastic regions and benign hematopoietic regions in marrow. (author).

  3. Uveitis

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    Iritis; Pars planitis; Choroiditis; Chorioretinitis; Anterior uveitis; Posterior uveitis ... Uveitis can be caused by autoimmune disorders , including rheumatoid arthritis or ankylosing spondylitis . It can also be ...

  4. Induction of Regulatory t Cells by Low Dose il2 in Autoimmune and Inflammatory Diseases

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    Rheumatoid Arthritis; Ankylosing Spondylitis; Systemic Lupus Erythematosus; Psoriasis; Behcet's Disease; Wegener's Granulomatosis; Takayasu's Disease; Crohn's Disease; Ulcerative Colitis; Autoimmune Hepatitis; Sclerosing Cholangitis

  5. [Paraparesis and fever in a Tunisian woman: cryptococcal spondylitis with spinal involvement].

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    Nfoussi, H; Chelly, I; Aamari, L; Ben Salem, T; Azouz, H; Tiouiri Benaissia, H; Kchir, N; Haouet, S; Zitouna, M

    2010-02-01

    Cryptococcus neoformans is a ubiquitous yeast that causes opportunistic infections mainly involving the central nervous system. Cryptococcoma is a rare entity characterized by a solid, tumor-like mass that is usually located in the cerebral hemispheres or cerebellum. Spinal involvement is rare with only 6 cases reported in literature. Bony involvement is also a rare occurrence that has been observed in only 5 to 10% of reported cases of infection by Cryptococcus neofomans. The purpose of this report is to describe a case of paraplegia due to cryptococcal spondylitis with spinal cord involvement in an HIV-seronegative patient with a history of systemic sarcoidosis. Diagnosis was achieved by histological examination of the surgical specimen. PMID:20337124

  6. Evidence-based recommendations for the management of ankylosing spondylitis: systematic literature search of the 3E Initiative in Rheumatology involving a broad panel of experts and practising rheumatologists

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    Sidiropoulos, P I; Hatemi, G; Song, I-H; Avouac, J; Collantes, E; Hamuryudan, V; Herold, M; Kvien, T K; Mielants, H; Mendoza, J M; Olivieri, I; Østergaard, M; Schachna, L; Sieper, J; Boumpas, D T; Dougados, M

    2008-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: Recommendations and/or guidelines represent a popular way of integrating evidence-based medicine into clinical practice. The 3E Initiatives is a multi-national effort to develop recommendations for the management of rheumatic diseases, which involves a large number of experts combined with practising rheumatologists addressing specific questions relevant to clinical practice. METHODS: Ten countries participated in three rounds of discussions and votes concerning the management of AS. ...

  7. Atypical, multilevel and noncontiguous tuberculous spondylitis that affected the vertebrae of thoracic, lumbar and sacrum: a case report

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    Shen, Yi; Zhong, Weiye; Peng, Dan; Lu, Chang; Xiong, Guangzhong; Li, Duo; Deng, Youwen; TAN, LIHUA

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    Aim: Tuberculous spondylitis (TS, also called Spinal tuberculosis, Pott’s spine or Pott’s disease) is a common extrapulmonary manifestation of tuberculosis (TB), but multilevel, noncontiguous TS cases are rare. Methods: Physical examination, CT, MRI imaging, percutaneous biopsy and other lab tests were used to confirm the diagnosis. Result: we report a rare case of atypical, multilevel and noncontiguous TS in a 50-year-old woman. We found four noncontiguous osteolytic lesions in her spine tha...

  8. DNA synthesis and DNA repair in chronic rheumatism when exposed to low doses of natural radioactivity (radon)

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    Elevated natural radioactivity during a treatment at Badgastein (Austria) caused an increase in DNA-repair of lymphocytes of patients with ankylosing spondylitis and osteoarthritis. Semiconservative DNA-synthesis was remarkably lower after the treatment in patients with ankylosing spondylitis and a small decrease was obtained also in lymphocytes of osteoarthritis patients. These effects are discussed in relation to late effects. (orig.)

  9. The Spondyloarthropathies

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    Ziff, M.; Cohen, S.B.

    1985-01-01

    This book contains several chapters on advances in inflammation research. Some of the chapter titles are: Genetic Analysis of Ankylosing Spondylitis, Pathological Specificity of Ankylosing Spondylitis: Is it yet established., Acute Anterior Uveitis and the Fourteenth Chromosome, and Patterns of Spondyloarthropathies.

  10. Ra-224 for internal radiation therapy of spondylitis ankylosans (Bechterew's disease) - an alternative for chemotherapy

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    For therapy of spondylitis ankylosans (Sp. a.) nowadays Ra-224 of high radionuclide purity in a dosage of 280 ?Ci total activity should be given a place beside the non-steroidal antirheumatic drugs. With comparable therapeutic efficacy and risk this substance has the advantage of improving the patients' quality of life without the relatively frequent and strained side effects of drug therapy. However, Ra-224 therapy has still a psychological disadvantage resulting from less positive experience with peteosthor therapy and application of external X-ray radiation. Ra-224 therapy is very safe concerning dosage by the physician, compared to drug therapy an overdosage by the patient is impossible. In future a comparison between Ra-224 therapy and peteosthor therapy performed with false indication and overdosage should be avoided. After careful examination of the type of the disease including a bone scan for evaluating the potential therapeutic success, up to now after application of Ra-224 of high radionuclide purity no severe side effects could be reported. (orig.)

  11. Patterns of disease on MRI in 53 children with tuberculous spondylitis and the role of gadolinium

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    Tuberculosis (TB) of the spine is the most common site of osseous involvement and has a higher prevalence in developing nations with an increasing incidence in developed nations. There are few paediatric reports of TB spondylitis (TBS) that include MRI findings.Objective. To determine the MRI characteristics of TBS in children with special reference to gadolinium enhancement and findings on follow-up MRI.Materials and methods. A retrospective review of patient records and MRI scans by three readers using a consensus method of 53 patients below 13 years of age.Results. Seventy-nine percent presented with kyphosis. MRI showed thoracic involvement in 83%. Eighty-five percent showed contiguous involvement of two or more vertebral bodies. An intraspinal or paraspinal soft-tissue mass or abscess was present in 98%. Subligamentous extension was noted in 64% of patients. Gadolinium was administered in 26 patients. Ring enhancement of the soft-tissue mass was shown in 65% of these. Subligamentous enhancement was shown in 35% and bone enhancement was shown in 100% of patients. Follow-up MRI performed in 16 patients showed progressive bone destruction in 10 patients, progressive kyphosis in 2 patients and progression of soft-tissue disease in 4 patients.Conclusions. We have demonstrated an advanced pattern of TBS in this childhood population, which supports other reports that describe a more aggressive process in children. Kyphosis and cord compressions were the most common complications. The use of gadolinium is promising in detecting disease earlier, as it invariably results in bone enhancement and may assist in making the diagnosis when the rim-enhancing pattern of the soft-tissue mass is demonstrated. Follow-up imaging with MRI is a suitable way of assessing resolution of cord compression and decrease in size of the soft-tissue mass. Therefore, considering the pattern of involvement in children with TBS demonstrated by this study, MRI is considered an ideal modality for making the diagnosis, demonstrating the extent of disease, identifying complications and assessing response to treatment. (orig.)

  12. Pneumorraquis, espondilitis y meningitis secundarios a cistitis enfisematosa: Report of one case / Pneumorrhachis, spondylitis and meningitis secondary to emphysematous cystitis

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    Susana, Michalland; Daniel, Erlij; Oscar, Neira.

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available [...] Abstract in english We report a 57-year-old woman who presented with low back pain, fever and impairment of consciousness. The patient was admitted to the intensive care unit in Glasgow 8, with neck stiffness, peritoneal irritation, leukocytosis, hyperglycemia requiring insulin and a urine test suspecting an infection. [...] Brain CT was unremarkable, while CT of the abdomen and pelvis evidenced emphysematous cystitis, retropneumoperitoneum and pneumorrhachis. Blood, urine and cerebrospinal fluid cultures were positive to Escherichia coli. She was treated with ceftriaxone, ciprofloxacin and amikacin during one month followed by ciprofloxacin until completing 100 days. The air in the spinal canal and bladder decreased. However she suffered several infectious complications such as multiple paravertebral, epidural and psoas abscesses, L5-S1 spondylitis and a L3 fracture. As an inflammatory complication she developed a bulbar infarction and tetraparesis. She had a good clinical response with medical treatment, partial improvement of the paresis and reduction of epidural abscesses.

  13. MR spectroscopy findings in tuberculous spondylitis; comparison with Modic type-I end-plate changes and metastatic vertebral disease

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    Anik, Yonca [Kocaeli University, School of Medicine, Department of Radiology, 41380 Umuttepe, Kocaeli (Turkey)], E-mail: yoncaanik@yahoo.com; Ciftci, Ercument; Sarisoy, Hasan Tahsin; Akansel, Guer; Demirci, Ali [Kocaeli University, School of Medicine, Department of Radiology, 41380 Umuttepe, Kocaeli (Turkey); Anik, Ihsan [Kocaeli University, School of Medicine, Department of Neurosurgery, 41380 Umuttepe, Kocaeli (Turkey); Buluc, Levent [Kocaeli University, School of Medicine, Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, 41380 Umuttepe, Kocaeli (Turkey); Ilgazli, Ahmet [Kocaeli University, School of Medicine, Department of Chest Disease, 41380 Umuttepe, Kocaeli (Turkey)

    2009-08-15

    Purpose: To define single-voxel proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) findings of vertebral tuberculous spondylitis (TBS), Modic type-I end-plate changes (MTEC) and metastatic vertebral disease (MVD). Materials and methods: Fifteen patients with TBS, 15 with MTEC and 15 with MVD were included. MRS from the diseased vertebral body as well as normal vertebral body was examined. Water and lipid peak were measured, water-to-lipid ratio (WLR) and for each patient lesion water index (LWI, the ratio of WLRs from diseased to normal vertebrae) were calculated. Results: The mean WLR of normal and pathologic vertebra was 0.91 and 7.13 in TBS group, 0.84 and 3.49 in MTEC group and 0.65 and 3.17 in MVD group, respectively. The mean LWI was 10.68 in TBS, 6.04 in MTEC and 6.42 MVD groups. Statistical significance was not achieved between the WLR and LWI of the TBS, MTEC nor MVD group (p > 0.05). Conclusion: The mean values of WLR and LWI in the TBS group are relatively higher than MTEC and MVD groups, with the difference being statistically insignificant.

  14. Diagnosis of infective spondylitis. Value of bone marrow scintiscans using 99mTc-labelled monoclonal granulocyte antibodies in combination with 99mTc-DPD bone scintiscanning

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    The diagnostic detection of infective spondylitis can be difficult and requires a combination of clinical examinations, laboratory findings, and the findings of imaging methods. Nuclear medicine and magnetic resonance imaging are the most important methods. Nevertheless, conventional radiography is in first place on the list of applicable diagnostic methods. The study reported covers 24 consecutive patients (13 women and 11 men, aged between 30 and 86), accepted as in-patients for suspected infective spondylitis. The results show that the scintiscanning data revealing enhanced accumulation in bone scintiscans together with the corresponding cold lesion in bone marrow scans are reliable signs indicating an infection of the vertrebral disc and of the neighbouring vertebral bodies. The scintiscans are easy to perform and can be considered as an alternative modality of other nuclear-medicine methods or of MRI in patients with unknown localisation of infection, or suspected multiple infections. It also is a valuable alternative to MRI for patients who cannot be examined by MRI. (orig./MG)

  15. Experimental colitis does not increase the prevalence of ANKENT, a spontaneous joint disease in mice.

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    ?apková, Jana; Št?pánková, Renata; Hudcovic, Tomáš; Šinkora, Ji?í; ?eháková, Zuzana

    2004-01-01

    Ro?. 49, ?. 6 (2004), s. 745-750. ISSN 0015-5632 R&D Projects: GA ?R(CZ) GA310/00/1371; GA ?R(CZ) GA305/03/0287 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z5052915 Keywords : ankylosing spondylitis * ankylosing enthesopathy * inflammatory bowel disease Subject RIV: EB - Genetics ; Molecular Biology Impact factor: 1.034, year: 2004

  16. Abnormalities in soluble CD147 / MMPs / TIMPs axis in Ankylosing Spondylitis patients with and without a history of Acute Anterior Uveitis / Anomalii ale axei CD147 solubil / MMPs / TIMPs la pacien?ii cu spondilit? anchilozant? cu sau f?r? uveit? acut? anterioar?

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    Mitulescu Traian Costin

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Spondilita Anchilozant? (SA este prototipul formei axiale a spondiloartritelor. În pofida studiilor extinse, sunt înc? incomplet în?elese mecansimele complexe legate de procesele celulare ?i moleculare anormale din SA. Printre mediatorii inflama?iei, cum ar fi citokinele proinflamatoare, NOS-2, chemokinele, care conduc la inflama?ie, metaloproteinazele de matrice (MMPs joac? un rol important în procesele inflamatoare care caracterizeaz? SA. De aceea, ne-am propus s? evalu?m dac? perturb?ri ale homeostaziei inductorului extracelular de MMPs (EMMPRIN/CD147, MMPs ?i inhibitorilor tisulari ai MMPs (TIMPs joac? un rol în evolu?ia SA în special la pacien?ii care au în istoricul lor Uveit? Acut? Anterioar? (UAA. În acest scop seruri de la pacien?i cu SA ?i de la donatori s?n?to?i (DS au fost analizate pentru nivelurile de CD147 solubil (sCD147, MMP-3 ?i TIMP-1 prin tehnica imunoenzimatica ELISA ?i pentru activitatea gelatinazelor MMP-2 si MMP-9 folosind gelatin zimografia. Rezultatele experimentale au ar?tat c? nivelurile de sCD147, MMP-3 si TIMP-1 sunt semnificativ crescute la pacien?ii cu SA comparativ cu DS. sCD147 ca ?i raportul MMP-2/sCD147 a diferen?iat pacien?ii cu UAA de cei f?r? UAA în istoricul lor. La pacien?ii cu SA rapoartele MMP-2/sCD147, MMP-3/sCD147 ?i MMP-3/TIMP-1 au sugerat dezechilibrul dintre MMPs ?i reglatorii lor. Aceste rezultate sugereaz? c? rapoartele MMPs/sCD147 pot deveni biomarkeri poten?iali pentru înt?rirea caracteriz?rii pacien?ilor cu SA ?i pentru a prognoza evolu?ia bolii. Corela?iile pozitive ?i negative dintre anumite caracteristici experimentale ?i/sau clinice ale pacien?ilor cu SA ?i terapie subliniaz? de asemenea utilitatea evalu?rii acestor biomarkeri pentru a identifica o terapie individualizat? ?i eficient?.

  17. Orthodontic treatment of severe anterior open bite and alveolar bone defect complicated by an ankylosed maxillary central incisor: a case report.

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    Lin, Feiou; Sun, Hao; Yao, Linjie; Chen, Qiushuo; Ni, Zhenyu

    2014-01-01

    Incisor trauma is common in children, and can cause severe complications during adolescent growth and development. This report describes the treatment of a 16-year-old patient with severe anterior open bite due to ankylosis of the maxillary left incisor after dental trauma as an 8-year-old. No examination or active treatment was undertaken until he was 16 years old. Clinical examination revealed that the maxillary left incisor was severely intruded accompanied by a vertical alveolar bone defect. Orthodontic treatment combined with surgical luxation took 3 years and 7 months. During treatment, the intruded incisor was moved to the occlusal level and the alveolar bone defect was restored, achieving normal occlusion. After two years of retention, the maxillary left incisor was retained in a stable normal position with a slightly reduced overbite. This case demonstrates that surgical luxation with orthodontic traction can be an effective approach, especially when the ankylosed tooth has a single root. Long-term monitoring of orthodontic stability and the maintenance of periodontal health are crucial in the post-treatment period. PMID:25414141

  18. Evaluation of plasma C3d and immune complex determinations in the assessment of disease activity of patients with rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, and spondylitis ancylopoetica.

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    Krauledat, P B; Krapf, F E; Manger, B; Kalden, J R

    1985-01-01

    Patients with rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, and spondylitis ancylopoetica were examined, along with healthy controls, for C3d plasma levels, circulating immune complexes, C3 serum levels, and CRP. Immune complexes were determined using a Clq binding assay, a 2.75% PEG precipitation technique, including the analysis of IgG and C3, and a new laser nephelometric latex test. C3d plasma levels were significantly (P less than 1%) elevated in all groups of patients as compared to controls. With regard to the demonstration of circulating immune complexes, the PEG precipitation method discriminated best between patients and the control population. It was not possible to differentiate between the different disease entities with neither C3d serum levels or immune complexes. Concerning the assessment of disease activity, none of the evaluated parameters alone appears to be of clinical relevance. The individual application of more than one immune complex assay in combination with the measurement of C3d serum levels must be recommended if disease activity is to be assessed. PMID:3892637

  19. Scintigraphy of sacroliac joints in acute anterior uveitis. A study of thirty patients

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    HLA-B27 is a transplantation antigen found in a high proportion of patients with ankylosing spondylitis. Recently, an association has been shown to exist between HLA-B27 and acute uveitis, even in the absence of ankylosing spondylitis. We have examined the HLA antigen profile of 45 patients with acute nongranulomatous anterior uveitis and have confirmed this relation. In addition, using 90m technetium stannous pyrophosphate we have been able to demonstrate abnormal bone scan in 19 of 30 patients studied. Such abnormalities are limited to the sacroiliac joints but are otherwise the same as those seen in overt ankylosing spondylitis. Seven of the 19 patients did not have HLA-B27. These factors suggest that acute anterior uveitis may often represent a manifestation of a spondylitic diathesis even in the complete absence of any suggestive symptomatic or radiologic change and, in some cases, even through the antigenic marker HLA-B27 may be absent

  20. Scintigraphy of sacroliac joints in acute anterior uveitis. A study of thirty patients

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    Russell, A.S.; Lentle, B.C.; Percy, J.S.; Jackson, F.I.

    1976-11-01

    HLA-B27 is a transplantation antigen found in a high proportion of patients with ankylosing spondylitis. Recently, an association has been shown to exist between HLA-B27 and acute uveitis, even in the absence of ankylosing spondylitis. We have examined the HLA antigen profile of 45 patients with acute nongranulomatous anterior uveitis and have confirmed this relation. In addition, using 90m technetium stannous pyrophosphate we have been able to demonstrate abnormal bone scan in 19 of 30 patients studied. Such abnormalities are limited to the sacroiliac joints but are otherwise the same as those seen in overt ankylosing spondylitis. Seven of the 19 patients did not have HLA-B27. These factors suggest that acute anterior uveitis may often represent a manifestation of a spondylitic diathesis even in the complete absence of any suggestive symptomatic or radiologic change and, in some cases, even through the antigenic marker HLA-B27 may be absent.

  1. Early literacy

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    Jensen, Anders Skriver

    2012-01-01

    This paper discusses findings from the Danish contribution to the EASE project, a European research project running from 2008 to 2010 on early literacy in relation to the transition from childcare to school. It explores a holistic, inclusive approach to early literacy that resists a narrow, accountability-oriented Danish policy (mirroring international trends). The paper draws on Brostro ?m’s (2006a, 2006b, 2008, 2009) re-conceptualization of early childhood education and care (ECEC), which conc...

  2. ASDAS, BASDAI and different treatment responses and their relation to biomarkers of inflammation, cartilage and bone turnover in patients with axial spondyloarthritis treated with TNF{alpha} inhibitors

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    Pedersen, Susanne Juhl; SØrensen, Inge Juul

    2011-01-01

    To investigate the relation between ankylosing spondylitis disease activity score (ASDAS), Bath ankylosing spondylitis disease activity index (BASDAI) and treatment response and biomarkers of inflammation (C-reactive protein (CRP), interleukin-6 (IL-6), YKL-40), angiogenesis (vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)), cartilage (C-terminal crosslinking telopeptide of type II collagen (CTX-II), matrix metalloproteinase-3 (MMP-3), total aggrecan, cartilage oligomeric matrix protein) and bone (C-terminal crosslinking telopeptide of type I collagen, osteocalcin) turnover in 60 patients with axial spondyloarthritis initiating tumour necrosis factor alpha (TNF?) inhibitor therapy.

  3. ASDAS, BASDAI and different treatment responses and their relation to biomarkers of inflammation, cartilage and bone turnover in patients with axial spondyloarthritis treated with TNF? inhibitors

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    Pedersen, Susanne Juhl; SØrensen, Inge Juul

    2011-01-01

    To investigate the relation between ankylosing spondylitis disease activity score (ASDAS), Bath ankylosing spondylitis disease activity index (BASDAI) and treatment response and biomarkers of inflammation (C-reactive protein (CRP), interleukin-6 (IL-6), YKL-40), angiogenesis (vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)), cartilage (C-terminal crosslinking telopeptide of type II collagen (CTX-II), matrix metalloproteinase-3 (MMP-3), total aggrecan, cartilage oligomeric matrix protein) and bone (C-terminal crosslinking telopeptide of type I collagen, osteocalcin) turnover in 60 patients with axial spondyloarthritis initiating tumour necrosis factor alpha (TNF?) inhibitor therapy.

  4. Association scan of 14,500 nonsynonymous SNPs in four diseases identifies autoimmunity variants.

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    Clayton, DG; Craddock, N; Duncanson, A.; Kwiatkowski, DP; Samani, NJ; Todd, JA; Evans, DM; Marchini, JL; Spencer, CC; Boorman, JP; Knight, AS; Koch, K.; Nutland, S; Prowse, CV; Stevens, HE

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    We have genotyped 14,436 nonsynonymous SNPs (nsSNPs) and 897 major histocompatibility complex (MHC) tag SNPs from 1,000 independent cases of ankylosing spondylitis (AS), autoimmune thyroid disease (AITD), multiple sclerosis (MS) and breast cancer (BC). Comparing these data against a common control dataset derived from 1,500 randomly selected healthy British individuals, we report initial association and independent replication in a North American sample of two new loci related to ankylosing s...

  5. Classification criteria for spondyloarthropathies

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Spondyloarthropathies (SpA are a group of inflammatory arthritis which consist of ankylosing spondylitis (AS, reactive arthritis, arthritis/spondylitis associated with psoriasis (PsA, and arthritis/spondylitis associated with inflammatory bowel diseases. It is now more important than ever to diagnose and treat SpA early. New therapeutic agents including blockers of tumor necrosis factor have yielded tremendous responses not only in advanced disease but also in the early stages of the disease. Sacroiliitis on conventional radiography is the result of structural changes which may appear late in the disease process. However, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI can visualize active inflammation at sacroiliac joints and spine in recent onset disease. The modified New York criteria, the European Spondyloarthropathy Study Group criteria and the Amor criteria do not include advanced imaging techniques like MRI which is very sensitive to the early Inflammatory changes. Assessment of SpondyloArthritis international Society has defined MRI methods for the assessment of sacroiliac joints and spine, criteria for inflammatory back pain and developed new criteria for classification of axial and peripheral spondyloarthritis. These new criteria are intended to be used for patients with SpA at the very early stage of their disease. Also, classification of psoriatic arthritis study group developed criteria for the classification of PsA. The widespread use of these criteria in clinical trials will provide evidence for a better definition of early disease and recognize many patients who may further develop classical AS or PsA. These efforts will guide therapeutic trials of potent drugs like biological agents in the early stage of these diseases.

  6. Value of contrast-enhanced ultrasound in rheumatoid arthritis

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    Zordo, Tobias de; Mlekusch, Sabine P.; Feuchtner, Gudrun M. [Department of Radiology II, Medical University Innsbruck, Anichstrasse 35, 6020 Innsbruck (Austria); Mur, Erich [Department of Internal Medicine, Medical University Innsbruck, Anichstrasse 35, 6020 Innsbruck (Austria); Schirmer, Michael [Department of Internal Medicine, Hospital of the Elisabethines Klagenfurt, Voelkermarkter Strasse 15-19, 9020 Klagenfurt (Austria); Klauser, Andrea S. [Department of Radiology II, Medical University Innsbruck, Anichstrasse 35, 6020 Innsbruck (Austria)], E-mail: andrea.klauser@i-med.ac.at

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    The purpose of this review is to describe the spectrum of sonographic findings in rheumatic diseases with respect to the diagnostic potential using US contrast media which prove activity or inactivity in synovial tissue where new treatment regimes target. Synovial activity can be found in non-erosive and erosive forms of primary and secondary osteoarthritis, and in inflammatory forms of joint diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and peripheral manifestations of spondyloarthritis including, ankylosing spondylitis, Reiter's syndrome, psoriatic arthritis and enteropathic arthritis. It can also be present in metabolic and endocrine forms of arthritis, in connective tissue arthropathies like systemic lupus erythematosus or scleroderma and in infectious arthritis. Ultrasound should be used as first-line imaging modality in suspected early cases of RA and other forms of arthritis, whereas contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) can further enable for sensitive assessment of vascularity which correlates with disease activity.

  7. Value of contrast-enhanced ultrasound in rheumatoid arthritis

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    The purpose of this review is to describe the spectrum of sonographic findings in rheumatic diseases with respect to the diagnostic potential using US contrast media which prove activity or inactivity in synovial tissue where new treatment regimes target. Synovial activity can be found in non-erosive and erosive forms of primary and secondary osteoarthritis, and in inflammatory forms of joint diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and peripheral manifestations of spondyloarthritis including, ankylosing spondylitis, Reiter's syndrome, psoriatic arthritis and enteropathic arthritis. It can also be present in metabolic and endocrine forms of arthritis, in connective tissue arthropathies like systemic lupus erythematosus or scleroderma and in infectious arthritis. Ultrasound should be used as first-line imaging modality in suspected early cases of RA and other forms of arthritis, whereas contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) can further enable for sensitive assessment of vascularity which correlates with disease activity

  8. Joint diseases

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    The authors discuss how x-ray examination is essential in the diagnosis and evaluation of the arthritides. Most arthritides are first suspected by the clinician, and x-ray evaluation of these entities along with laboratory testing is important for confirmation of the clinical diagnosis and in staging of the disease process. Several arthritides are often diagnosed first by the podiatrist on x-ray evaluation, including pseudogout, ankylosing spondylitis, early rheumatoid arthritis, degenerative joint disease, and tuberculosis of bone. The joint responds to insult in only a limited number of ways that become apparent on x-ray. The soft tissues surrounding the joint, the articulating bones, and alignment of the joint space may all be involved by the arthritic process. On roentgenographic examination, the soft tissues must be examined for edema, masses, calcifications, and atrophy. The articulating bones must be examined for demineralization, erosions, osteophytes, periosteal reaction, cysts and sclerosis

  9. How early should psoriatic arthritis be treated with a TNF-blocker?

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    Harty, Leonard

    2012-02-01

    PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is the second most commonly identified inflammatory arthropathy in early arthritis clinics. It is a complex multisystem disease involving the skin and joints, but may also present with inflammation of the spine - spondylitis, digits - dactylitis, eyes - uveitis and ligamentous insertions - enthesitis. The skin manifestations may be mild or patchy and often precede the joint inflammation. Joint erosions, however, may occur within the first 2 years in up to half of PsA patients and an erosion rate of 11% per annum has been reported suggesting it is not a benign disease as it was once regarded. RECENT FINDINGS: Therapy with mild anti-inflammatories is only beneficial in very mild or localized disease. In cases of more widespread joint involvement systemic therapy with disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) such as methotrexate may be required and in the case of extra-articular or spinal disease, in which DMARDs have failed to show efficacy, biologic therapy may be highly effective. SUMMARY: The question of how early treatment should be instituted should be decided in a specialist rheumatology referral centre following appropriate assessment. Optimal therapy with combination DMARD and biologics may result in remission rates of up to 60%.

  10. Tuberculous spondylitis following BCG vaccination

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    A case of a rare form of BCG osteomyelitis in the spine is presented. After vaccination, the disease started with a lymphadenitis. Later an abscess extended from the pelvic along the psoas muscles into the retroperitoneum. The soft tissue mass extended paraspinally and epidural involvement was also apparent. The vertebral involvement was detected by CT. The radiological findings are discussed with reference to the literature. (orig.)

  11. Artropathies that produce osseous bridges

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    In this paper, it is reviewed the most common artropathies that are presented with osseous bridging, with emphasis in the radiological finding of the spine. Also, it's showed other different radiological finding that can help in the differential diagnosis of this disease, such us the sacroilitis in the ankylosing spondylitis or the osteolysis in the psoriatic arthritis

  12. The management of benign conditions

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    The author reviews in outline his experience with radiotherapy for the following benign conditions: ankylosing spondylitis, rheumatoid arthritis, relapsing polychondritis, minor musculoskeletal disorders, after hip-joint surgery ossification, polymyositis, menorrhagia, treatment of keloid, benign conditions of the cornea, haemangioma, epilation, herpes zoster, gynaecomastia, tuberculous lymph nodes, salivary fistula. (U.K.)

  13. How to prescribe physical exercise in rheumatology

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    Physical exercise, aiming to improve range of movement, muscle strength and physical well being, lately substituted the immobilization previously prescribed in rheumatic diseases. International guidelines, recommendations of Scientific Societies, and structured reviews regard physical exercise as of pivotal importance in treating rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia syndrome, osteoporosis, and to be considered in connective tissue diseases. Therapeutic ex...

  14. Phenomics in Autoimmune and Inflammatory Diseases

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    Healthy Volunteer; Rheumatoid Arthritis; Ankylosing Spondylitis; Systemic Lupus Erythematosus/Antiphospholipid Syndrome; FMF; Cryopyrin-Associated Periodic Syndromes /TNF-receptor Associated Periodic Syndrome; Vasculitis; Uveitis; Myositis; Crohn's Disease; Ulcerative Rectocolitis; Type 1 Diabetes; Unclassified IAD Knee and/or Hip Arthritis, Muscular Dystrophy

  15. Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis causing dysphagia

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    Radiographic, clinical and pathologic abnormalities of diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH) are presented. Definite criteria must be fulfilled to differentiate DISH from other diseases of the spine, especially intervertebral osteochondrosis and ankylosing spondylitis. A case of massive DISH in the cervical spine causing dysphagia is described. (orig.)

  16. Presentation of Ewing’s sarcoma as unilateral sacroiliitis

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    Balebail Gopalakrishna Dharmanand

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Presence of sacroiliitis (SI is one of the hallmarks for diagnosing seronegative spondyloarthropathy, especially ankylosing spondylitis. In certain cases, the occurrence of erosions around sacroiliac joint due to other causes can mislead the diagnosis. We are discussing here a rare case of Ewing’s sarcoma, which clinically presented as SI.

  17. Pseudoarthrosis and ankylosis of the vertebral spine without sacroiliitis associated with Takayasu's arteritis: review of the association

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    Schuetz, C.T.; Anderson, S.E. [Department of Diagnostic Radiology, University Hospital of Berne, Inselspital, 3010 Berne (Switzerland); Aeberli, D.; Oertle, S. [Department of Rheumatology, University Hospital of Berne, Inselspital, 3010 Berne (Switzerland)

    2002-09-01

    Pseudoarthrosis and ankylosis of the vertebral spine associated with Takayasu's arteritis is extremely rare. We present a patient with the entity who was HLA-B27 negative and had normal sacroiliac joints. The association between Takayasu's arteritis and ankylosing spondylitis appears real but seemingly rare. (orig.)

  18. Injuries of osteoarticular apparatus in case of collagenic diseases

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    Roentgenologic features of osteoarticular apparatus injuries in collagenic diseases are given. The roetgenologic picture of rheumatism, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, systemic lupus erythematosus, periarteritis nodosa and dermatomyositis is given; psoriatic joint injuries are considered for the roentgenologic picture of their injuries is similar to collagenic, and differential diagnosis should primarily deal with them

  19. Presentation of Ewing’s sarcoma as unilateral sacroiliitis

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    Presence of sacroiliitis (SI) is one of the hallmarks for diagnosing seronegative spondyloarthropathy, especially ankylosing spondylitis. In certain cases, the occurrence of erosions around sacroiliac joint due to other causes can mislead the diagnosis. We are discussing here a rare case of Ewing’s sarcoma, which clinically presented as SI.

  20. Spinal Ossification Due to Hypoparathyroidism: A Case Report

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    Orçun ALTUNÖREN

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available We present a 53-year-old female patient who was admitted for renal failure and where spinal ossification similar to ankylosing spondylitis was detected due to hypoparathyroidism. On physical examination, she had extreme inability to move her neck and waist, as in ankylosing spondylitis. X-Ray examination showed full-length paravertebral calcification and ossification but no sacroiliitis. She had a history of thyroidectomy 20 years ago. Laboratory examination revealed iPTH 3.3 pg/ml, Ca 4.4 mg/dl, P 5.0 mg/dl, Hb 8.9 gr/dl, Cr 6.7 mg/dl, and albumin 1.8 gr/dl. Idiopathic hypoparathyroidism may cause various musculoskeletal findings including ligamentous and tendinous ossification and soft tissue calcification. Ligament or entheseal ossifications may mimic or coexist with the radiological changes of diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperosteosis (DISH or ankylosing spondylitis. The diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis can be excluded in the absence of sacroiliitis. DISH is a musculoskeletal disorder, rarely seen before the age of 50, and is characterized by ossification of the anterior longitudinal ligament of the spine and various extraspinal ligaments. DISH is diagnosed with typical radiographic abnormalities such as anterior longitudinal ligament ossification and osteophytes on direct roentgenograms. In conclusion, hypoparathyroidism may cause various musculoskeletal findings and is usually diagnosed many years after its onset because of its nonspecific symptoms and DISH-like radiological features.

  1. A STUDY OF ENTHESITIS IN SPONDYLOARTHROPATHY IN PATIENTS FROM A TERTIARY CARE SERVICE HOSPITAL

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    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: The enthesis is defined as the site of insertion of a tendon, ligament, joint capsule, or fascia to bone. A variety of anatomical sites can be symptomatically affected in Spondyloarthropathy. The spectrum of Spondyloarthropathy consists of Primary Ankylosing spondylitis, Reiter's syndrome/ reactive arthritis, Psoriatic arthropathy and arthropathy associated with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. One of the pathologic hallmarks of the disease is entheseal involvement with insertional tendonitis at different locations. AIM: To study the distribution of involved enthesis in patients with spondyloarthropathy. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study group included 54 patients from diverse age groups and from different geographic areas in India and was carried out in a tertiary care service hospital. All these patients had historical evidence of sacroiliitis in the form of Inflammatory Back Pain and were diagnosed as Spondyloarthropathy according to ESSG criteria. RESULT: The male to female ratio in this study is 8.2:1. The distribution of enthesitis in our study showed a maximum incidence of heel and costosternal joint. The other enthesis involved were greater trochanter, anterior superior iliac spine and ischial tuberosity. MRI was compared against Plain radiography of Sacroiliac joints for detecting sacroiliitis changes. CONCLUSION: The disease expression has been considered different in males and females. The males with Ankylosing spondylitis have more often had radiological spinal changes and hip involvement than their female counterparts. MRI was compared against Plain radiography of Sacroiliac joints for detecting sacroiliitis changes. MRI was found to be better as compared to Plain radiography in detecting early sacroiliitis with a P value <0.05.

  2. Early Astronomy

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    Thurston, Hugh

    The earliest investigations that can be called scientific are concerned with the sky: they are the beginnings of astronomy. Many early civilizations produced astronomical texts, and several cultures that left no written records left monuments and artifacts-ranging from rock paintings to Stonehenge-that show a clear interest in astronomy. Civilizations in China, Mesopotamia, India and Greece had highly developed astronomies, and the astronomy of the Mayas was by no means negligible. Greek astronomy, as developed by the medieval Arab philosophers, evolved into the astronomy of Copernicus. This displaced the earth from the central stationary position that almost all earlier astronomies had assumed. Soon thereafter, in the first decades of the seventeenth century, Kepler found the true shape of the planetary orbits and Galileo introduced the telescope for astronomical observations.

  3. Early marriage and early motherhood in Nepal.

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    Choe, Minja Kim; Thapa, Shyam; Mishra, Vinod

    2005-03-01

    This paper examines age patterns of first marriage and motherhood and covariates of early marriage, delayed consummation of marriage and early motherhood in Nepal using data from the 2000 Nepal Adolescent and Young Adult Survey (NAYA). Both unmarried and married male and female youths (age 14-22) were included in the survey. The analysis is based on 2800 urban youths and 5075 rural youths with complete information on the variables examined. Proportional hazard models are used to estimate covariates of early marriage and early motherhood, and logistic regression models are used to estimate covariates of delayed consummation of marriage. The results show that early marriage and early motherhood are quite common among Nepalese women, especially in rural areas. Early marriage is much less common among men. Delayed consummation of marriage is common among very young brides, especially in rural areas. The main covariates associated with early marriage and early motherhood are respondent's education, region of residence and ethnicity. The main covariates of delayed consummation of marriage are age at first marriage, region of residence and ethnicity. The study highlights the need to focus on less educated female youths in the Terai region in order to reduce the reproductive and child health risks associated with early marriage and early childbearing. PMID:15768770

  4. Espondilitis tuberculosa en adultos: revisión de una serie de casos en un hospital de tercer nivel, Lima-Perú Tuberculous spondylitis in adults: a case series from a reference hospital in Lima, Peru

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    Manuel Castillo-Angeles

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Describimos las características clínicas y demográficas en pacientes adultos con espondilitis tuberculosa así como un análisis exploratorio que buscó establecer características que contribuyeron al desarrollo de esta enfermedad, en un hospital de tercer nivel de Lima. Realizamos un estudio tipo serie de casos y describimos 33 casos recolectados entre 1999-2009. 18 pacientes (55% fueron varones, la media de edad fue 31 años (IQ 23 a 51 años y un tiempo de enfermedad de 3 meses (IQ 1 a 8 meses. El principal síntoma fue lumbalgia en 28 (85%. Los segmentos más comprometidos fueron el torácico en 28 (60% casos y lumbar en 13 (28%. Tuberculosis pulmonar se encontró en 14 (42% casos. Veinticuatro (73% recibieron esquema I. La duración de tratamiento fue 10,5 ± 4,2 meses . Las características clínicas, diagnósticas fueron similares a series nacionales previas e internacionales.We describe the demographic and clinical characteristics of adult patients with tuberculous spondylitis as well as an exploratory analysis that seeked to establish patient characteristics that contributed to the development of this disorder at a reference hospital in Lima. This is a case-series descriptive study where data collection from 33 medical records of patients from 1999 to 2009 was done. Eighteen (55% were male. Median age was 31 years (IQR 23 to 51 years. Median time of symptoms was 3 months (IQR 1 to 8 months. The most frequent symptom was back pain in 28 (85%. The most frequently affected areas were the thoracic spine involved in 28 (60% cases and lumbar spine in 13 (28%. Pulmonary tuberculosis was present in fourteen (42% cases. Twenty four (73% patients received first line treatment. Treatment duration was 10.5 ± 4.2 months. Clinical and diagnostic characteristics were similar to previous Peruvian case reports and current literature.

  5. Espondilitis tuberculosa en adultos: revisión de una serie de casos en un hospital de tercer nivel, Lima-Perú / Tuberculous spondylitis in adults: a case series from a reference hospital in Lima, Peru

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    Manuel, Castillo-Angeles; Celso, De la Cruz Luque; Henry, Zelada; Ana Rosa, Vilela-Sangay; Frine, Samalvides; Germán, Málaga.

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Describimos las características clínicas y demográficas en pacientes adultos con espondilitis tuberculosa así como un análisis exploratorio que buscó establecer características que contribuyeron al desarrollo de esta enfermedad, en un hospital de tercer nivel de Lima. Realizamos un estudio tipo seri [...] e de casos y describimos 33 casos recolectados entre 1999-2009. 18 pacientes (55%) fueron varones, la media de edad fue 31 años (IQ 23 a 51 años) y un tiempo de enfermedad de 3 meses (IQ 1 a 8 meses). El principal síntoma fue lumbalgia en 28 (85%). Los segmentos más comprometidos fueron el torácico en 28 (60%) casos y lumbar en 13 (28%). Tuberculosis pulmonar se encontró en 14 (42%) casos. Veinticuatro (73%) recibieron esquema I. La duración de tratamiento fue 10,5 ± 4,2 meses . Las características clínicas, diagnósticas fueron similares a series nacionales previas e internacionales. Abstract in english We describe the demographic and clinical characteristics of adult patients with tuberculous spondylitis as well as an exploratory analysis that seeked to establish patient characteristics that contributed to the development of this disorder at a reference hospital in Lima. This is a case-series desc [...] riptive study where data collection from 33 medical records of patients from 1999 to 2009 was done. Eighteen (55%) were male. Median age was 31 years (IQR 23 to 51 years). Median time of symptoms was 3 months (IQR 1 to 8 months). The most frequent symptom was back pain in 28 (85%). The most frequently affected areas were the thoracic spine involved in 28 (60%) cases and lumbar spine in 13 (28%). Pulmonary tuberculosis was present in fourteen (42%) cases. Twenty four (73%) patients received first line treatment. Treatment duration was 10.5 ± 4.2 months. Clinical and diagnostic characteristics were similar to previous Peruvian case reports and current literature.

  6. Sacroiliitis detected by bone scintiscanning: a clinical, radiological, and scintigraphic follow-up study

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    Twenty-four patients had abnormal sacroiliac joints detected by quantitative sacroiliac scintigraphy but no radiological evidence of sacroiliitis on original investigation. They were studied again after intervals of 12 to 36 months. Four patients developed radiological change. Two young, HLA B27-positive men had undoubted ankylosing spondylitis, and a young woman had possible ankylosing spondylitis. A middle-aged man had changes that could be attributed to post-traumatic osteoarthrosis. Of the remaining 20 cases, 15 had symptoms and signs suggestive of inflammatory disease of the axial skeleton (and peripheral arthropathy in 5 cases). The sexes were affected equally (8 females, 7 Males), and only 2 of the 15 were B27-positive. The response to anti-inflammatory medication was generally good to excellent, and scintiscans tended to improve. Of the remaining 5 patients, 3 had mechanical or traumatic problems, and in 2 there was no explanation for the abnormal sacroiliac scintiscan. It is concluded that quantitative sacroiliac scintigraphy may detect ankylosing spondylitis prior to the development of radiological change and that it can identify an organic basis for backache in patients with a spondylitis-like syndrome. The clinical circumstances must be taken into account, as scintigraphic abnormalities are not diagnostic of any specific disease entity. (author)

  7. Early-Onset Alzheimer's

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    MENU Return to Web version Early-Onset Alzheimer’s What is early-onset Alzheimer’s disease? Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease is when Alzheimer’s affects a person younger than 65 years of age. People ...

  8. Early Transcendental Analysis

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    In Early Transcendentals (The American Mathematical Monthly, Vol. 104, No 7) Steven Weintraub presents a rigorous justifcation of the "early transcendental" calculus textbook approach to the exponential and logarithmic functions. However, he uses tools such as term-by-term differentiation of infinite series. We present a rigorous treatment of the early transcendental approach suitable for a first course in analysis, using mainly the supremum property of the real numbers.

  9. Prostate cancer early detection

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    Kawachi, MH; Bahnson, RR; Barry, M; Carroll, PR; Carter, HB; Catalona, WJ; Epstein, JI; Etzioni, RB; Hemstreet III, GP; Howe, RJ; Kopin, JD; Lange, PH; Lilja, H.; Mohler, J; Moul, J

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    Since the early 1990s when the ACS developed guidelines for the early detection of prostate cancer, many variants of the tPSA assay have been introduced to increase the sensitivity of screening programs (cancer detection) while maintaining specificity (elimination of unnecessary biopsies). Again, the NCCN guidelines recommend how individuals and their physicians can use these new methods rationally for the early detection of prostate cancer. These guidelines are not designed to provide an arg...

  10. Clinical and radiological evaluation of hybrid hip replacement in various disorders of hip

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    Full Text Available Background: High rates of loosening of cemented implants led to change in technique of fixation of the implant. Methods: Fifty-nine hips were operated in 42 patients with non-cemented acetabular and cemented femoral components between January 1999 and July 2003. The average age of the patient was 45.2 years in our study. Preoperative diagnosis was avascular necrosis (28, ankylosing spondylitis (18, fracture neck femur (9, rheumatoid arthritis (2 and osteoarthritis (2. Results: At an average follow up of 3.6 years (range 1.2-5.8 years excellent to good results were obtained 92% according to Harris hip criteria. No radiological loosening was noted in any femoral or acetabular component on follow up. One poor result was seen in a case of bilateral ankylosing spondylitis operated on one side. Conclusion: Hybrid THA provides a viable and highly acceptable method of treatment of diseases of hip in young patients.

  11. Determination of the uptake rates of the bone for 99m-Tc-methylendiphosphonate by means of gamma-camera-scintiscanning and checking its diagnostic value for various skeleton diseases

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    A model of uptake of labelled phosphate in the bones was used to derive a method of calculating the uptake rates for 99m-Tc-MDP. The precondition was the measurement of the change in radioactivity by means of a gamma camera within the lumbal part of the spine over 1 hour. The method was applied on 49 patients (7 with healthy bones, 6 cases of hyperparathyreoidism, 10 of osteoprosis, 9 cases of osteomalacia, 1 case of hypoparathyreoidism, 10 cases of ankylosing spondylitis, 6 tumours affecting the skeleton). Osteomalacia, ankylosing spondylitis, tumours, and, in 50% of the cases, hyperparathyreoidism could be differentiated from normal findings more significantly than using conventional scintiscanning. The author's expectations were met by the method. It is suitable for diagnosing metabolic osteopathis and controlling therapy in circumscribed bone foci. (orig.)

  12. The skin tissue is adversely affected by TNF-alpha blockers in patients with chronic inflammatory arthritis: a 5-year prospective analysis

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    Natalia P., Machado; Edgard Torres dos, Reis Neto; Maria Roberta M.P., Soares; Daniele S., Freitas; Adriana, Porro; Rozana M., Ciconelli; Marcelo M., Pinheiro.

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: We evaluated the incidence of and the main risk factors associated with cutaneous adverse events in patients with chronic inflammatory arthritis following anti-TNF-? therapy. METHODS: A total of 257 patients with active arthritis who were taking TNF-? blockers, including 158 patients w [...] ith rheumatoid arthritis, 87 with ankylosing spondylitis and 12 with psoriatic arthritis, were enrolled in a 5-year prospective analysis. Patients with overlapping or other rheumatic diseases were excluded. Anthropometric, socioeconomic, demographic and clinical data were evaluated, including the Disease Activity Score-28, Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index and Psoriasis Area Severity Index. Skin conditions were evaluated by two dermatology experts, and in doubtful cases, skin lesion biopsies were performed. Associations between adverse cutaneous events and clinical, demographic and epidemiological variables were determined using the chi-square test, and logistic regression analyses were performed to identify risk factors. The significance level was set at p

  13. GISEA: an Italian biological agents registry in rheumatology

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    Full Text Available The GISEA registry is an independent database that was established by the Italian Group for the Study of Early Arthritis (GISEA in 2008, funded by the Italian Association of Rheumatic Patients (ANMAR - ONLUS. In line with the network’s epidemiological strategy, the initial protocol was designed to collect long-term follow-up data concerning patients with rheumatic diseases treated with biological agents in order to investigate the realworld characteristics in terms of disease activity, comorbidities and survival on treatment. We here describe the design and methodology used to collect patient data. Information concerning demographics, disease activity, treatment changes (including the reasons for changing and the duration of each therapy, concomitant therapies and adverse events is available to all the members of the study groups by means of a web-based interface that allows queries and the presentation of numerical data, as well as graphics to illustrate trends. Fourteen Italian rheumatology centres have contributed patients to the database which, at the time writing, includes 5145 patients (72% women with a mean age of 53 years (range 16-88. The initial diagnoses were rheumatoid arthritis (3494 patients, 67.9%, psoriatic arthritis (833, 16.2%, ankylosing spondylitis (493, 9.6%, undifferentiated spondylo-arthritides (307, 5.9%, enteropathic arthritis (14, 0.3% and spondylitis following reactive arthritis (4, 0.1%. These patients have been followed for up to 10 years, and 1927 (35.8% have been treated for at least three years. The biological treatments received include etanercept, infliximab, anakinra, adalimumab, abatacept, rituximab and tocilizumab. A total of 2926 adverse events have been observed, with 1171 patients (22% reporting at least one. Analysis of the accumulated data will provide insights into the critical early phase of the studied arthritides, and enable us to identify the clinical and laboratory profiles that may predict responsiveness to a specific therapy.

  14. Early College High Schools

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    Dessoff, Alan

    2011-01-01

    For at-risk students who stand little chance of going to college, or even finishing high school, a growing number of districts have found a solution: Give them an early start in college while they still are in high school. The early college high school (ECHS) movement that began with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 10 years ago…

  15. Early Intervention in Vietnam

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    Hodes, Marja

    2007-01-01

    This essay describes the setting up of early intervention services in Vietnam. From the outset, there was a focus on developing staff training programmes alongside establishing model early intervention programmes to ensure that the work would be sustained at the end of the project funding and spread throughout the country. The success of this work…

  16. Biomarkers in rheumatic diseases: how can they facilitate diagnosis and assessment of disease activity?

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    Mohan, Chandra; Assassi, Shervin

    2015-01-01

    Serological and proteomic biomarkers can help clinicians diagnose rheumatic diseases earlier and assess disease activity more accurately. These markers have been incorporated into the recently revised classification criteria of several diseases to enable early diagnosis and timely initiation of treatment. Furthermore, they also facilitate more accurate subclassification and more focused monitoring for the detection of certain disease manifestations, such as lung and renal involvement. These biomarkers can also make the assessment of disease activity and treatment response more reliable. Simultaneously, several new serological and proteomic biomarkers have become available in the routine clinical setting-for example, a protein biomarker panel for rheumatoid arthritis and a myositis antibody panel for dermatomyositis and polymyositis. This review will focus on commercially available antibody and proteomic biomarkers in rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, systemic sclerosis (scleroderma), dermatomyositis and polymyositis, and axial spondyloarthritis (including ankylosing spondylitis). It will discuss how these markers can facilitate early diagnosis as well as more accurate subclassification and assessment of disease activity in the clinical setting. The ultimate goal of current and future biomarkers in rheumatic diseases is to enable early detection of these diseases and their clinical manifestations, and to provide effective monitoring and treatment regimens that are tailored to each patient's needs and prognosis. PMID:26612523

  17. Magnetic resonance imaging of sacroiliitis in patients with spondyloarthritis. Correlation with anatomy and histology

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    Hermann, K.G.A. [Charite Medical School, Campus Mitte, Berlin (Germany). Dept. of Radiology; Bollow, M. [Augusta Hospital, Bochum (Germany). Dept. of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology and Nuclear Medicine

    2014-03-15

    Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the sacroiliac joints (SIJs) has become established as a valuable modality for the early diagnosis of sacroiliitis in patients with inconclusive radiographic findings. Positive MRI findings have the same significance as a positive test for HLA-B27. Sacroiliitis is one of the key features of axial spondyloarthritis (SpA) in the classification proposed by the Assessments in Ankylosing Spondylitis (ASAS) group. Early signs of sacroiliitis include enthesitis of articular fibrocartilage, capsulitis, and osteitis. In more advanced disease, structural (chronic) lesions will be visible, including periarticular fatty deposition, erosions, subchondral sclerosis, and transarticular bone buds and bridges. In this article we describe magnetic resonance (MR) findings and provide histologic biopsy specimens of the respective disease stages. The predominant histologic feature of early and active sacroiliitis is the destruction of cartilage and bone by proliferations consisting of fibroblasts and fibrocytes, T-cells, and macrophages. Advanced sacroiliitis is characterized by new bone formation with enclosed cartilaginous islands and residual cellular infiltrations, which may ultimately lead to complete ankylosis. Knowledge of the morphologic appearance of the sacroiliac joints and their abnormal microscopic and gross anatomy is helpful in correctly interpreting MR findings. (orig.)

  18. Progressive cauda equina syndrome and extensive calification/ossification of the lumbosacral meninges

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    Rotés-Querol, J; Tolosa, E.; Roselló, R.; Granados, J.

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    A patient with longstanding ankylosing spondylitis (AS) developed a cauda equina syndrome. The myelogram showed a block at the L2 level. Vertebral computerised tomography showed calcification in the centre of the spinal canal. The patient also had features suggestive of a diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH). Meningeal calcification has never been reported in AS, so we suggest that this is related to an associated DISH. Cauda equina syndrome has not been described in DISH, and calc...

  19. Immunogenetic Markers in Rheumatic Diseases

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    Martin, L.; Fritzler, M.J.

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    Certain genetic markers in the major histocompatibility complex have been associated with increased risk of developing ankylosing spondylitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and systemic lupus erythematosus. These markers, however, do not appear in all patients with these diseases, suggesting that other gene products or environmental factors may play a role in disease expression. Current investigations using monoclonal antibody and peptide mapping techniques suggest that many gene products share simil...

  20. Axial spondyloarthritis: is there a treatment of choice?

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    Poddubnyy, Denis

    2013-01-01

    Axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA) is a chronic inflammatory disease predominantly affecting the axial skeleton (sacroiliac joints and spine). Nonradiographic axSpA (axSpA without radiographic sacroiliitis) and ankylosing spondylitis (AS; radiographic form of axSpA) are considered nowadays as two consecutive stages of one disease. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are highly effective against the major symptoms of axSpA (pain and stiffness) and may have disease-modifying properties i...

  1. Diagnostic utility of candidate definitions for a positive MRI of the spine in patients with axial spondyloarthritis

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    Weber, Ulrich; Zhao, Zheng; Rufibach, Kaspar; Zubler, Veronika; Lambert, Robert G W; Chan, Stanley M; Østergaard, Mikkel; Pedersen, Susanne J; Maksymowych, Walter P

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    Objective: A recent consensus statement suggested ?3 corner inflammatory (CIL) or several corner fatty lesions (CFL) as candidate criteria for a positive spine MRI in axial spondyloarthritis. We aimed to evaluate the diagnostic utility of these cut-offs in non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis (nr-axSpA) and ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Methods: 130 consecutive back pain patients ?50 years newly referred to 2 university clinics (cohorts A/B) were classified according to rheumatologist expert ...

  2. Quantitative analysis of the anterolateral ossification mass in diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis of the thoracic spine

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    Verlaan, J. J.; Westerveld, L. A.; van Keulen, J. W.; Bleys, R.L.A.W.; Dhert, W. J.; J. A. van Herwaarden; Moll, F. L.; Oner, F.C.

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    Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH) is a systemic condition leading to ossification of spinal ligaments and has been shown to behave similarly to ankylosing spondylitis (AS) often leading to unstable hyperextension fractures. Currently, no quantitative data are available on the spatial relationship between the bridging anterolateral ossification mass (ALOM) and the vertebral body/intervertebral disc to explain the propensity in DISH to fracture through the vertebral body instead o...

  3. The active form of MMP-3 is a marker of synovial inflammation and cartilage turnover in inflammatory joint diseases

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    Sun, Shu; Bay-Jensen, Anne-Christine; Karsdal, Morten A; Siebuhr, Anne Sofie; Zheng, Qinlong; Maksymowych, Walter P; Christiansen, Thorbjørn G; Henriksen, Kim

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Matrix metalloproteinase-3 (MMP-3) plays an important role in the pathology of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Measurement of active MMP-3 in clinical samples could provide information about progression of rheumatoid diseases, and potentially response to treatment. Hence, we aimed to develop a sensitive assay specifically measuring the active form of MMP-3 (act-MMP-3) both in ex vivo models and in human sera. METHODS: A monoclonal antibody against the first...

  4. Perspectives on autoimmunity

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    Cohen, I.R.

    1987-01-01

    The contents of this book are: HLA and Autoimmunity; Self-Recognition and Symmetry in the Immune System; Immunology of Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus; Multiple Sclerosis; Autoimmunity and Immune Pathological Aspects of Virus Disease; Analyses of the Idiotypes and Ligand Binding Characteristics of Human Monoclonal Autoantibodies to DNA: Do We Understand Better Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. Autoimmunity and Rheumatic Fever; Autoimmune Arthritis Induced by Immunization to Mycobacterial Antigens; and The Interaction Between Genetic Factors and Micro-Organisms in Ankylosing Spondylitis: Facts and Fiction.

  5. Golimumab: A Novel Anti-Tumor Necrosis Factor

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    Rossini, Maurizio; Vita, Salvatore De; Ferri, Clodoveo; Govoni, Marcello; Paolazzi, Giuseppe; Salvarani, Carlo; Adami, Silvano

    2013-01-01

    Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriatic arthritis (PsA), and ankylosing spondylitis (AS) are chronic immune-mediated rheumatic diseases that cause joint destruction and/or ankylosis, with resulting disability and diminished quality of life. Golimumab is the first human monoclonal antibody to tumor necrosis factor (TNF) administered monthly by subcutaneous injection. It is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration and by the European Medicines Agency for the treatment of RA, PsA, and AS. It...

  6. Radioisotope binding capacity of serum for folic acid, vitamin B12 and ferritin in hematologic and rheumatologic patients

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    Folic acid, vitamin B12 and ferritin levels were determined by radioimmunoassay in patients suffering from hemic and rheumatic diseases, resp. Compared to the controls the folic acid levels were lower in some cases, the deficiency of folic acid absorption and distribution possibly being caused by the disease. Vitamin B12 was only slightly decreased. In ankylosing spondylitis the transferrin level was similar to that of the controls, but in rheumatoid arthritis and in patients suffering from various diseases it was increased

  7. Absence of Escherichia coli, Listeria monocytogenes, and Klebsiella pneumoniae antigens within inflammatory bowel disease tissues.

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    Walmsley, R S; Anthony, A.; Sim, R; Pounder, R E; Wakefield, A J

    1998-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Escherichia coli, listeria, and streptococcal antigens have been found in Crohn's disease tissues. Antibodies to Klebsiella pneumoniae have been found in patients with inflammatory bowel disease and ankylosing spondylitis. The presence of these bacterial antigens in Crohn's granulomas would be of aetiological interest, while their presence in ulcers alone would be more likely to indicate secondary infection. AIM: To investigate inflammatory bowel disease tissues for the presence o...

  8. Selective IgA deficiency and spondyloarthropathy: a distinct disease?

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    Herrero-Beaumont, G; Armas, J B; Elswood, J; Will, R K; CALIN, A

    1990-01-01

    A woman with selective IgA deficiency and severe ankylosing spondylitis (AS), complicated by intractable peripheral arthritis, is described. Three previous cases of selective IgA deficiency and AS have been reported, all of whom had severe AS. It is suggested that selective IgA deficiency is a poor prognostic factor in AS and therefore warrants further investigation to determine the clinical course of such patients.

  9. Acceleration of coxarthrosis by an exostosis causing femoroacetabular impingement

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    Murat Arikan; Burcu Yanik; Mahmut Nedim Aytekin; Hakan Atalar

    2010-01-01

    Here we describe a 28-year-old man with a history of right hip pain for the past 11 years and ankylosing spondylitis for the past 6 months. Imaging studies showed an exostosis in the femoral neck causing femoroacetabular imping- ement. The patient was diagnosed with coxar- throsis. This case report suggests that femoro- acetabular impingement may accelerate the degenerative process in the hip joint.

  10. Antiinflammatory activity of tenoxicam gel on carrageenan-induced paw oedema in rats

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    Gupta G.; Gaud R

    2006-01-01

    Tenoxicam is a nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug, used in the treatment of inflammatory and degenerative disorders of the musculoskeletal system. It is from the oxicam group of nonsteroidal antiinflammatory agents. It is widely prescribed for the treatment of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, gout, extra-articular disorders, bursitis, tendonitis, and nonarticular rheumatic condition. Tenoxicam has some side effects when taken orally, viz., epigastric pain, heartbu...

  11. Preliminary evaluation of learning via the AI/LEARN/Rheumatology interactive videodisc system.

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    Mitchell, J.A.; Bridges, A. J.; Reid, J C; Cutts, J. H.; Hazelwood, S; Sharp, G.C.

    1992-01-01

    AI/LEARN/Rheumatology is a level three videodisc system to teach clinical observational skills in three important diseases: rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis. The AI/LEARN software was developed on an independent authoring system called GALE designed for MS-DOS based computers. The purpose of this paper is to present preliminary data about the efficacy of teaching by the use of an interactive videodisc system as evaluated by examinations centered upon disease-or...

  12. Spondylosclerosis hemispherica

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    Dihlmann, W.; Delling, G.

    1983-05-01

    We have observed 87 cases of spondylosclerosis hemispherica. This lesion has a multiple aetiology, including bacterial causes (florid or low grade infections), stress due to scoliosis, ankylosing spondylitis, dorsal disc prolapse or diffuse disc degeneration. In the majority of cases it is possible to ascertain the aetiology from a consideration of the clinical and serological findings, together with ordinary radiography, conventional tomography or computed tomography. Appropriate treatment can then be given.

  13. Spondylosclerosis hemispherica

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    We have observed 87 cases of spondylosclerosis hemispherica. This lesion has a multiple aetiology, including bacterial causes (florid or low grade infections), stress due to scoliosis, ankylosing spondylitis, dorsal disc prolapse or diffuse disc degeneration. In the majority of cases it is possible to ascertain the aetiology from a consideration of the clinical and serological findings, together with ordinary radiography, conventional tomography or computed tomography. Appropriate treatment can then be given. (orig.)

  14. Reduced incidence of alcohol related deaths in subjects with rheumatoid arthritis

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    Myllykangas-Luosu..., R.; Aho, K.; Kautiainen, H; Hakala, M.

    2000-01-01

    OBJECTIVES—It has previously been shown that people with ankylosing spondylitis have an increased incidence of alcohol related deaths from accidents and violence. This study investigated alcohol related deaths in subjects with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).?METHODS—The study covered the subjects, 1666 in number, who had died in 1989 and had been entitled under the nationwide sickness insurance scheme to receive specially reimbursed medication for RA.?RESULTS—There were eight alcohol related death...

  15. The seminal role played by Pierre Marie in Neurology and Internal Medicine

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    Gustavo M Almeida

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available The authors review the most important contributions of Pierre Marie to the elucidation and description of several neurological diseases, such as Charcot-Marie-Tooth’s disease and hereditary cerebellar ataxia, as well as his contributions to Internal Medicine, including his pioneering studies on acromegaly, ankylosing spondylitis, and hypertrophic pulmonary osteoarthropathy. His works led to incontestable advances in the medical sciences that transcended his time.

  16. Role of intraoperative Iso-C based navigation in challenging spine trauma

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    Jaiswal Ashish; Shetty Ajoy; Rajasekaran S

    2007-01-01

    Background: Pedicle screw fixation is the most preferred method of stabilizing unstable spinal fractures. Pedicle screw placement may be difficult in presence of fractured posterior elements, deformed spine, gross instability and spinal pathology. Challenging spine-fracture fixation is defined as the presence of one or more of the following: 1) obscured topographical landmarks as in ankylosing spondylitis, 2) fractures in occipitocervical or cervicothoracic regions and 3) preexisting altered...

  17. Spondyloarthritis: Clinical Suspicion, Diagnosis, and Sports

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    Harper, Brock E.; Reveille, John D.

    2009-01-01

    Spondyloarthritis (SpA), a family of inflammatory back diseases including ankylosing spondylitis, is an important and underrecognized cause of chronic back pain in younger patients who are likely to participate in sports and athletic activities. These diseases are characterized by the presence of inflammatory back pain – lumbar or buttock/hip pain lasting longer than 3 months associated with improvement with activity, worsening with rest, relief with NSAIDs, and morning stiffness lasting long...

  18. Osteoid Osteoma of the Iliac Bone Associated with Bilateral Sacroiliitis: A Case Report

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    Alptekin Tosun; Bilgehan Tosun

    2010-01-01

    Osteoid osteoma is one of the infrequent causes of musculoskeletal pain. Rheumatic diseases such as ankylosing spondylitis are considered especially in cases of bilateral sacroiliitis. An association between these diseases is uncommon. Since both osteoid osteoma and sacroliitis response well to antiinflammatory therapy, radiological investigations, such as computed tomography (CT), have a significant role in diagnosis due to its superiority in visualizing the osseous tissue. Thus, this ra...

  19. Cancer risks from internally deposited radium and thorotrast

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    Elevated risks for specific types of cancer were reviewed for three populations irradiated internally by alpha-emitters: (a) German patients injected with short-lived 224Ra for the treatment of tuberculosis or ankylosing spondylitis; (b) American and British watch-dial luminizers who ingested long-lived 226Ra or 228Ra and (c) patients injected with colloidal thorium dioxide (Thorostrast) as a contrast material for diagnostic X-ray examination. (author)

  20. Efficacy and tolerability of naproxen/esomeprazole magnesium tablets compared with non-specific NSAIDs and COX-2 inhibitors: a systematic review and network analyses

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    Datto C; Hellmund R; Siddiqui MK

    2013-01-01

    Catherine Datto,1 Richard Hellmund,1 Mohd Kashif Siddiqui21AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Wilmington, DE, USA; 2HERON PVT India, Chandigarh, UT, IndiaAbstract: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as non-selective NSAIDs (nsNSAIDs) or selective cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) inhibitors, are commonly prescribed for arthritic pain relief in patients with osteoarthritis (OA), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), or ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Treatment guidelines for chronic NSAID therapy incl...

  1. The nonspecific inhibitory effect of synovial tissue extracts on leucocyte migration in vitro.

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    Morgan, J. E.; Hall, N D; Collins, A J; Bacon, P.A.

    1980-01-01

    The leucocyte migration inhibition test (LMT) has been used to search for specific antigens in rheumatoid synovial tissue. Synovial samples were collected from 20 patients with rheumatoid arthritis, from 1 patient with ankylosing spondylitis, and from 1 patient with pigmented villonodular synovitis. Inhibitory material was obtained from all 21 synovia with inflammatory disease but not from the noninflammatory synovium. The tissue extracts generally caused nonspecific migration inhibition when...

  2. Physical activity and health perception in inflammatory joint disease : A physiotherapy perspective

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    Brodin, Nina

    2008-01-01

    Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are inflammatory joint diseases, both leading to disability and reduced health. Physical activity is a powerful health measure and physiotherapists have an important role in its initiation and implementation among patients with inflammatory joint disease. However, more knowledge is needed of the characteristics of those patients in most need of support and the efficiency of physical activity interventions. The aims...

  3. A common assessment tool in inflammatory rheumatisms

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    Dan Neme?; Mihai Dr?goi; Poenaru, Dan V; R?zvan Dr?goi; Elena Amaric?i; Daniel Popa; Oana Suciu; Diana Andrei; Octavian Cre?u; Crina Gruin

    2010-01-01

    Aims: Once the biologic therapies have been used, the present-day medicine trend is to homogenize the treatment of the inflammatory autoimmune rheumatic diseases, meaning rheumatoid arthritis (RA), ankylosing spondylitis (AS), psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). But, there is still the need to find out a common assessment instrument for this pathology.Methods:The study included 120 patients (40 patients with RA, 40 patients with AS, 20 patients with PsA and 20 pa...

  4. Willingness to accept risk in the treatment of rheumatic disease.

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    O'Brien, B.J.; Elswood, J; CALIN, A

    1990-01-01

    STUDY OBJECTIVE--The aim was to assess patients willingness to accept mortal risk in the drug treatment of chronic rheumatic disease. DESIGN--A non-random sample of consecutive patients were interviewed with a standardised survey instrument. SETTING--The study took place in the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases, Bath, UK. PATIENTS--100 consecutive in- and out-patients aged 65 or less were interviewed, 50 with rheumatoid arthritis and 50 with ankylosing spondylitis. Mean age was 4...

  5. Etanercept-induced cystic acne.

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    Kashat, Maria; Caretti, Katherine; Kado, Jessica

    2014-07-01

    Tumor necrosis factor ? antagonists are potent biologics used to treat a variety of autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, Crohn disease, psoriasis, and psoriatic arthritis. These medications are known to have many side effects (eg, infusion reactions, cytopenia, risk for infection, heart failure); however, only a few cases of acne vulgaris have been associated with the use of these biologics, particularly infliximab and adalimumab. We report a rare case of etanercept-induced cystic acne. PMID:25101341

  6. [Juvenile rheumatoid artritis (a single or various diseases?].

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    Frati Munari, A C; Criollos Torres, O; Flores Suárez, R E

    1977-01-01

    Some characteristics of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis that appeared in recent literature have led us to think that it can be divided into the following four groups: I. Seronegative poliarthritis, with more or less systemic symptoms. With the same characteristics it may appear in adulthood. II. Seropositive poliarthritis, identical to the adult rheumatoid arthritis. III. B-27 negative oligoarthritis, complicated frequently with chronic uveitis and autolimited course. IV. B-27 positive oligoarthritis evolving to ankylosing spondylitis. These groups may represent different diseases. PMID:911449

  7. Early Mesozoic basin aquifers

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — This data set represents the extent of the Early Mesozoic basin aquifers in the states of Massachusettes, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland,...

  8. Overview of Early Intervention

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    ... eligible babies and toddlers learn the basic and brand-new skills that typically develop during the first ... Services in Natural Environments Transition to Preschool Public Awareness & the Referral System Early Intervention, Then and Now ...

  9. Early Diagnosis, Timely Treatment

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    Full Text Available ... glaucoma is detected early you have a very good chance of receiving proper treatment and care to ... to maintain nearly 20/20 vision in his good eye, allowing him to enjoy a comfortable retirement. ...

  10. Early Head Start Evaluation

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — Longitudinal information from an evaluation where children were randomly assigned to Early Head Start or community services as usual;direct assessments and...

  11. Early Diagnosis, Timely Treatment

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    Full Text Available ... is detected early you have a very good chance of receiving proper treatment and care to the point where vision loss is minimized. Your chances of going blind are very low if you' ...

  12. Biomarcadores en espondiloartropatías / Biomarkers for spondyloarthropathies. State of the art

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    CONSUELO, ROMERO-SÁNCHEZ; JOHN, LONDOÑO; JULIETTE, DE AVILA; RAFAEL, VALLE-OÑATE.

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available [...] Abstract in english Among rheumatic diseases and specifically spondyloarthropathies (SpA), the study of biomarkers, defined as molecules that reflect either biologic or specific pathological process, is an important and necessary area in basic and clinical research, being a consequence or the response of an interventio [...] n. Other markers provide information about the pathogenesis of this disease. Recently, HLA-B27 has been used as diagnostic criteria to detect SpA. Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index (BASDAI) and Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Functional Index (BASFI) are clinical scores used to assess disease activity. A new activity index, Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Score (ASDAS) considers erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) and C-reactive protein (CRP) as biomarkers. This review describes the state of the art of research on SpA biomarkers. There are promising new candidates as biomarkers such as metallopro-teinase 3, Type II collagen neoepitopes (C2C and C1-2C), C-propeptide of Type II collagen (CPII), aggrecan 846 epitope, macrophage colony stimulating factor, serum amyloid A protein and interleukin-6, among others.

  13. TNF-alpha inhibitors: Current indications

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    Sharma Rashmi

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Advances in the DNA hybrid technology led to the development of various biologicals that specifically target TNF-?. There are currently three anti- TNF- ? drugs available- etanercept, infliximab and adalimumab. Etanercept is approved by FDA for rheumatoid arthritis (RA in 2000 followed by its approval for ankylosing spondylitis, psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Infliximab and adalimumab are approved by FDA in 2002 for RA. Infliximab is also approved for ankylosing spondylitis, psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, crohn?s disease and ulcerative colitis and adalimumab for psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis. Other conditions like bronchial asthma, diabetes mellitus, malignancies, septic shock, behcet?s disease, bullous dermatitis, neutrophilic dermatitis, toxic epidermal necrolysis, systemic vasculitis, pyoderma gangrenosum, pustular dermatitis, alcoholic hepatitis, cerebral malaria, hemolytic uremic syndrome, pre-eclampsia, allograft rejection, uveitis, otitis media, snakebite, erythema nodosum, myelodysplastic syndromes, graft versus host disease, dermatomyositis and polymyositis are the potential targets for anti-TNF- ? therapy. There are resent reports of serious infections like tuberculosis with the use of anti-TNF therapy. In developing country like India these agents should be used with strict pharmaco-vigilance and chemo-prophylaxis for tuberculosis.

  14. Safety and clinical efficacy of golimumab in the treatment of arthritides

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    Ismail Simsek

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Ismail Simsek, Yusuf YaziciNew York University School of Medicine, NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases, New York, USAAbstract: Golimumab is a human anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF-alpha monoclonal antibody that was recently approved for the treatment of patients with rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis. This review covers the published clinical trial data on the use of golimumab for the approved indications mentioned above with respect to efficacy and safety. The various ongoing trials for golimumab have yielded promising results in terms of efficacy and safety in methotrexate-naive and -resistant patients with rheumatoid arthritis, as well as in patients who were previously treated with other anti-TNF agents. In addition, the efficacy of golimumab in psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis has also been demonstrated. The real safety information will be available only once the drug has been used in many more patients, who frequently have comorbid conditions.Keywords: arthritis, rheumatoid, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis

  15. Diversification of early ferns

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    Galtier, Jean; Scott, Andrew C.

    1985-01-01

    A review of current knowledge of early fern evolution is presented including new data on age, morphology and anatomy with two diagrams summarising the early diversification of cauline and foliar anatomy and of the reproductive structures. The relationships and even the attribution of some Devonian taxa to the ferns is questioned whilst most of the Carboniferous coenopterids are considered indisputable ferns, some of them being related to modern filicaleans. The discovery, in the Lower Carboni...

  16. Early-replicating heterochromatin

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    Kim, Soo-Mi; Dubey, Dharani D; Joel A Huberman

    2003-01-01

    Euchromatin, which has an open structure and is frequently transcribed, tends to replicate in early S phase. Heterochromatin, which is more condensed and rarely transcribed, usually replicates in late S phase. Here, we report significant deviation from this correlation in the fission yeast, Schizosaccharomyces pombe. We found that heterochromatic centromeres and silent mating-type cassettes replicate in early S phase. Only heterochromatic telomeres replicate in late S phase. Research in other...

  17. The early universe

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    Kolb, Edward W

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    The Early Universe has become the standard reference on forefront topics in cosmology, particularly to the early history of the Universe. Subjects covered include primordial nubleosynthesis, baryogenesis, phases transitions, inflation, dark matter, and galaxy formation, relics such as axions, neutrinos and monopoles, and speculations about the Universe at the Planck time. The book includes more than ninety figures as well as a five-page update discussing recent developments such as the COBE results.

  18. Early Islamic Syria

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    Walmsley, Alan

    2013-01-01

    After more than a century of neglect, a profound revolution is occurring in the way archaeology addresses and interprets developments in the social history of early Islamic Syria-Palestine. This concise book offers an innovative assessment of social and economic developments in Syria-Palestine shortly before, and in the two centuries after, the Islamic expansion (the later sixth to the early ninth century AD), drawing on a wide range of new evidence from recent archaeological work. Alan Walmsley...

  19. Early Prediction of Preeclampsia

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    Poon, Leona C.; Nicolaides, Kypros H

    2014-01-01

    Effective screening for the development of early onset preeclampsia (PE) can be provided in the first-trimester of pregnancy. Screening by a combination of maternal risk factors, uterine artery Doppler, mean arterial pressure, maternal serum pregnancy-associated plasma protein-A, and placental growth factor can identify about 95% of cases of early onset PE for a false-positive rate of 10%.

  20. Introduction to "Early psychosis

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    McGorry, Patrick; Nordentoft, Merete; Simonsen, Erik

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    Early intervention in psychiatry has taken a long time to emerge as a key strategy to reduce morbidity and mortality. In other fields of medicine it has received consistent support and great efforts are expended to educate the public about the value of early diagnosis and the benefits of timely intervention. There is finally substantial momentum behind similar endeavours in psychotic disorders, which, now they have reached "proof of concept" stage, could begin to be extended across the spectrum ...

  1. Recontextualising Messiaen's early career

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    Broad, Stephen.; Professor Annegret Fauser

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    ?This thesis independently re-examines Messiaen's early career and development. It assesses his personal, professional and musical associations with early contemporaries - colleagues, teachers and critics - and places his aesthetic outlook in a wider context. In his later life, a simplistic mythology of 'difference' grew up around Messiaen; he was perceived as a 'visionary' in a rational age and as a 'simple man of faith' in a complex and secular time. This mythology has given ...

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    ...to enact the Administration's early learning agenda. The Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Early Learning (ED) and the Deputy...Inter-Departmental Liaison for Early Childhood Development at the Administration for...

  3. How early is early dark energy?

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    Pettorino, Valeria; Wetterich, Christof

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    We investigate constraints on early dark energy (EDE) from the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) anisotropy, taking into account data from WMAP9 combined with latest small scale measurements from the South Pole Telescope (SPT). For a constant EDE fraction we propose a new parametrization with one less parameter but still enough to provide similar results to the ones previously studied in literature. The main emphasis of our analysis, however, compares a new set of different EDE parametrizations that reveal how CMB constraints depend on the redshift epoch at which Dark Energy was non negligible. We find that bounds on EDE get substantially weaker if dark energy starts to be non-negligible later, with early dark energy fraction Omega_e free to go up to about 5% at 2 sigma if the onset of EDE happens at z < 100. Tight bounds around 1-2% are obtained whenever dark energy is present at last scattering, even if its effects switch off afterwards. We show that the CMB mainly constrains the presence of Dark Energy ...

  4. Classification and clinical assessment

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    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available There are at least nine classification criteria for psoriatic arthritis (PsA that have been proposed and used in clinical studies. With the exception of the ESSG and Bennett rules, all of the other criteria sets have a good performance in identifying PsA patients. As the CASPAR criteria are based on a robust study methodology, they are considered the current reference standard. However, if there seems to be no doubt that they are very good to classify PsA patients (very high specificity, they might be not sensitive enough to diagnose patients with unknown early PsA. The vast clinical heterogeneity of PsA makes its assessment very challenging. Peripheral joint involvement is measured by 78/76 joint counts, spine involvement by the instruments used for ankylosing spondylitis (AS, dactylitis by involved digit count or by the Leeds dactylitis index, enthesitis by the number of affected entheses (several indices available and psoriasis by the Psoriasis Area and Severity Index (PASI. Peripheral joint damage can be assessed by a modified van der Heijde-Sharp scoring system and axial damage by the methods used for AS or by the Psoriatic Arthritis Spondylitis Radiology Index (PASRI. As in other arthritides, global evaluation of disease activity and severity by patient and physician and assessment of disability and quality of life are widely used. Finally, composite indices that capture several clinical manifestations of PsA have been proposed and a new instrument, the Psoriatic ARthritis Disease Activity Score (PASDAS, is currently being developed.

  5. Diagnosis of spondyloarthritis of the axial skeleton; Diagnostik der Spondyloarthritiden am Achsenskelett

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    Hermann, Kay-Geert A. [Charite - Universitaetsmedizin Berlin (Germany). Inst. fuer Radiologie; Bollow, Matthias [Augusta-Kranken-Anstalt Bochum (Germany); Bochum Univ. (Germany)

    2009-09-15

    Conventional radiography is used as the first-line imaging test in evaluating the axial skeleton for manifestations of spondyloarthritis, which is a cover term for five entities: ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatric spondyloarthritis, reactive arthritis, enteropathic arthritis, and undifferentiated spondyloarthritis. However, as it often takes many years from the onset of clinical symptoms and the first appearance of radiographic changes, a cross-sectional imaging is warranted (CT and/or MRI) for early diagnosis. MRI sensitively detects early inflammatory stages of spondyloarthritis and can thus fill the gap by markedly reducing the interval between initial symptoms and diagnosis. The aim of this article is to show that all manifestations and forms of spondyloarthritis share the same pathogenetic inflammatory pattern, namely a mixture of bone destruction and bone proliferation: enthesis - enthesitis - enthesiophyte. An enthesis in the true sense is a fibrocartilaginous junction (uncalcified fibrocartilage - tidemark - calcified fibrocartilage) between a tendon, ligament, joint capsule, or fascia and bone. The sacroiliac joint is a special form, a so-called articular fibrocartilaginous enthesis. A wide range of images - including radiographs, CT scans, and MR images - will be presented to provide a comprehensive picture of the entheseal manifestations and inflammatory patterns of the sacroiliac joints, vertebral endplates and ridges, facet joints, costovertebral junctions, and spinal ligaments in spondyloarthritis. (orig.)

  6. Expression of PADI4 during rheumatoid arthritis development

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    Cuirong Bian

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available Peptidyl deiminase 4 (PADI4 catalyzes peptidylarginine to citrulline. The gene encoding PADI4 is associated with rheumatoid arthritis (RA in some populations. The levels of PADI4, anti-CCP, and RF were measured in the blood of patients suffering from RA and osteoarthritis (OA for less than six months using ELISA. The levels were also measured in the blood of patients that have been diagnosed with RA for more than three years. As controls, samples from healthy subjects or patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS, epidemic pleurodynia (EP, OA, psoriatic arthritis (PA, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE, gouty arthritis (GA, or Still’s disease (ST were also assayed. Of patients with early RA, 68.7% had significantly higher levels of PADI4 than patients with early OA. Patients with RA for a longer period of time had a higher expression of PADI4 than patients with SLE, ST, and GA, but they were similar to healthy subjects or patients with AS, EP, OA, or PA. The level of PADI4 was significantly correlated to the levels of RF and anti-CCP in blood samples of RA, but not in the samples of other diseases and those of healthy subjects. The level of PADI4 relates to the disease activity and clinical performance.

  7. Subclinical atherosclerosis in patients with psoriatic arthritis: a case-control study. Preliminary data

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    M. Zanon

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of subclinical atherosclerosis in patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA, correlated with some traditional risk factors of atherosclerosis and with PsA-related disease factors. Methods: Forty-one patients and 41 healthy subjects were evaluated for intima-media thickness (IMT and flow-mediated dilation (FMD, using carotid duplex scanning. IMT values were expressed like IMT mean (cumulative mean of all the IMT mean and M-MAX (cumulative mean of all the higher IMT. Subclinical atherosclerosis markers were correlated with age, body mass index (BMI and blood pressure in both groups, with duration of arthritis, duration of psoriasis, tender and swollen joints, BASDAI (Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index, BASFI (Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Functional Index, erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR and C-reactive protein (CRP in patients. Results: IMT mean and M-MAX were both higher in PsA patients compared with controls (0.7±0.15 vs 0.62±0.09 mm; p<0.01 and 0.86±0.21 vs. 0.74±0.13 mm; p<0.01 respectively. FMD was smaller in patients than in controls (5.9±2 vs 7.5±2.8%; p<0.01. Univariate analysis showed a correlation between IMT mean and SBP (r=0.217; p=0.05 and a correlation between M-MAX and age (r=0.392; p<0.001, BMI (r=0.252; p<0.05, SBP (r=0.446; p<0.001 in both groups. In PsA patients M-MAX resulted correlated with ESR (r=0.338; p<0.05 and BASDAI (r=0.322; p<0.05. Conclusions: PsA patients exhibited endothelial dysfunctions which is an early marker of subclinical atherosclerosis, as well as an higher IMT. An interesting correlation between M-MAX and PsA activity index (ESR and BASDAI was found.

  8. Anterior chest wall inflammation by whole body MRI in patients with spondyloarthritis : lack of association between clinical and imaging findings in a cross-sectional study

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    Weber, Ulrich; Lambert, Robert Gw

    2012-01-01

    ABSTRACT: INTRODUCTION: Inflammatory involvement of the anterior chest wall (ACW) impacts the quality of life in patients with spondyloarthritis (SpA) although involvement of the ACW is often neglected on clinical and imaging evaluation. Whole body (WB) MRI is an imaging method to assess the ACW in addition to the sacroiliac joints and spine without additional inconvenience for patients. The goals of this study were to describe the distribution of ACW inflammation by WB MRI in both early and established SpA and associations between clinical and imaging findings indicative of inflammation. METHODS: The ACW of 122 consecutive SpA patients (95 with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and 27 with non-radiographic SpA (nrSpA)) and 75 healthy controls was scanned by sagittal and coronal WB MRI. The MR images were scored independently in random order by 7 readers blinded to patient identifiers. Active and structural inflammatory lesions of the ACW were recorded on a web-based data entry form. ACW pain by patient self-report, ACW tenderness on physical examination according to the Maastricht ankylosing spondylitis enthesitis score (MASES) and MRI lesions were analyzed descriptively. Kappa statistics served to assess the agreement between clinical and imaging findings. RESULTS: ACW pain or tenderness was present in 26% with little difference between AS and nrSpA patients. Bone marrow edema (BME), erosion and fat infiltration were recorded in 44.3%, 34.4% and 27.0% of SpA patients and in 9.3%, 12.0% and 5.3% of controls. MRI lesions occurred more frequently in AS patients (BME, erosion and fat infiltration in 49.5%, 36.8%, and 33.7%, respectively) compared with nrSpA patients (25.9%, 25.9%, and 3.7%, respectively). The most frequently affected joint by MRI lesions was the manubriosternal joint. The kappa values between clinical assessments and MRI inflammation ranged from -0.10 to only 0.33 for both AS and nrSpA patients. CONCLUSIONS: 26% of SpA patients showed clinical involvement of the ACW. WB MRI signs of ACW inflammation occurred in a substantial proportion of patients with AS (49.5%) and nrSpA (25.9%). There was no association between clinical assessments of ACW, including the MASES, and MRI features.

  9. Earthquake Early Warning Systems

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    Pei-Yang Lin

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Because of Taiwan’s unique geographical environment, earthquake disasters occur frequently in Taiwan. The Central Weather Bureau collated earthquake data from between 1901 and 2006 (Central Weather Bureau, 2007 and found that 97 earthquakes had occurred, of which, 52 resulted in casualties. The 921 Chichi Earthquake had the most profound impact. Because earthquakes have instant destructive power and current scientific technologies cannot provide precise early warnings in advance, earthquake prevention is crucial. The earthquake early warning system can provide seconds to tens of seconds of warning time before an earthquake strikes. This paper introduces the  earthquake early warning system build by Taiwan National Center for Research on Earthquake Engineering and a practice case happened in Yilan City, Taiwan.

  10. Early detection of psychosis

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    Larsen, Tor Ketil; Melle, Ingrid; Auestad, B.; Haahr, Ulrik; Joa, Inge; Johannessen, Jan Olav; Opjordsmoen, Stein; Rund, Bjørn Rishovd; Røssberg, Jan Ivar; Simonsen, Erik; Vaglum, Per; Friis, Svein; McGlashan, Thomas H.

    2011-01-01

    Background During the last decades we have seen a new focus on early treatment of psychosis. Several reviews have shown that duration of untreated psychosis (DUP) is correlated to better outcome. However, it is still unknown whether early treatment will lead to a better long-term outcome. This study reports the effects of reducing DUP on 5-year course and outcome. Method During 1997–2000 a total of 281 consecutive patients aged >17 years with first episode non-affective psychosis were recruited,...

  11. Teaching polymorphism early

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    2005-01-01

    Is it possible to teach dynamic polymorphism early? What techniques could facilitate teaching it in Java. This panel will bring together people who have considered this question and attempted to implement it in various ways, some more completely than others. It will also give participants an opportunity to explore the topic and to share their own ideas.

  12. Teachers in Early Christianity

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    Markowski, Michael

    2008-01-01

    This article presents the idea that the Early Church supported teachers as one of the ministry offices within the local church. These teachers worked to mature the spiritual life of the congregation and so helped to free the pastoral ministry to focus on other duties, many of which fall on pastors. Most ministers, pastors, and others teach at one…

  13. Early rheumatoid arthritis

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    P. Sarzi-Puttini

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Rheumatoid arthritis (RA is a systemic disease characterized by chronic inflammation of the synovial joints damage and loss of the function. The ultimate goal in managing RA is to prevent joint damage and to maintain functional ability. Consequently, early diagnosis and treatment is important, but predictive markers for RA are still confined to auto- antibodies and also magnetic resonance imaging (MRI and sonography do not appear to sufficiently distinguish between early RA and non RA. Evidence shows that substantial and irreversible joint damage already occurs within the first 2 years after disease onset. This “window of opportunity” hypothesis for therapeutic intervention in RA is based on the existence of a time frame within which there is a potential for a greater response to therapy, resulting in sustained benefits or, perhaps most important, a chance of cure. There is increasing evidence for beneficial effects of early DMARDs (disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs therapy over delayed treatment in patients who present with arthritis of recent onset. However, no universal consensus exists concerning the choice of initial drug or whether single drug or combination should be given as initial treatments. Most studies demonstrated superiority of aggressive over conventional approaches. Because the tumor necrosis factor (TNF-? inhibitors have proved to stop joint damage progression in severe progressive RA, the achievement of these agents in early RA are currently of great interest.

  14. Early-Stage Caregiving

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    ... for additional supervision or care. Learn more: Living Alone Coping with Memory Loss Long-Distance Caregiving Home Safety We Can Help If you are a care partner for someone with early-stage Alzheimer's, you aren't alone. Get the support and resources you need. Find ...

  15. College Admissions Game: Early Action or Early Decision?

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    2007-01-01

    In this paper, we study the long-played, yet until now unmodeled, college admissions game over early admissions plans using a many-to-one matching framework. We characterize the equilibrium strategies of each college involving its early quota out of its total capacity, and the set of admissible and deferred students within its applicant pool independently from the early admissions plans of the colleges in the market. Given these strategies, we show that for each college early action is a wea...

  16. Early prenatal syphilis

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    Full Text Available Syphilis in pregnancy still remains a challenge despite the availability of adequate diagnostic tests for serological screening and penicillin therapy. We report a case of 2 month old female infant who presented with runny nose, papulosquamous lesions over both palms and soles and perianal erosions since 1 month after birth. Cutaneous examination revealed moist eroded areas in the perianal region and fine scaly lesions over palms and soles. Radiograph of both upper limbs and limbs revealed early periosteal changes in lower end of humerus and lower end of tibia. Diagnosis of early pre-natal syphilis was confirmed by Child?s Serum Rapid Plasma Reagin Antibody test [S.RPR] being positive with 1:64 dilution while that of mother was 1:8.

  17. Early anaerobic metabolisms

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    Canfield, Donald Eugene; Rosing, Minik T; Bjerrum, Christian

    2006-01-01

    Before the advent of oxygenic photosynthesis, the biosphere was driven by anaerobic metabolisms. We catalogue and quantify the source strengths of the most probable electron donors and electron acceptors that would have been available to fuel early-Earth ecosystems. The most active ecosystems were probably driven by the cycling of H2 and Fe2+ through primary production conducted by anoxygenic phototrophs. Interesting and dynamic ecosystems would have also been driven by the microbial cycling of ...

  18. Early Childhood Depression

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    2009-01-01

    Although empirical evidence has recently validated clinical depression in children as young as age 3, few data are available to guide treatment of early childhood depression. Considering this gap in the literature, a novel dyadic psychotherapeutic model, Parent Child Interaction Therapy–Emotion Development, based on a well-known and effective manualized treatment for disruptive preschoolers, is currently being tested for use in depression. To balance safety and efficacy, dyadic developmental ...

  19. Mapping the early Universe

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    From its unique vantage point 900 kilometres above the earth's surface, NASA's Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) satellite has a privileged view of cosmic background radiation - the remnants of the early (radiation-dominated) Universe which followed the Big Bang some ten Gigayears ago, and possibly some subsequent history. In this way astroparticle physicists get a first peek at the quantum cosmology which moulded the infant Universe

  20. Early modern philosophy

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    The edition provides a course in early modern philosophy, which includes empiricism and rationalism of XVII–XVIII centuries and classical German philosophy. The content of the lectures allows studying the basic philosophical categories and principles. The lectures were prepared according to The State National programme ‘Education’, Doctrine of National Education as well as experience of compiling similar programmes of Ukrainian Humanities Centre and philosophy faculty of Taras Shevchenko K...

  1. Sonority and early words

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    Kjærbæk, Laila; Boeg Thomsen, Ditte; Lambertsen, Claus; Basbøll, Hans

    2015-01-01

    Syllables play an important role in children’s early language acquisition, and children appear to rely on clear syllabic structures as a key to word acquisition (Vihman 1996; Oller 2000). However, not all languages present children with equally clear cues to syllabic structure, and since the specific L1 is known to influence the acquisition rate, it is worth investigating how sonority characteristics in children’s linguistic input influence their lexical acquisition. Danish is characterized by h...

  2. Early prevention of obesity

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    Full Text Available Childhood obesity is the metabolic disorder with the highest prevalence in both children and adults. Urgency to treat and prevent childhood obesity is based on the clear evidence that obesity tends to track from childhood to adulthood, is associated to morbidity also in childhood and to long-term mortality. Early life, i.e., intrauterine life and the first two years, is a sensitive window for prevention. Anatomical and functional maturation of the hypothalamic structures devoted to regulating energy intake and expenditure and body size mainly occurs in the first 1,000 days of life. Therefore, factors affecting the foetal exposition to maternal metabolic environment and early postnatal nutrition are crucial in modulating the definition of the metabolic programming processes in the brain. Maternal diseases, mainly malnutrition for defect or excess, obesity and diabetes, placental disorders and dysfunctions, maternal use of alcohol and drugs, smoking, affect long term metabolic programming of the foetus with lifelong consequences. Similarly, early nutrition contributes to complete the long-term metabolic regulating framework initiated in the uterus. Breastfeeding, adequate weaning, attention to portion size and diet composition are potential tools for reducing the obesity risk later in childhood. Longitudinal randomized controlled studies are needed for exploring the efficacy of obesity prevention strategies initiated after conception.Proceedings of the 10th International Workshop on Neonatology · Cagliari (Italy · October 22nd-25th, 2014 · The last ten years, the next ten years in Neonatology Guest Editors: Vassilios Fanos, Michele Mussap, Gavino Faa, Apostolos Papageorgiou

  3. Developmental Milestones of Early Literacy

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    ... Size Email Print Share Developmental Milestones of Early Literacy Article Body In the spirit of making both ... at the well-defined developmental milestones of early literacy. Younger Than 6 Months: Never Too Young Unlike ...

  4. Role of bone scan in rheumatic disease

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    Choi, Yun Young [Hanyang University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2003-06-01

    Rheumatic diseases can be categorized by pathology into several specific types of musculoskeletal problems, including synovitis (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis), enthesopathy (e.g. ankylosing spondylitis) and cartilage degeneration (e.g. osteoarthritis). Skeletal radiographs have contributed to the diagnosis of these articular diseases, and some disease entities need typical radiographic changes as a factor of the diagnostic criteria. However, they sometimes show normal radiographic findings in the early stage of disease, when there is demineralization of less than 30-50%. Bone scans have also been used in arthritis, but not widely because the findings are nonspecific and it is thought that bone scans do not add significant information to routine radiography. Bone scans do however play a different role than simple radiography, and it is a complementary imaging method in the course of management of arthritis. The image quality of bone scans can be improved by obtaining regional views and images under al pin-hole collimator, and through a variety of scintigraphic techniques including the three phase bone scan and bone SPECT. Therefore, bone scans could improve the diagnostic value, and answer multiple clinical questions, based on the pathophysiology of various forms of arthritis.

  5. Imaging the spine in arthritis-a pictorial review

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    Jurik, Anne Grethe

    2011-01-01

    Spinal involvement is frequent in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and seronegative spondyloarthritides (SpA), and its diagnosis is important. Thus, MRI and CT are increasingly used, although radiography is the recommended initial examination. The purpose of this review is to present the typical radiographic features of spinal changes in RA and SpA in addition to the advantages of MRI and CT, respectively. RA changes are usually located in the cervical spine and can result in serious joint instability. Subluxation is diagnosed by radiography, but supplementary MRI and/or CT is always indicated to visualise the spinal cord and canal in patients with vertical subluxation, neck pain and/or neurological symptoms. SpA may involve all parts of the spine. Ankylosing spondylitis is the most frequent form of SpA and has rather characteristic radiographic features. In early stages it is characterised by vertebral squaring and condensation of vertebral corners, in later stages by slim ossifications between vertebral bodies, vertebral fusion, arthritis/ankylosis of apophyseal joints and ligamentous ossification causing spinal stiffness. The imaging features of the other forms of SpA can vary, but voluminous paravertebral ossifications often occur in psoriatic SpA. MRI can detect signs of active inflammation as well as chronic structural changes; CT is valuable for detecting fracture.

  6. X-ray observation of heterotopic ossification after total hip arthroplasty

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    Purpose: To study the incidence and X-ray findings of heterotopic ossification (HO) after total hip arthroplasty (THA). Methods: 333 cases (352 hip) after THA were followed by X-ray examination for 1-12 years. Evaluation of HO from X-ray films using broker's classification was made and X-ray findings were correlated with sex, age and operative causes. Results: In the study, HO after THA was noted in 69 cases on X-ray films. The incidence was 20.7%. Higher in the male than in female by 7.2%, but no significant correlation with the age (P>0.05). Most (85.5%) of HO happened within one year after operation but in one case as long as eight years after operation. In this group, 85.0% of the HO belonged to Grade I-III, the remaining was grade IV. Severe HO was most frequently noted in the patients operated for Ankylosing Spondylitis. On X-ray film, the calcifications were located on external side of hip joint in early stage, and later also seen on internal side, the former being the dominant side. Calcification usually took the form of stripe or patch. Conclusion: HO is a common post-operative complication. X-ray plain film is a simple tool on diagnosing this disease and planning clinical therapy

  7. The tumor necrosis factor-? inhibitor golimumab in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis

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    Natalia Vladimirovna Chichasova

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available The tumor necrosis factor-? (TNF-? golimumab (GLM, that is a fully human monoclonal anti-body, was registered in Russia in 2012 to treat rheumatic diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA, ankylosing spondylitis, and psoriatic arthritis. Its distinguishing characteristics are a high affinity for TNF-? and easiness-to-use: the drug as a 0.5-ml solution is injected subcutaneously once monthly. The registration of the medication was followed by the implementation of a massive program of clinical trials. The randomized placebo-controlled GO-FORWARD, GO-BEFORE, and GO-AFTER studies have indicated that GLM is effective in patients with RA from different subgroups and has a favorable safety profile as compared to that of the entire class of biological agents. According to the data of these studies, GLM had a positive effect on the functional status and quality of life in patients with RA: there was a significantly greater decrease in HAQ scores in both the early and long open treatment phases (to 5 years and in fatigability than in the control group (p=0.032, physical and mental health improvements, as shown by the SF-36 questionnaire, and a significant reduction in disability.

  8. The Perils of Early Motherhood.

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    Sawhill, Isabel V.

    2002-01-01

    Suggests that preventing early childbearing among those who are still young and unmarried is likely to yield significant social benefits, including the restoration of marriage, discussing whether marriage is the solution to the problem of early motherhood. Explains the need for strong efforts to prevent early childbearing, examining teen pregnancy…

  9. Early Childhood Special Music Education

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    Darrow, Alice-Ann

    2011-01-01

    The process of early intervention is a critical component of Early Childhood Special Music Education. Early intervention is the process of providing services, education, and support to young children who have disabilities or to children who are at-risk of developing needs that may affect their physical, cognitive, or emotional development. The…

  10. Early Intervention: A Global Perspective.

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    Blackman, James A.

    2002-01-01

    The recognition of the importance of brain development in the early years of life has led to expanded early intervention programs for very young children with or at risk for developmental disabilities. A biological basis for early intervention is explored, and brain plasticity is discussed. (Contains references.) (Author/CR)

  11. Early Onset Werner Syndrome

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    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Werner syndrome (WS is a rare autosomal recessive adult-onset progeroid disorder characterized by the early onset of aged-appearance and age-related metabolic disorders. Symptoms of premature aging usually first develop in the second-third decades of life. We report a 27-year-old female who was admitted to our clinic at the age of eighteen with hyperglycemia. She was diagnosed with diabetes and type 4 dyslipidemia at the age of seven. In her family history, her parents were first cousins and she had three healthy brothers. On her first physical examination; she had bird-like face appearance, global hair loss, beaked nose, short stature and she was overweight. She had global hair loss with gray and thin hair. Hoarseness of voice and hyperkeratosis of skin were observed. She had bilateral cataracts and moderate sensorineural hearing loss. On psychiatric examination, borderline mental retardation was detected. She had severe insulin resistance and hypertriglyceridemia despite levothyroxine, gemfibrozil, omega-3 and intensive insulin treatment. Routine lipid apheresis was performed to lower the triglyceride levels reaching 5256 mg/dL. She also had focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, hepatosteatosis, osteoporosis and epilepsy. Disease was accompanied by several congenital deformities, such as Rathke’s cleft cyst, angiomyolipoma and femoral neck hypoplasia. WS is a rare genetic disorder characterized by multiple endocrine manifestations as well as soft tissue changes. We present a case of early disturbances that were diagnosed before typical clinical signs and symptoms. We propose that WS should be kept in mind when type 2 diabetes and hyperlipidemia are diagnosed early in childhood. Turk Jem 2015; 19: 99-104

  12. Early solar physics

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    1970-01-01

    Early Solar Physics reviews developments in solar physics, particularly the advent of solar spectroscopy and the discovery of relationships between the various layers of the solar atmosphere and between the different forms of solar activity. Topics covered include solar observations during 1843; chemical analysis of the solar atmosphere; the spectrum of a solar prominence; and the solar eclipse of December 12, 1871. Spectroscopic observations of the sun are also presented. This book is comprised of 30 chapters and begins with an overview of ideas about the sun in the mid-nineteenth century, fo

  13. The early Earth

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    2015-01-01

    The Early Earth: Accretion and Differentiation provides a multidisciplinary overview of the state of the art in understanding the formation and primordial evolution of the Earth.  The fundamental structure of the Earth as we know it today was inherited from the initial conditions 4.56 billion years ago as a consequence of planetesimal accretion, large impacts among planetary objects, and planetary-scale differentiation. The evolution of the Earth from a molten ball of metal and magma to the tectonically active, dynamic, habitable planet that we know today is unique among the terrestrial plane

  14. Artritis Temprana Early Arthritis

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    Full Text Available Hasta la década de los años ochenta se consideraba a la artritis reumatoide (AR como una enfermedad poco frecuente, de gravedad leve a moderada, que tenía una evolución lentamente, progresiva hacia el daño articular y la incapacidad. El aborde terapéutico convencional hasta ese momento, era el tratamiento clásico de la pirámide.Until the early the eighties was considered rheumatoid arthritis to (RA as a rare disease of mild to moderate severity, which had a slowly evolution towards joint damage and disability. The conventional therapeutic option until then, was the classic treatment of the pyramid.

  15. Radiation early warning system

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    A prototype station for a Radiation Early Warning Network has been designed and set up at the Austrian Research Centre Seibersdorf. This unit was developed to measure all relevant parameters necessary to detect and track radioactive contamination at an early stage. The station consists of the following components: Radiation measuring channel for ambient gamma dose rate. Meteorological measurement channels for air temperature and humidity, wind direction and wind speed, and precipitation. Data processing and storage unit. The system is capable of unattended operation and data acquisition even under adverse environmental conditions. Connection to a central processing platform may be achieved via leased line, dial up over public switched telephone network (PSTN), or radio-frequency transmission. The remote station will continue acquiring and storing data for at least a month, even if the communications link is broken. Multiple stations can be combined to form a network, providing detailed information about radiological and meteorological data at each site. Thus increased ambient radiation levels may be discovered, tracked, and forecasted based on calculations using current and local weather data

  16. Planck early results. VII. The Early Release Compact Source Catalogue

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    Ade, P. A. R.; Aghanim, N.; Arnaud, M.; Ashdown, M.; Aumont, J.; Baccigalupi, C.; Balbi, A.; Banday, A. J.; Barreiro, R. B.; Bartlett, J. G.; Battaner, E.; Benabed, K.; Benoît, A.; Bernard, J. -P.; Bersanelli, M.; Bhatia, R.; Bonaldi, A.; Bonavera, L.; Bond, J. R.; Borrill, J.; Bouchet, F. R.; Bucher, M.; Burigana, C.; Butler, R. C.; Cabella, P.; Cantalupo, C. M.; Cappellini, B.; Cardoso, J. -F.; Carvalho, P.; Catalano, A.; Cayón, L.; Challinor, A.; Chamballu, A.; Chary, R. -R.; Chen, X.; Chiang, L. -Y; Chiang, C.; Christensen, P. R.; Clements, D. L.; Colombi, S.; Couchot, F.; Coulais, A.; Crill, B. P.; Cuttaia, F.; Danese, L.; Davis, R. J.; de Bernardis, P.; de Rosa, A.; de Zotti, G.; Delabrouille, J.; Delouis, J. -M.; Désert, F. -X.; Dickinson, C.; Diego, J. M.; Dolag, K.; Dole, H.; Donzelli, S.; Doré, O.; Dörl, U.; Douspis, M.; Dupac, X.; Efstathiou, G.; En\\sslin, T. A.; Eriksen, H. K.; Finelli, F.; Forni, O.; Fosalba, P.; Frailis, M.; Franceschi, E.; Galeotta, S.; Ganga, K.; Giard, M.; Giraud-Héraud, Y.; González-Nuevo, J.; Górski, K. M.; Gratton, S.; Gregorio, A.; Gruppuso, A.; Haissinski, J.; Hansen, F. K.; Harrison, D.; Helou, G.; Henrot-Versillé, S.; Hernández-Monteagudo, C.; Herranz, D.; Hildebrandt, S. R.; Hivon, E.; Hobson, M.; Holmes, W. A.; Hornstrup, Allan; Hovest, W.; Hoyland, R. J.; Huffenberger, K. M.; Huynh, M.; Jaffe, A. H.; Jones, W. C.; Juvela, M.; Keihänen, E.; Keskitalo, R.; Kisner, T. S.; Kneissl, R.; Knox, L.; Kurki-Suonio, H.; Lagache, G.; Lähteenmäki, A.; Lamarre, J. -M.; Lasenby, A.; Laureijs, R. J.; Lawrence, C. R.; Leach, S.; Leahy, J. P.; Leonardi, R.; León-Tavares, J.; Leroy, C.; Lilje, P. B.; Linden-Vørnle, Michael; López-Caniego, M.; Lubin, P. M.; Macías-Pérez, J. F.; MacTavish, C. J.; Maffei, B.; Maggio, G.; Maino, D.; Mandolesi, N.; Mann, R.; Maris, M.; Marleau, F.; Marshall, D. J.; Martínez-González, E.; Masi, S.; Massardi, M.; Matarrese, S.; Matthai, F.; Mazzotta, P.; McGehee, P.; Meinhold, P. R.; Melchiorri, A.; Melin, J. -B.; Mendes, L.; Mennella, A.; Mitra, S.; Miville-Deschênes, M. -A.; Moneti, A.; Montier, L.; Morgante, G.; Mortlock, D.; Munshi, D.; Murphy, A.; Naselsky, P.; Natoli, P.; Netterfield, C. B.; Nørgaard-Nielsen, Hans Ulrik; Noviello, F.; Novikov, D.; Novikov, I.; O'Dwyer, I. J.; Osborne, S.; Pajot, F.; Paladini, R.; Partridge, B.; Pasian, F.; Patanchon, G.; Pearson, T. J.; Perdereau, O.; Perotto, L.; Perrotta, F.; Piacentini, F.; Piat, M.; Piffaretti, R.; Plaszczynski, S.; Platania, P.; Pointecouteau, E.; Polenta, G.; Ponthieu, N.; Poutanen, T.; Pratt, G. W.; Prézeau, G.; Prunet, S.; Puget, J. -L.; Rachen, J. P.; Reach, W. T.; Rebolo, R.; Reinecke, M.; Renault, C.; Ricciardi, S.; Riller, T.; Ristorcelli, I.; Rocha, G.; Rosset, C.; Rowan-Robinson, M.; Rubi\; Rusholme, B.; Sajina, A.; Sandri, M.; Santos, D.; Savini, G.; Schaefer, B. M.; Scott, D.; Seiffert, M. D.; Shellard, P.; Smoot, G. F.; Starck, J. -L.; Stivoli, F.; Stolyarov, V.; Sudiwala, R.; Sunyaev, R.; Sygnet, J. -F.; Tauber, J. A.; Tavagnacco, D.; Terenzi, L.; Toffolatti, L.; Tomasi, M.; Torre, J. -P.; Tristram, M.; Tuovinen, J.; Türler, M.; Umana, G.; Valenziano, L.; Valiviita, J.; Varis, J.; Vielva, P.; Villa, F.; Vittorio, N.; Wade, L. A.; Wandelt, B. D.; White, S. D. M.; Wilkinson, A.; Yvon, D.; Zacchei, A.; Zonca, A.

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    A brief description of the methodology of construction, contents and usage of the Planck Early Release Compact Source Catalogue (ERCSC), including the Early Cold Cores (ECC) and the Early Sunyaev-Zeldovich (ESZ) cluster catalogue is provided. The catalogue is based on data that consist of mapping the entire sky once and 60% of the sky a second time by Planck, thereby comprising the first high sensitivity radio/submillimetre observations of the entire sky. Four source detection algorithms were ru...

  17. Early times in tunneling

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    2000-01-01

    Exact analytical solutions of the time-dependent Schr\\"odinger equation with the initial condition of an incident cutoff wave are used to investigate the traversal time for tunneling. The probability density starts from a vanishing value along the tunneling and transmitted regions of the potential. At the barrier width it exhibits, at early times, a distribution of traversal times that typically has a peak $\\tau_p$ and a width $\\Delta \\tau$. Numerical results for other tunneling times, as the phase-delay time, fall within $\\Delta \\tau$. The B\\"uttiker traversal time is the closest to $\\tau_p$. Our results resemble calculations based on Feynman paths if its noisy behaviour is ignored.

  18. Early Physics Results

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    2011-01-01

    Since one year experiments at the Large Hadron Collider have started exploring physics at the high energy frontier. A rich harvest of initial physics results has been obtained, already documented in some 75 journal publications. Concentrating for this presentation on the two general purpose experiments ATLAS and CMS, the initial data have allowed one to test, at highest energies ever reached in a laboratory, the Standard Model (SM) of elementary particles, and to make early searches Beyond the SM (BSM). Significant results have been already obtained in searches for the Higgs Boson, which would establish the postulated electro-weak symmetry breaking mechanism in the SM, as well as for BSM physics like Supersymmetry (SUSY), heavy new particles, quark compositeness, and others. The important SM physics measurements are giving confidence that the experiments are well in shape for their journey into the unchartered territory of New Physics anticipated with the LHC.

  19. High signal intensity of intervertebral calcified disks on T1-weighted MR images resulting from fat content

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    Malghem, Jacques; Lecouvet, Frederic E.; Berg, Bruno C. Vande; Duprez, Thierry; Cosnard, Guy; Maldague, Baudouin E. [Universite Catholique de Louvain, Cliniques Universitaires St. Luc, Brussels (Belgium); Francois, Robert [Belgian Military Hospital, Department of Rheumatology, Brussels (Belgium)

    2005-02-01

    To explain a cause of high signal intensity on T1-weighted MR images in calcified intervertebral disks associated with spinal fusion. Magnetic resonance and radiological examinations of 13 patients were reviewed, presenting one or several intervertebral disks showing a high signal intensity on T1-weighted MR images, associated both with the presence of calcifications in the disks and with peripheral fusion of the corresponding spinal segments. Fusion was due to ligament ossifications (n=8), ankylosing spondylitis (n=4), or posterior arthrodesis (n=1). Imaging files included X-rays and T1-weighted MR images in all cases, T2-weighted MR images in 12 cases, MR images with fat signal suppression in 7 cases, and a CT scan in 1 case. Histological study of a calcified disk from an anatomical specimen of an ankylosed lumbar spine resulting from ankylosing spondylitis was examined. The signal intensity of the disks was similar to that of the bone marrow or of perivertebral fat both on T1-weighted MR images and on all sequences, including those with fat signal suppression. In one of these disks, a strongly negative absorption coefficient was focally measured by CT scan, suggesting a fatty content. The histological examination of the ankylosed calcified disk revealed the presence of well-differentiated bone tissue and fatty marrow within the disk. The high signal intensity of some calcified intervertebral disks on T1-weighted MR images can result from the presence of fatty marrow, probably related to a disk ossification process in ankylosed spines. (orig.)

  20. Early development of action control

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    GISA ASCHERSLEBEN

    2006-01-01

    In recent years, the study of early action perception as well as action production has become an im-portant topic in developmental psychology. This paper gives an overview of the development of early understanding of actions performed by other persons and on the development of actions performed by young children themselves. It offers a theoretical framework for early action control and discusses the question whether young children understand other persons’ actions after they understand their ...

  1. The evolution of early Foraminifera

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    Pawlowski, Jan; Holzmann, Maria; Berney, Cédric; Fahrni, José; Gooday, Andrew J; Cedhagen, Tomas; Habura, Andrea; Bowser, Samuel S.

    2003-01-01

    Fossil Foraminifera appear in the Early Cambrian, at about the same time as the first skeletonized metazoans. However, due to the inadequate preservation of early unilocular (single-chambered) foraminiferal tests and difficulties in their identification, the evolution of early foraminifers is poorly understood. By using molecular data from a wide range of extant naked and testate unilocular species, we demonstrate that a large radiation of nonfossilized unilocular Foraminifera preceded the di...

  2. Is credit for early action credible early action?

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    Credit for early action as a tool for greenhouse gas emissions reduction is compared with various market instruments as a means of narrowing the gap between projected emissions and those of the Kyoto Protocol. Market instruments work by creating a market price for emissions and use the market to encourage reductions at the lowest price, which is done by placing limits on greenhouse gas emissions and allowing the market to decide where reductions occur, or by imposing a carbon tax or emissions charge. While they can be applied within a sector, they are usually used to encourage reductions throughout the economy or across large sectors. Credit for early action also creates an incentive for emissions reductions throughout the economy or at least across many sectors. Credit for early action tools do not work by either imposing a carbon tax or emissions charge or placing limits on emissions, rather they promise that entities that take action against greenhouse gases prior to the imposition of a carbon tax or emissions limits will receive a credit against future taxes or limits. An overview is provided of the Kyoto Protocol and the rationale for taking early action, and a review is included of the theory and specific proposals for market instruments and credit for early action. A comparative analysis is provided of these approaches by examining their relative efficiency, environmental effectiveness, and impacts on the redistribution of wealth. Credit for early action is viewed as problematic on a number of counts and is seen as an interim strategy for imposition while political support for market instruments develop. The environmental effectiveness of credit for early action is very difficult to predict, and credit for early action programs do not yield the lowest cost emissions reductions. Credit for early action programs will not achieve compliance with the Kyoto Protocol at the lowest cost, and credits for early action will increase the compliance costs for those who cannot participate effectively in the credit for early action program. Credit for early action could have major distributive effects while having very limited environmental impact. Credit for early action is inherently more complex and requires more administrative management and regulation than well-designed market instruments, and credit for early action may not counteract the disincentives created by the possibility of grandfathering. 22 refs., 7 figs

  3. Early reionization by miniquasars

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    Madau, P; Oh, S P; Rees, Martin J; Volonteri, M; Madau, Piero; Rees, Martin J.; Volonteri, Marta; Haardt, Francesco

    2004-01-01

    Motivated by the recent detection by WMAP of a large optical depth to Thomson scattering -- implying a very early reionization epoch -- we assess a scenario where the universe was reionized by `miniquasars' powered by intermediate-mass black holes (IMBHs), the remnants of the first generation of massive stars. Pregalactic IMBHs form within minihalos above the cosmological Jeans mass collapsing at z=24, get incorporated through mergers into larger and larger systems, sink to the center owing to dynamical friction, and accrete cold material. The merger history of dark halos and associated IMBHs is followed by Monte Carlo realizations of the merger hierarchy in a LCDM cosmology. While seed IMBHs that are as rare as the 3.5-sigma peaks of the primordial density field evolve largely in isolation, a significant number of black hole binary systems will form if IMBHs populate the more numerous 3-sigma peaks instead. In the case of rapid binary coalescence a fraction of IMBHs will be displaced from galaxy centers and ...

  4. EARLY ENTRANCE COPRODUCTION PLANT

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    Mushtaq Ahmed; John H. Anderson; Charles Benham; Earl R. Berry; Fred Brent; Belma Demirel; Ming He; Troy Raybold; Manuel E. Quintana; Lalit S. Shah; Kenneth A. Yackly

    2003-06-09

    The overall objective of this project is the three phase development of an Early Entrance Coproduction Plant (EECP) which produces at least one product from at least two of the following three categories: (1) electric power (or heat), (2) fuels, and (3) chemicals. The objective is to have these products produced by technologies capable of using synthesis gas derived from coal and/or other carbonaceous feedstocks. The objectives of Phase I were to determine the feasibility and define the concept for the EECP located at a specific site; develop a Research, Development, and Testing (RD&T) Plan for implementation in Phase II; and prepare a Preliminary Project Financing Plan. The objective of Phase II is to implement the work as outlined in the Phase I RD&T Plan to enhance the development and commercial acceptance of coproduction technology that produces high-value products, particularly those that are critical to our domestic fuel and power requirements. The project will resolve critical knowledge and technology gaps on the integration of gasification and downstream processing to coproduce some combination of power, fuels, and chemicals from coal and/or other carbonaceous feedstocks. The objective of Phase III is to develop an engineering design package and a financing and testing plan for an EECP located at a specific site. The project's intended result is to provide the necessary technical, economic, and environmental information needed by industry to move the EECP forward to detailed design, construction, and operation.

  5. Early diagnosis of leptospirosis

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    Andrea Babic-Erceg

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available A 25-years old man from Zagreb, Croatia, was admitted to the University Hospital for Infectious Diseases four days after the onset of symptoms such as fever, intense pain in the calves and anuria. The patient owned a rabbit and, before the onset of the disease, repaired some rubber pipes damaged by rodents. At admission, he had a severe clinical picture with fever, hypotension, jaundice, immobility, and pain in leg muscles. Treatment with ceftriaxone was initiated in combination with volume restitution. Renal failure soon ensued. Consequently continuous venovenous hemodiaphiltration therapy was performed. Due to acute respiratory distress syndrome, the patient was mechanically ventilated. The patient’s condition gradually improved and he recovered fully from multi-organ failure. Diagnosis was confirmed by a microscopic agglutination test (MAT covering 15 leptospira serovars and real-time polymerase-chain reaction (PCR. The first serum sample taken on day 6 tested negative for leptospira, while PCR showed positive results for leptospiral DNA. The second serum sample taken on day 13 tested positive for serovar Canicola serogroup Canicola, serovar Patoc, serovar Grippotyphosa serogroup Grippotyphosa and serovar Tarassovi serogroup Tarassovi (titre 4000, 4000, 1000 and 2000, respectively, while PCR was negative. This report highlights the benefits of combining MAT and PCR methods in early diagnosis of leptospirosis.

  6. EARLY ENTRANCE COPRODUCTION PLANT

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    The overall objective of this project is the three phase development of an Early Entrance Coproduction Plant (EECP) which produces at least one product from at least two of the following three categories: (1) electric power (or heat), (2) fuels, and (3) chemicals. The objective is to have these products produced by technologies capable of using synthesis gas derived from coal and/or other carbonaceous feedstocks. The objective of Phase I is to determine the feasibility and define the concept for the EECP located at a specific site; develop a Research, Development, and Testing (RD and T) Plan for implementation in Phase II; and prepare a Preliminary Project Financing Plan. The objective of Phase II is to implement the work as outlined in the Phase I RD and T Plan to enhance the development and commercial acceptance of coproduction technology that produces high-value products, particularly those that are critical to our domestic fuel and power requirements. The project will resolve critical knowledge and technology gaps on the integration of gasification and downstream processing to coproduce some combination of power, fuels, and chemicals from coal and/or other carbonaceous feedstocks. The objective of Phase III is to develop an engineering design package and a financing plan for an EECP located at a specific site. The project's intended result is to provide the necessary technical, economic, and environmental information needed by industry to move the EECP forward to detailed design, construction, and operation

  7. Early Repolarization Syndrome

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    Frederic Sacher

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available The electrocardiographic pattern of early repolarization (ER is common, with a particularly high prevalence reported amongst athletes and adolescents. It has long been associated with benign outcome [1-3]. Recently, an association between inferolateral ER pattern and sudden cardiac death (SCD has been established by different groups [4-7]. Population-based studies have also reported an increased mortality rate among patients with inferolateral ER pattern compared to controls [7-9]. To bring back together these differences, it is important to focus on the definition of ER pattern used in these different studies as well as the population included. The definition of ER pattern associated with sudden cardiac death was the presence of J point elevation more than or equal to 0.1mV in at least 2 contiguous inferior and/or lateral leads of a standard 12-lead ECG and not ST elevation as it was often the case in the studies with benign outcome. Any study dealing with ER should clearly indicate the definition used. Otherwise it cannot be interpreted. Talking about definition, ER syndrome is an ER pattern (as defined above associated with symptoms (syncope or aborted SCD and/or familial history of SCD as mentioned in the last HRS/EHRA/APHRS Expert Consensus Statement on the Diagnosis and Management of Patients with Inherited Primary Arrhythmia Syndromes [10]. It is important to recognise that having only an ER pattern is not a disease.

  8. EARLY ENTRANCE COPRODUCTION PLANT

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    John S. Abughazaleh; Mushtaq Ahmed; Ashok Anand; John H. Anderson; Charles Benham; Fred D. Brent; Thomas E. Chance; William K. Davis; Raymond F. Drnevich; Larry Hall; Ming He; Stephen A. Lang; David Mintner; Wendy Moore; Jimmy O. Ong; George Potoczniak; Adela G. Sanchez; Charles H. Schrader; Lalit S. Shah; Kalapi D. Sheth; Phil J. Shires; Rae Song

    2001-05-17

    The overall objective of this project is the three-phase development of an Early Entrance Coproduction Plant (EECP) that produces at least one product from at least two of the following three categories: Electric power (or heat); Fuels; and Chemicals. The objective is to have these products produced by technologies capable of using synthesis gas derived from coal and/or some other carbonaceous feedstock, such as petroleum coke. The objective of Phase I was to determine the feasibility and define the concept for the EECP located at a specific site and to develop a Research, Development, and Testing (RD and T) Plan for implementation in Phase II. This objective has now been accomplished. A specific site, Motiva Refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, has been selected as the location best suited for the EECP. The accomplishments of Phase I are discussed in detail in this Phase I Concept Report. A RD and T Plan and a preliminary project financing plan have been developed and are submitted separately from this report.

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    Lalit S. Shah; William K. Davis

    2000-05-01

    The overall objective of this project is the three phase development of an Early Entrance Coproduction Plant (EECP) which produces at least one product from at least two of the following three categories: (1) electric power (or heat), (2) fuels, and (3) chemicals. The objective is to have these products produced by technologies capable of using synthesis gas derived from coal or coal in combination with some other carbonaceous feedstock. The objective of Phase I is to determine the feasibility and define the concept for the EECP located at a specific site and to develop a Research, Development, and Test Plan (RD and T) for implementation in Phase II. The objective of Phase II is to conduct RD and T as outlined in the Phase I RD and T Plan to enhance the development and commercial acceptance of Coproduction technology that produces high-value products, particularly those that are critical to our domestic fuel and power requirements. The project will resolve critical knowledge and technology gaps on the integration of gasification and downstream processing to coproduce some combination of power, fuels, and chemicals from coal and other feedstocks. The objective of Phase III is to develop an engineering design package and a financing plan for an EECP located at a specific site. The project's intended result is to provide the necessary technical, economic, and environmental information that will be needed to move the EECP forward to detailed design, construction, and operation by industry.

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    John S. Abughazaleh; Mushtaq Ahmed; Ashok Anand; John H. Anderson; Charles Benham; Fred D. Brent; Thomas E. Chance; William K. Davis; Raymond F. Drnevich; Larry Hall; Ming He; Stephen A. Lang; Jimmy O. Ong; Sarah J. Patel; George Potoczniak; Adela G. Sanchez; Charles H. Schrader; Lalit S. Shah; Phil J. Shires; Rae Song

    2000-10-26

    The overall objective of this project is the three phase development of an Early Entrance Coproduction Plant (EECP) which produces at least one product from at least two of the following three categories: (1) electric power (or heat), (2) fuels, and (3) chemicals. The objective is to have these products produced by technologies capable of using synthesis gas derived from coal and/or other carbonaceous feedstock. The objective of Phase I is to determine the feasibility and define the concept for the EECP located at a specific site and to develop a Research, Development, and Testing Plan (RD and T) for implementation in Phase II. The objective of Phase II is to implement the RD and T as outlined in the Phase I RD and T Plan to enhance the development and commercial acceptance of coproduction technology that produces high-value products, particularly those that are critical to our domestic fuel and power requirements. The project will resolve critical knowledge and technology gaps on the integration of gasification and downstream processing to coproduce some combination of power, fuels, and chemicals from coal and other feedstocks. The objective of Phase III is to develop an engineering design package and a financing plan for an EECP located at a specific site. The project's intended result is to provide the necessary technical, economic, and environmental information that will be needed to move the EECP forward to detailed design, construction, and operation by industry.

  11. Glimpses into the early Universe

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    Langlois, David(APC, CNRS-Université Paris 7, 10 rue Alice Domon et Léonie Duquet, 75205 Paris, France)

    2009-01-01

    This contribution gives a brief overview of the theoretical ideas underlying our current understanding of the early Universe. Confronting the predictions of the early Universe models with cosmological observations, in particular of the cosmic microwave background fluctuations, will improve our knowledge about the physics of the primordial Universe.

  12. Early interventions following psychological trauma.

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    Bryant, Richard A

    2002-09-01

    What is the best way to provide early interventions for psychiatric disorders after trauma? The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, have raised urgent concerns about the evidence for early treatments after trauma that can prevent psychiatric disorders. This review outlines the expected course of posttraumatic stress reactions and discusses the current means of identifying people who are at risk of developing disorders. A critique of psychological debriefing and an analysis of evidence for cognitive-behavioral therapy as an early intervention is provided. The major challenges for early intervention are discussed, including increasing treatment effectiveness, delivering therapy when it is required by thousands of people, and developing early interventions for a wide array of psychiatric disorders in addition to posttraumatic stress disorder that can develop following trauma. PMID:15097928

  13. Clinicopathological Study of Renal Amyloidosis

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    Usha, Rana Gopal Singh, Jai Parkash, Ruchi Kapoor, Sunita Rai, D.K. Sinha

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Study included 13 cases of renal amyloidosis.Oedema, feet and face was the commonest manifestation(100%, two patients (18.18% also presented with loose motions, ascites and pain in abdomen and onepatient had ankylosing spondylitis and cervical spondylitis. On clinical grounds only one case was diagnosedas primary amyloidosis of light chain type, who presented initially with cervical lymphadenopathy and 4years later with nephrotic syndrome. About 72.72% cases had some chronic disease in the terms oftuberculosis, ankylosing spondylitis, chronic ulcerative colitis, lepromatous leprosy, rheumatoid arthritisand one patient had carcinoma caecum. Congo red stain was positive in both, light chain deposit disease(LCDD and amyloidosis but polarizing microscope showed mixed birefringence (red, green, yellowonly in amyloidosis. In AFOG and PAS stain, amyloid appeared negative, only peripheral portion revealedblue and pink staining and central area appeared as cutout spaces. Congo red and methyl violet stains andpotassium permanganate treatment was not helpful in distinguishing AL amyloidosis from secondaryamyloidosis. Hence immunohistochemistry and myeloma profile is a must. It might be possible that inlight chain amyloidosis, treatment with methotrexate and prednisolone may improve survival.

  14. EARLY ENTRANCE COPRODUCTION PLANT

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    John H. Anderson; William K. Davis; Thomas W. Sloop

    2001-03-21

    As part of the Department of Energy's (DOE) Gasification Technologies and Transportation Fuels and Chemicals programs, DOE and Texaco are partners through Cooperative Agreement DE-FC26-99FT40658 to determine the feasibility of developing, constructing and operating an Early Entrance Coproduction Plant (EECP). The overall objective of the project is the three-phase development of an EECP that produces at least one product from at least two of the following three categories: Electric power (or heat); Fuels; and Chemicals. The objective is to have these products produced by technologies capable of using synthesis gas derived from coal and/or some other carbonaceous feedstock, such as petroleum coke. The objective of Phase I was to determine the feasibility and define the concept for the EECP located at a specific site and to develop a Research, Development, and Testing (RD and T) Plan for implementation in Phase II. This objective has now been accomplished. A specific site, Motiva Refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, has been selected as the location best suited for the EECP. The specific work requirements of Phase I included: Prepare an EECP Preliminary Concept Report covering Tasks 2-8 specified in the Cooperative Agreement; Develop a Research, Development, and Testing (RD and T) Plan as specified in Task 9 of the Cooperative Agreement for implementation in Phase II; and Develop a Preliminary Project Financing Plan for the EECP Project as specified in Task 10 of the Cooperative Agreement. This document is the Preliminary Project Financing Plan for the design, construction, and operation of the EECP at the Motiva Port Arthur Refinery.

  15. Early onset sebaceous carcinoma

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    Kaltreider Sara A

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Ocular sebaceous carcinoma can masquerade as benign lesions resulting in delay of diagnosis. Early recognition is even more difficult in young patients where the disease rarely occurs. Here, we provide a clinicopathological correlation of ocular sebaceous carcinoma in a young individual lacking history of hereditary cancer or immunosuppression. Findings A detailed histopathological study including p53 DNA sequencing was performed on an aggressive sebaceous carcinoma presenting in a healthy 32 year-old Caucasian woman. She had no history of retinoblastoma, evidence for a hereditary cancer syndrome, or radiation therapy. However, she potentially was at risk for excessive UV light exposure. A detailed review of the literature is also provided. A moderately well differentiated sebaceous carcinoma was established histopathologically arising from the meibomian gland of the upper eyelid. In most areas, the cytoplasm contained small but distinct Oil-red-O positive vacuoles. Direct sequencing of p53 identified a G:C?A:T mutation at a dipyrimidine site. The mutation results in substitution of arginine for the highly conserved glycine at residue 199 located at the p53 dimer-dimer interface. Energy minimization structural modeling predicts that G199R will neutralize negative charges contributed by nearby inter- and intramonomeric glutamate residues. Discussion This study points to the importance of recognizing that sebaceous carcinoma can occur in young patients with no evidence for hereditary cancer risk or radiation therapy. The G199R substitution is anticipated to alter the stability of the p53 tetrameric complex. The role of UV light in the etiology of sebaceous carcinoma deserves further study. Our findings, taken together with those of others, suggest that different environmental factors could lead to the development of sebaceous carcinoma in different patients.

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    David Storm; Govanon Nongbri; Steve Decanio; Ming He; Lalit Shah; Charles Schrader; Earl Berry; Peter Ricci; Belma Demirel; Charles Benham; Mark Bohn

    2004-01-12

    The overall objective of this project is the three phase development of an Early Entrance Coproduction Plant (EECP) which uses petroleum coke to produce at least one product from at least two of the following three categories: (1) electric power (or heat), (2) fuels, and (3) chemicals using ChevronTexaco's proprietary gasification technology. The objective of Phase I is to determine the feasibility and define the concept for the EECP located at a specific site; develop a Research, Development, and Testing (RD&T) Plan to mitigate technical risks and barriers; and prepare a Preliminary Project Financing Plan. The objective of Phase II is to implement the work as outlined in the Phase I RD&T Plan to enhance the development and commercial acceptance of coproduction technology. The objective of Phase III is to develop an engineering design package and a financing and testing plan for an EECP located at a specific site. The project's intended result is to provide the necessary technical, economic, and environmental information needed by industry to move the EECP forward to detailed design, construction, and operation. The partners in this project are Texaco Energy Systems LLC or TES (a subsidiary of ChevronTexaco), General Electric (GE), Praxair, and Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR) in addition to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). TES is providing gasification technology and Fischer-Tropsch (F-T) technology developed by Rentech, Inc., GE is providing combustion turbine technology, Praxair is providing air separation technology, and KBR is providing engineering. During Phase I, a design basis for the Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis section was developed based on limited experience with the specified feed gas and operating conditions. The objective of this Task in Phase II RD&T work was to confirm the performance of the F-T reactor at the set design conditions. Although much of the research, development, and testing work were done by TES outside of this project, several important issues were addressed in this phase of the project. They included Rejuvenation/Regeneration of the Fischer-Tropsch Catalyst, online Catalyst Withdrawal and Addition from the synthesis reactor, and the Fischer-Tropsch Design Basis Confirmation. In Phase III the results from these RD&T work will be incorporated in developing the engineering design package. This Topical Report documents the Phase II RD&T work that was completed for this task.

  17. EARLY ENTRANCE COPRODUCTION PLANT

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    John Anderson; Charles Schrader

    2004-01-26

    In 1999, the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded a Cooperative Agreement to Texaco Energy Systems Inc. to provide a preliminary engineering design of an Early Entrance Coproduction Plant (EECP). Since the award, continuous and diligent work has been undertaken to achieve the design of an economical facility that makes strides toward attaining the goal of DOE's Vision 21 Program. The objective of the EECP is to convert coal and/or petroleum coke to power while coproducing transportation fuels, chemicals, and useful utilities such as steam. This objective is being pursued in a three-phase effort through the partnership of the DOE with prime contractor Texaco Energy Systems, LLC. (TES), the successor to Texaco Energy Systems, Inc. The key subcontractors to TES include General Electric (GE), Praxair, and Kellogg Brown and Root. ChevronTexaco provided gasification technology and Rentech Inc.'s Fischer-Tropsch (F-T) technology that has been developed for non-natural gas sources. GE provided gas turbine technology for the combustion of low energy content gas. Praxair provided air separation technology and KBR provided engineering to integrate the facility. A conceptual design was completed in Phase I and the report was accepted by the DOE in May 2001. The Phase I work identified risks and critical research, development, and testing that would improve the probability of technical success of the EECP. The objective of Phase II was to mitigate the risks by executing research, development, and testing. Results from the Phase II work are the subject of this report. As the work of Phase II concluded, it became evident that sufficient, but not necessarily complete, technical information and data would be available to begin Phase III - Preliminary Engineering Design. Work in Phase II requires additional technical development work to correctly apply technology at a specific site. The project's intended result is to provide the necessary technical, economic, and environmental information needed by industry to move the EECP forward to detailed design, construction, and operation. The decision to proceed with Phase III centers on locating a new site and favorable commercial and economic factors.

  18. Early Maternal Time Investment and Early Child Outcomes

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    Del Bono, Emilia; Francesconi, Marco; Kelly, Yvonne; Sacker, Amanda

    2014-01-01

    Using large longitudinal survey data from the UK Millennium Cohort Study, this paper estimates the effect of maternal time inputs on early child development. We find that maternal time is a quantitatively important determinant of skill formation and that its effect declines with child age. There is evidence of a long shadow of the effect of early maternal time inputs on later outcomes, especially in the case of cognitive skill development. In the case of non-cognitive development, this effect...

  19. Early eruption of permanent canines

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    S Madhu

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Systemic and local factors can modify the eruption time of teeth. Generalized eruption time changes could be due to some systemic diseases like hyperthyroidism, hypophosphatasia, precocious puberty, Proteus syndrome, etc. Localized early eruption of permanent teeth could be due to early extraction of deciduous teeth. Presented here is an extremely rare case of early eruption of permanent canines in a 7-year old female child. Though the number of such cases is very limited, the clinician should poses adequate knowledge and keeps an open eye to identify such cases.

  20. Morphogenesis of early stage melanoma

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    Chatelain, Clément; Amar, Martine Ben

    2015-08-01

    Melanoma early detection is possible by simple skin examination and can insure a high survival probability when successful. However it requires efficient methods for identifying malignant lesions from common moles. This paper provides an overview first of the biological and physical mechanisms controlling melanoma early evolution, and then of the clinical tools available today for detecting melanoma in vivo at an early stage. It highlights the lack of diagnosis methods rationally linking macroscopic observables to the microscopic properties of the tissue, which define the malignancy of the tumor. The possible inputs of multiscale models for improving these methods are shortly discussed.

  1. Depression at an Early Age.

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    Alper, Joseph

    1986-01-01

    Addresses the crisis associated with adolescent affective disorders and probes potential genetics, environmental, and physiological factors. Reviews case examples of depression, eating disorders, and suicide among youths. States clinical implications and advocates early diagnosis and treatment. (ML)

  2. Bifurcation in the early cosmos

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    Dissipative processes can provoke the appearance of bifurcation in autonomous nonlinear differential equations, generating an indeterminacy in the physical system. It is shown that in such a case this indeterminacy exists in the early cosmos

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    Dissipative processes can provoke the appearance of bifurcation in autonomous non-linear differential equations, generating an indeterminacy in the physical system. The authors show that such indeterminacy does exist in the early Cosmos. (Auth.)

  4. Early Retiree Reinsurance Program Reports

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — The Early Retiree Reinsurance Program (ERRP) was established by section 1102 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the Affordable Care Act) enacted on...

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    Fred D. Brent; Lalit Shah; Earl Berry; Charles H. Schrader; John Anderson; Ming He; James F. Stevens; Centha A. Davis; Michael Henley; Jerome Mayer; Harry Tsang; Jimell Erwin; Jennifer Adams; Michael Tillman; Chris Taylor; Marjan J. Roos; Robert F. Earhart

    2004-01-27

    The overall objective of this project is the three phase development of an Early Entrance Coproduction Plant (EECP) which uses petroleum coke to produce at least one product from at least two of the following three categories: (1) electric power (or heat), (2) fuels, and (3) chemicals using ChevronTexaco's proprietary gasification technology. The objective of Phase I is to determine the feasibility and define the concept for the EECP located at a specific site; develop a Research, Development, and Testing (RD&T) Plan to mitigate technical risks and barriers; and prepare a Preliminary Project Financing Plan. The objective of Phase II is to implement the work as outlined in the Phase I RD&T Plan to enhance the development and commercial acceptance of coproduction technology. The objective of Phase III is to develop an engineering design package and a financing and testing plan for an EECP located at a specific site. The project's intended result is to provide the necessary technical, economic, and environmental information needed by industry to move the EECP forward to detailed design, construction, and operation. The partners in this project are Texaco Energy Systems LLC or TES (a subsidiary of ChevronTexaco), General Electric (GE), Praxair, and Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR) in addition to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). TES is providing gasification technology and Fischer-Tropsch (F-T) technology developed by Rentech, GE is providing combustion turbine technology, Praxair is providing air separation technology, and KBR is providing engineering. Each of the EECP subsystems was assessed for technical risks and barriers. A plan was developed to mitigate the identified risks (Phase II RD&T Plan, October 2000). The potential technical and economic risks to the EECP from Task 2.5 can be mitigated by demonstrating that the end-use products derived from the upgrading of the F-T synthesis total liquid product can meet or exceed current specifications for the manufacture of ethylene and propylene chemicals from F-T naphtha, for the generation of hydrogen from F-T naphtha to power fuel cells, for direct blending of F-T diesels into transportation fuels, for the conversion of F-T heavy product wax to transportation fuels, and the conversion of F-T Heavy product wax to a valuable high melting point food-grade specialty wax product. Product evaluations conducted under Task 2.5 of Phase II successfully mitigated the above technical and economic risks to the EECP with the development of product yields and product qualities for the production of chemicals, transportation fuels, and specialty food-grade waxes from the F-T synthesis products.

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    John Anderson; Mark Anselmo; Earl Berry; Mark Bohn; Roko Bujas; Ming He; Ken Kwik; Charles H. Schrader; Lalit Shah; Dennis Slater; Donald Todd; Don Wall

    2003-08-21

    The overall objective of this project is the three phase development of an Early Entrance Coproduction Plant (EECP) which uses petroleum coke to produce at least one product from at least two of the following three categories: (1) electric power (or heat), (2) fuels, and (3) chemicals using ChevronTexaco's proprietary gasification technology. The objective of Phase I is to determine the feasibility and define the concept for the EECP located at a specific site; develop a Research, Development, and Testing (RD&T) Plan to mitigate technical risks and barriers; and prepare a Preliminary Project Financing Plan. The objective of Phase II is to implement the work as outlined in the Phase I RD&T Plan to enhance the development and commercial acceptance of coproduction technology. The objective of Phase III is to develop an engineering design package and a financing and testing plan for an EECP located at a specific site. The project's intended result is to provide the necessary technical, economic, and environmental information needed by industry to move the EECP forward to detailed design, construction, and operation. The partners in this project are Texaco Energy Systems LLC (TES), a subsidiary of ChevronTexaco, General Electric (GE), Praxair, and Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR) in addition to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). TES is providing gasification technology and Fischer-Tropsch (F-T) technology developed by Rentech, Inc. GE is providing combustion turbine technology, Praxair is providing air separation technology, and KBR is providing engineering. Each of the EECP subsystems were assessed for technical risks and barriers. A plan was identified to mitigate the identified risks (Phase II RD&T Plan, October 2000). The RD&T Plan identified catalyst/wax separation as a potential technical and economic risk. To mitigate risks to the proposed EECP, Phase II RD&T included tests of an alternative (to Rentech's Dynamic Settler) primary catalyst/wax separation device and secondary catalyst/wax separation systems. The team evaluated multiple technologies for both primary and secondary catalyst/wax separation. Based on successful testing at Rentech (outside of DOE funding) and difficulties in finalizing a contract to demonstrate alternative primary catalyst/wax separation technology (using magnetic separation technology), ChevronTexaco has selected the Rentech Dynamic Settler for primary catalyst/wax separation. Testing has shown the Dynamic Settler is capable of producing filtrate exceeding the proposed EECP primary catalyst/wax separation goal of less than 0.1 wt%. The LCI Scepter{reg_sign} Microfiltration system appeared to be best suited for producing a filtrate that met the EECP secondary catalyst/wax separation standards of 10 parts per million (weight) [ppmw]. The other technologies, magnetic separation and electrostatic separation, were promising and able to reduce the solids concentrations in the filtrate. Additional RD&T will be needed for magnetic separation and electrostatic separation technologies to obtain 10 ppmw filtrate required for the proposed EECP. The Phase II testing reduces the technical and economic risks and provides the information necessary to proceed with the development of an engineering design for the EECP Fischer-Tropsch catalyst/wax separation system.

  7. EARLY ENTRANCE COPRODUCTION PLANT

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    Charles Benham; Mark Bohn; John Anderson; Earl Berry; Fred Brent; Ming He; Randy Roberts; Lalit Shah; Marjan Roos

    2003-09-15

    The 1999 U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) award to Texaco Energy Systems Inc. (presently Texaco Energy Systems LLC, a subsidiary of ChevronTexaco) was made to provide a Preliminary Engineering Design of an Early Entrance Coproduction Plant (EECP). Since the award presentation, work has been undertaken to achieve an economical concept design that makes strides toward the DOE Vision 21 goal. The objective of the EECP is to convert coal and/or petroleum coke to electric power plus transportation fuels, chemicals and useful utilities such as steam. The use of petroleum coke was added as a fuel to reduce the cost of feedstock and also to increase the probability of commercial implementation of the EECP concept. This objective has been pursued in a three phase effort through the partnership of the DOE with prime contractor Texaco Energy Systems LLC and subcontractors General Electric (GE), Praxair, and Kellogg Brown and Root (KBR). ChevronTexaco is providing gasification technology and Rentech's Fischer-Tropsch technology that has been developed for non-natural gas feed sources. GE is providing gas turbine technology for the combustion of low energy content gas. Praxair is providing air separation technology, and KBR is providing engineering to integrate the facility. The objective of Phase I was to determine the feasibility and define the concept for the EECP located at a specific site; develop a Research, Development, and Testing (RD&T) Plan to mitigate technical risks and barriers; and prepare a Preliminary Project Financing Plan. The objective of Phase II is to implement the work as outlined in the Phase I RD&T Plan to enhance the development and commercial acceptance of coproduction technology. The objective of Phase III is to develop an engineering design package and a financing and testing plan for an EECP located at a specific site. Phase I Preliminary Concept Report was completed in 2000. The Phase I Preliminary Concept Report was prepared based on making assumptions for the basis of design for various technologies that are part of the EECP concept. The Phase I Preliminary Concept Report was approved by the DOE in May 2001. The Phase I work identified technical and economic risks and critical research, development, and testing that would improve the probability of the technical and economic success of the EECP. The Project Management Plan (Task 1) for Phase II was approved by the DOE in 2001. The results of RD&T efforts for Phase II are expected to improve the quality of assumptions made in Phase I for basis of design for the EECP concept. The RD&T work plan (Task 2 and 3) for Phase II has been completed. As the RD&T work conducted during Phase II concluded, it became evident that sufficient, but not necessarily complete, technical information and data would be available to begin Phase III - Basic Engineering Design. Also due to the merger of Chevron and Texaco, the proposed refinery site for the EECP was not available. It became apparent that some additional technical development work would be needed to correctly apply the technology at a specific site. The objective of Task 4 of Phase II is to update the concept basis of design produced during Phase I. As part of this task, items that will require design basis changes and are not site dependent have been identified. The team has qualitatively identified the efforts to incorporate the impacts of changes on EECP concept. The design basis has been modified to incorporate those changes. The design basis changes for those components of EECP that are site and feedstock dependent will be done as part of Phase III, once the site has been selected.

  8. Early Functional Abilities

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    Lorentzen, Jakob; Poulsen, Ingrid

    2005-01-01

    Early Functional Abilities (EFA), - en skala til evaluering af behandlingsforløb af svært hjerneskadede patienter i forbindelse med tidlig rehabilitering. Formål At monitorere og dokumentere rehabiliteringsforløbet for svært hjerneskadede patienter, hvor funktionsniveauet endnu ikke kan registreres på ADL skalaer (fx FIM og Barthel Indeks) og hvor reaktionerne på sensoriske stimuli i koma-skalaer (fx Glasgow Coma Score og Koma Remissions Skala) ikke beskriver forandringerne tilstrækkeligt pga. gulv- og loft effekt. Beskrivelse af EFA Skalaen udføres tværfagligt af de faggrupper der sædvanligvis deltager i teamet omkring patientens rehabilitering og består af fire funktionsområder, der hver især har underpunkter (items): Det vegetative system: sygeplejepersonale (fire items) Facio-oral function: ergoterapeut, logopæd, sygeplejepersonale (fire items) Sensomotorisk funktion: fysioterapeuter (syv items) Kognitiv funktion: ergoterapeut, neuropsykolog (fem items) De fire områder reflekterer ifølge kildematerialet de områder, der er centrale at vurdere som tidlige funktionelle færdigheder for den senhjerneskadede patient (ikke medfødte hjerneskader), og som netop skulle gøre at responsen på den tidlige rehabilitering kan registreres. Indenfor hvert af de 20 items gives 1-5 point, efter patientens funktionsniveau. Der kan gives mellem 20-100 point. Pointene gives efter både kvalitative og kvantitative krav til funktionen. Skalaens 20 items er sidestillede dvs. ikke hierarkisk opbygget i forhold til sværhedsgrad. Selve scoringen udføres enten ved at fagpersonerne hver for sig har foretaget en scoring, for derefter at foretage en fælles tværfaglig scoring, eller ved at alle foretager scoringen sammen, men hvor hver faggruppe er ansvarlig for deres eget område. Det er patientens bedste respons der registreres udfra observationer i dagligdagen. For at kunne følge patienterne over tid, anbefales det at patienten scores indenfor de første tre dage efter indlæggelse og derefter hver 14 dag. Oversættelse Skalaen er oversat til dansk, men ikke efter standardiseret metode. Der er fundet en del oversættelsesfejl, som gør at en skalaen planlægges oversat efter standardiseret metode i nærmeste fremtid. Målgruppe Skalaen blev oprindeligt anbefalet til svært hjerneskadede patienter, men senere er den også anbefalet til moderat skadede patienter. Skalaen anvendes bl.a. på de to steder i Danmark hvor den tidlige rehabilitering efter svære hjernetraume finder sted (Hvidovre Hospital og Hammel Neurocenter). Tidsforbrug Tidsforbruget for scoringen er 10-15 minutter for hver faggruppe. Udgifter Ingen Reliabilitet og validitet Der findes kun to referencer, der belyser reliabilitet og validitet. De konkluderer begge, at skalaen er pålidelig. Der kan dog stilles spørgsmålstegn ved både metode og datakvalitet i disse undersøgelser. Der ses lille interrater variabilitet mellem forskellige faggrupper. Undersøgelser af intern konsistens (Cronbach´s Alpha) viser høje værdier, tydende på god indre sammenhæng i skalaen, men at nogle item måske kunne udelades. Validiteten er undersøgt via kriterievaliditet, hvor det konkluderes at skalaen opfylder et tomrum mellem koma skalere og ADL skalaer. Den anvendte statiske metode er dog ikke egnet til at vise dette. Derudover er der udført face validitet som konkluderer at skalaen giver et umiddelbart godt billede af patientens funktionsniveau. Konklusion EFA skalaen har sin berettigelse i rehabilitering af svært hjerneskadede patienter. Den giver god klinisk information om patienternes funktionsniveau og ændringer over tid, hvor komaskalaer og ADL skalaer ikke er tilstrækkelige pga. loft- og gulveffekt. Skalaen bør oversættes efter standardiseret metode, reliabilitetstestes som den anvendes, nemlig af det tværfaglige team, og der bør gennemføres validering af den nyoversatte skala.

  9. Early diagnosis of breast cancer

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    Modern data are presentd on epidemology etiopathogensis and statistics of breast cancer. Home and international clinical and histological classifications is given. Much attention is paid to the methods for early diagnosis of pretumor diseases and breast cancer: clinical roentgenomammography, thrmography and computerized tomomammography. The role of self-examination in cancer early detection has been analyzed. Special attention is paid to system of detection of minimal and unpalpable form of breast cancer, screening of these tumors. 113 refs.; 60 figs.; 6 tabs

  10. Gesturing in the early universities

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    O’Boyle, Cornelius

    2000-01-01

    Research into the oral and literary traditions of scholastic education usually emphasizes the significance of the word in late medieval pedagogy. This paper suggests that coded hand signals provided early university scholars with an important non-verbal means of communication too. Using illustrations of classroom scenes from early university manuscripts, this paper analyzes the artistic conventions for representing gestures that these images embody. By building up a typology of these gesticul...

  11. NASA Early Career Fellowship Program

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    Smith, H. D.

    2012-12-01

    The Early Career Fellowship program was established in 2005 to facilitate the integration of outstanding early career planetary science researchers into established research funding programs by providing tools and experience useful to maintain a successful research program. Executing a successful research program requires a few key elements such as: successful proposal writing; adequate (paid) research time; management of a laboratory; collaboration and networking; frequent and high-quality publications; and adequate start-up equipment funds. These elements may be particularly critical for early career researchers searching for a tenure- track or equivalent position. The Early Career Fellowship program recognizes the importance of these skills and provides extra funding and resources to begin a successful research program. For consideration into The Early Career Fellowship program, the candidate needs to be the P. I. or Science P.I. of a funded research proposal from one of the participating R&A program areas, be within 7 years of earning a PhD, hold a non-tenure track position, and indicate the early career candidacy when submitting the research proposal. If the research proposal is funded and the discipline scientist nominates the candidate as an early career fellow, the candidate is then considered a Fellow and eligible to propose for Step 2. Upon obtaining a tenure-track equivalent position the Fellow submits a Step 2 proposal for up to one hundred thousand dollars in start-up funds. Start-up funds may be used for salary; undergraduate and/or graduate research assistants; supplies and instrument upgrades; travel to conferences, meetings, and advisory groups; time and travel for learning new skills; publication page charges; books and journal subscriptions; computer time and/or specialized software; and other justified research-specific needs. The early career fellowship program provides resources that a more established scientist would have acquired allowing the Fellow to be a better job applicant. NASA opportunities from the undergraduate to postdoctoral level are also discussed.

  12. Expertise of Early Childhood Educators

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    Iiris Happo; Kaarina Määttä

    2011-01-01

    Every preschool age child in Finland has the right to day care and the expertise of educators is multidimensional. The aim of this article is to clarify the expertise of those early childhood educators, who have the competence of kindergarten teachers (n = 80). The data consisted of the early educators’ stories of their growth towards expertise. The analysis was carried out by the methods of content analysis. As the results, three key competences of the informants were created: 1) contextual ...

  13. EARLY ENTRANCE COPRODUCTION PLANT

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    Fred D. Brent; Lalit Shah; Earl Berry; Charles H. Schrader; John Anderson; J. Erwin; Matthew G. Banks; Terry L. Ullman

    2004-01-12

    The overall objective of this project is the three phase development of an Early Entrance Coproduction Plant (EECP) which uses petroleum coke to produce at least one product from at least two of the following three categories: (1) electric power (or heat), (2) fuels, and (3) chemicals using ChevronTexaco's proprietary gasification technology. The objective of Phase I is to determine the feasibility and define the concept for the EECP located at a specific site; develop a Research, Development, and Testing (RD&T) Plan to mitigate technical risks and barriers; and prepare a Preliminary Project Financing Plan. The objective of Phase II is to implement the work as outlined in the Phase I RD&T Plan to enhance the development and commercial acceptance of coproduction technology. The objective of Phase III is to develop an engineering design package and a financing and testing plan for an EECP located at a specific site. The project's intended result is to provide the necessary technical, economic, and environmental information needed by industry to move the EECP forward to detailed design, construction, and operation. The partners in this project are Texaco Energy Systems LLC or TES (a subsidiary of ChevronTexaco), General Electric (GE), Praxair, and Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR) in addition to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). TES is providing gasification technology and Fischer-Tropsch (F-T) technology developed by Rentech, GE is providing combustion turbine technology, Praxair is providing air separation technology, and KBR is providing engineering. Each of the EECP subsystems was assessed for technical risks and barriers. A plan was developed to mitigate the identified risks (Phase II RD&T Plan, October 2000). Phase II RD&T Task 2.6 identified as potential technical risks to the EECP the fuel/engine performance and emissions of the F-T diesel fuel products. Hydrotreating the neat F-T diesel product reduces potentially reactive olefins, oxygenates, and acids levels and alleviates corrosion and fuel stability concerns. Future coproduction plants can maximize valuable transportation diesel by hydrocracking the F-T Synthesis wax product to diesel and naphtha. The upgraded neat F-T diesel, hydrotreater F-T diesel, and hydrocracker F-T diesel products would be final blending components in transportation diesel fuel. Phase II RD&T Task 2.6 successfully carried out fuel lubricity property testing, fuel response to lubricity additives, and hot-start transient emission tests on a neat F-T diesel product, a hydrocracker F-T diesel product, a blend of hydrotreater and hydrocracker F-T diesel products, and a Tier II California Air Resources Board (CARB)-like diesel reference fuel. Only the neat F-T diesel passed lubricity inspection without additive while the remaining three fuel candidates passed with conventional additive treatment. Hot-start transient emission tests were conducted on the four fuels in accordance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Federal Test Procedure (FTP) specified in Code of Federal Regulations, Title 40, Part 86, and Subpart N on a rebuilt 1991 Detroit Diesel Corporation Series 60 heavy-duty diesel engine. Neat F-T diesel fuel reduced oxides of nitrogen (NO{sub x}), total particulate (PM), hydrocarbons (HC), carbon monoxide (CO), and the Soluble Organic Fraction (SOF) by 4.5%, 31%, 50%, 29%, and 35%, respectively, compared to the Tier II CARB-like diesel. The hydrocracker F-T diesel product and a blend of hydrocracker and hydrotreater F-T diesel products also reduced NO{sub x}, PM, HC, CO and SOF by 13%, 16% to 17%, 38% to 63%, 17% to 21% and 21% to 39% compared to the Tier II CARB-like diesel. The fuel/engine performance and emissions of the three F-T diesel fuels exceed the performance of a Tier II CARB-like diesel. Phase II RD&T Task 2.6 successfully met the lubricity property testing and F-T diesel fuel hot-start transient emissions test objectives. The results of the testing help mitigate potential economic risks on obtaining a premium price for the F-T di

  14. Validation of Portuguese-translated computer touch-screen questionnaires in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and spondyloarthritis, compared with paper formats.

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    Cunha-Miranda, Luís; Santos, Helena; Miguel, Cláudia; Silva, Cândida; Barcelos, Filipe; Borges, Joana; Trinca, Ricardo; Vicente, Vera; Silva, Tiago

    2015-12-01

    The aim of this paper was to assess the validity and reliability of the touch-screen standard Portuguese version of the following patient-reported outcomes (PROs), compared with paper format, in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and spondyloarthritis: Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index (BASDAI), Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Functional Index (BASFI), Ankylosing Spondylitis Quality of Life scale (ASQoL), Short-Form 36 (SF-36), Health Assessment Questionnaire (HAQ) and visual analogue scales (VAS) measuring pain and burden of disease. Adult patients with RA and spondyloarthritis attending the Portuguese Institute of Rheumatology were recruited from March 2013 to January 2014. Patients filled the paper and touch-screen formats of the standard Portuguese versions of the PROs. Two groups of VAS were used, RA and psoriatic arthritis (Global VAS) and another specific for spondyloarthrites (Spa-VAS). Paper questionnaires were filled 15 min before touch-screen formats. Agreement between formats (validity) was assessed by intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC), while internal consistency of scales (reliability) was assessed by Cronbach's alpha. Overall, 134 patients were included with a mean age of 51 years, 74.6 % female and 57.5 % presenting RA. BASDAI, BASFI, HAQ and ASQoL showed high ICC between paper and touch-screen formats (0.977, 0.958, 0.974 and 0.940, respectively). ICC for Global VAS ranged from 0.906 to 0.921, while Spa-VAS ranged from 0.867 to 0.943. The mean ICC for all SF-36 domains was 0.889 (ICC for each domain ranged from 0.781 to 0.944). Touch-screen standard Portuguese formats of these PROs may be valid and reliable tools for PRO measurement in rheumatology. PMID:26346588

  15. Sensitivity and specificity of plain radiographic features of peripheral enthesopathy at major sites in psoriatic arthritis

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    It has been proposed that the defining difference between rheumatoid arthritis and spondyloarthropathy (including psoriatic arthritis) is the initial pathological lesion where the emphasis in psoriatic arthritis is on the enthesis and in rheumatoid arthritis on the synovium. Classical radiological descriptions of seronegative spondyloarthropathy include enthesopathy at major entheseal insertions characterised by erosions and exuberant new bone formation. In this study, the plain radiographic features of spondyloarthropathy are compared between psoriatic arthritis, other spondyloarthropathies and rheumatoid arthritis. The CASPAR study collected clinical, radiological and laboratory data on 588 patients with physician diagnosed psoriatic arthritis and 525 controls with other inflammatory arthritis, 70% of which had rheumatoid arthritis. Plain radiographs of the pelvis and heels were part of the study protocol, although radiographs of other potential entheseal sites such as the knee, elbow and shoulder, were interpreted if available. All radiographs were read blind by two observers working in tandem. Significant differences in entheseal erosion and entheseal new bone formation were found between psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, undifferentiated spondyloarthropathy, rheumatoid arthritis and other diagnoses (entheseal erosion, chi-squared 20.8, p = 0.008; entheseal new bone formation, chi-squared 24.5, p = 0.001). These differences were mainly due to a higher proportion of these features in ankylosing spondylitis. No differences in the plain radiographic features of enthesopathy were found between psoriatic arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis except in the case of entheseal new bone formation at sites of attachment of inguinal ligament, sartorius and rectus femoris muscles to the ilium (OR 3.01, 95% CI 1.13-8.02). Very few subjects with symptomatic heel involvement had radiographic changes and minimal differences were found between those with and without symptoms in terms of new bone formation and erosion at either calcaneal site. New bone formation and erosion at major entheseal sites is most commonly seen in ankylosing spondylitis. Plain radiographic features of major enthesopathy are poor discriminators between psoriatic arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. (orig.)

  16. Sensitivity and specificity of plain radiographic features of peripheral enthesopathy at major sites in psoriatic arthritis

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    Helliwell, P.S. [University of Leeds, Academic Unit of Musculoskeletal and Rehabilitation Medicine, Leeds (United Kingdom); Porter, G. [Airedale Hospital NHS Trust, Keighley, West Yorkshire (United Kingdom)

    2007-11-15

    It has been proposed that the defining difference between rheumatoid arthritis and spondyloarthropathy (including psoriatic arthritis) is the initial pathological lesion where the emphasis in psoriatic arthritis is on the enthesis and in rheumatoid arthritis on the synovium. Classical radiological descriptions of seronegative spondyloarthropathy include enthesopathy at major entheseal insertions characterised by erosions and exuberant new bone formation. In this study, the plain radiographic features of spondyloarthropathy are compared between psoriatic arthritis, other spondyloarthropathies and rheumatoid arthritis. The CASPAR study collected clinical, radiological and laboratory data on 588 patients with physician diagnosed psoriatic arthritis and 525 controls with other inflammatory arthritis, 70% of which had rheumatoid arthritis. Plain radiographs of the pelvis and heels were part of the study protocol, although radiographs of other potential entheseal sites such as the knee, elbow and shoulder, were interpreted if available. All radiographs were read blind by two observers working in tandem. Significant differences in entheseal erosion and entheseal new bone formation were found between psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, undifferentiated spondyloarthropathy, rheumatoid arthritis and other diagnoses (entheseal erosion, chi-squared 20.8, p = 0.008; entheseal new bone formation, chi-squared 24.5, p = 0.001). These differences were mainly due to a higher proportion of these features in ankylosing spondylitis. No differences in the plain radiographic features of enthesopathy were found between psoriatic arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis except in the case of entheseal new bone formation at sites of attachment of inguinal ligament, sartorius and rectus femoris muscles to the ilium (OR 3.01, 95% CI 1.13-8.02). Very few subjects with symptomatic heel involvement had radiographic changes and minimal differences were found between those with and without symptoms in terms of new bone formation and erosion at either calcaneal site. New bone formation and erosion at major entheseal sites is most commonly seen in ankylosing spondylitis. Plain radiographic features of major enthesopathy are poor discriminators between psoriatic arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. (orig.)

  17. [Early diagnosis, early therapy and prognosis of epidemic cerebrospinal meningitis].

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    Lobzin, V S; Al'tfel'd, Iu S; Lobzin, Iu V

    1976-09-01

    The authors convened a special study for purposes of determining early signs of epidemic cerebrospinal meningitis and for the dependence of the prognosis from early etiotropic and pathogenetic therapy. On the basis of a study of 93 cases criteria of early diagnosis are being given. Unlike the data in literature, in 60.2% of the cases it was possible to initiate treatment during the first hours of the disease and in 94.6% -- not later than 48 hours. In most of the cases the disease had a grave course. Changed consciousness was observed in 55.9%, an increased amount of protein in the CSF -- in 58%. In 8 cases there was a syndrome of acute renal insufficiency. Despite these facts all the patients recovered. The authors come to the conclusion that prognosis may be significantly improved in cases of early diagnosis (during the first hours), intensive penicillin therapy (both intravenously and kanamicin into the carotid artery). The authors suggest that during reconvalescence it is feasible to prescribe resolving (pyrogenal lydase) and general therapy. PMID:1015133

  18. Istanbul Earthquake Early Warning System

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    Alcik, H.; Mert, A.; Ozel, O.; Erdik, M.

    2007-12-01

    As part of the preparations for the future earthquake in Istanbul a Rapid Response and Early Warning system in the metropolitan area is in operation. For the Early Warning system ten strong motion stations were installed as close as possible to the fault zone. Continuous on-line data from these stations via digital radio modem provide early warning for potentially disastrous earthquakes. Considering the complexity of fault rupture and the short fault distances involved, a simple and robust Early Warning algorithm, based on the exceedance of specified threshold time domain amplitude levels is implemented. The band-pass filtered accelerations and the cumulative absolute velocity (CAV) are compared with specified threshold levels. When any acceleration or CAV (on any channel) in a given station exceeds specific threshold values it is considered a vote. Whenever we have 2 station votes within selectable time interval, after the first vote, the first alarm is declared. In order to specify the appropriate threshold levels a data set of near field strong ground motions records form Turkey and the world has been analyzed. Correlations among these thresholds in terms of the epicenter distance the magnitude of the earthquake have been studied. The encrypted early warning signals will be communicated to the respective end users. Depending on the location of the earthquake (initiation of fault rupture) and the recipient facility the alarm time can be as high as about 8s. The first users of the early warning signal will be the Istanbul gas company (IGDAS) and the metro line using the immersed tube tunnel (MARMARAY). Other prospective users are power plants and power distribution systems, nuclear research facilities, critical chemical factories, petroleum facilities and high-rise buildings. In this study, different algorithms based on PGA, CAV and various definitions of instrumental intensity will be discussed and triggering threshold levels of these parameters will be studied. More complex algorithms based on artificial neural networks (ANN) can also be used [Boese et al., 2003]. ANN approach considers the problem of earthquake early-warning as a pattern recognition task. The seismic patterns can be defined by the shape and frequency content of the parts of accelerograms that are available at each time step. ANN can extract the engineering parameters PGA, CAV and instrumental intensity from these patterns, and map them to any location in the surrounded area. Boese M., Erdik, M., Wenzel, F. (2003), Artificial Neural Networks for Earthquake Early Warning, Proceedings AGU2003 Abstracts, S42B-0155

  19. Early diagnosis of lung cancer

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    Unanimity does not exist about the utility and organisation of screening procedures for early diagnosis of lung cancer. We describe a low cost structue of screening, requiring only a minimum of compliance from the elderly smoker and ex-smoker. At 4 months interval, radiographs, sputum cytologies and eventual fiberbronchoscopies are realized in all that elderly smokers and ex-smokers which begin to present one of the first early lung cancer signs or symptoms (loss of weight, hemoptoe, thoracic pain and others). (orig.)

  20. Early exit: Estimating and explaining early exit from drug treatment

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    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Early exit (drop-out from drug treatment can mean that drug users do not derive the full benefits that treatment potentially offers. Additionally, it may mean that scarce treatment resources are used inefficiently. Understanding the factors that lead to early exit from treatment should enable services to operate more effectively and better reduce drug related harm. To date, few studies have focused on drop-out during the initial, engagement phase of treatment. This paper describes a mixed method study of early exit from English drug treatment services. Methods Quantitative data (n = 2,624 was derived from three English drug action team areas; two metropolitan and one provincial. Hierarchical linear modelling (HLM was used to investigate predictors of early-exit while controlling for differences between agencies. Qualitative interviews were conducted with 53 ex-clients and 16 members of staff from 10 agencies in these areas to explore their perspectives on early exit, its determinants and, how services could be improved. Results Almost a quarter of the quantitative sample (24.5% dropped out between assessment and 30 days in treatment. Predictors of early exit were: being younger; being homeless; and not being a current injector. Age and injection status were both consistently associated with exit between assessment and treatment entry. Those who were not in substitution treatment were significantly more likely to leave treatment at this stage. There were substantial variations between agencies, which point to the importance of system factors. Qualitative analysis identified several potential ways to improve services. Perceived problems included: opening hours; the service setting; under-utilisation of motivational enhancement techniques; lack of clarity about expectations; lengthy, repetitive assessment procedures; constrained treatment choices; low initial dosing of opioid substitution treatment; and the routine requirement of supervised consumption of methadone. Conclusion Early exit diminishes the contribution that treatment may make to the reduction of drug related harm. This paper identifies characteristics of people most likely to drop out of treatment prematurely in English drug treatment services and highlights a range of possibilities for improving services.

  1. Insights from radiation treatment for benign disease

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    This note compares mortality figures for patients treated with low dose ionizing radiation for benign conditions between the 1920's and 1950's with figures available from the Japanese A-bomb survivors. X radiation for ringworm, ankylosing spondylitis and post-partum mastitis are considered. Figures for leukemia are roughly comparable between radiotherapy groups and A-bomb survivors. Figures for the increased relative risk of breast cancer in spondylitis patients were in marked contrast to bomb survivors who received comparable doses, but compatible with the increase among women given x-rays for acute post-partum mastitis in the 1940's and 1950's. This study also suggests the possibility of different time patterns of risk between different cancers. (U.K.)

  2. Insights from radiation treatment for benign disease

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    Bleehen, N.M.

    1987-08-29

    This note compares mortality figures for patients treated with low dose ionizing radiation for benign conditions between the 1920's and 1950's with figures available from the Japanese A-bomb survivors. X radiation for ringworm, ankylosing spondylitis and post-partum mastitis are considered. Figures for leukemia are roughly comparable between radiotherapy groups and A-bomb survivors. Figures for the increased relative risk of breast cancer in spondylitis patients were in marked contrast to bomb survivors who received comparable doses, but compatible with the increase among women given x-rays for acute post-partum mastitis in the 1940's and 1950's. This study also suggests the possibility of different time patterns of risk between different cancers. (U.K.).

  3. Diseases of the spine, spinal cord, and extremities

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    This paper covers the following topics: acupuncture needle in the spinal canal of the neck; thoracic tuberculous spondylitis: cold abscess; comminuted fracture of the fifth cervical vertebra; lumbar spondylolysis; lumbar spondylosis; ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament; disk herniation of the cervical spine: narrowing of the root tunnel; ankylosing spondylitis: narrowing of the root tunnel; ossification of the ligamentum flavum; narrow spinal canal syndrome; syringomyelia; epidural neurinoma of the cervical spine; neurofibromatosis; spinal arteriovenous malformation; atrophy of the thoracic spinal cord; osteomyelitis tuberculosa of the rib; osteomyelitis tuberculosa of the left femur; chronic osteomyelitis of the left humerus; malignant giant cell tumor of the left femur; rheumatoid arthritis of the left hip joint; arthrosis deformans of the left hip joint; and enchondroma of the left index finger: Proximal Phalanx

  4. Toll-like receptors and NOD-like receptors in rheumatic diseases.

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    McCormack, William J

    2012-02-01

    The past 10 years have seen the description of families of receptors that drive proinflammatory cytokine production in infection and tissue injury. Two major classes have been examined in the context of inflammatory joint disease--the Toll-like receptors (TLRs) and NOD-like receptors (NLRs). TLRs such as TLR2 and TLR4 are being implicated in the pathology of rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, lyme arthritis and osteoarthritis. Nalp3 has been identified as a key NLR for IL-1beta production and has been shown to have a particular role in gout. These findings present new therapeutic opportunities, possibly allowing for the replacement of biologics with small molecule inhibitors.

  5. Abnormal scintigraphic evolution in AA hepatic amyloidosis

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    A patient with AA amyloidosis secondary to ankylosing spondylitis showed intense liver uptake of Tc-99m MDP on bone imaging. The biopsy showed hepatic amyloid deposition. A repeat bone scan with Tc-99m MDP 1 year later was negative, although the clinical signs and liver function tests of the patient had not changed. A mechanism might exist, other than the affinity of amyloid to calcium, which would explain the extraosseous uptake of pyrophosphates and diphosphonates in organs and soft tissues affected by systemic amyloidosis

  6. Infliximab in rheumatic diseases

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    Janse van Rensburg, Dina Christina

    2013-01-01

    Infliximab (REVELLEX®) is a chimeric IgG1? monoclonal antibody against tumor necrosis factor-? (TNF-?). Infliximab is indicated, for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), ankylosing spondylitis (AS), psoriatic arthritis (PsA), Crohn’s disease (CD, ulcerative colitis (UC) and skin psoriasis. The first aim of this article is to revisit the indications for the use of Infliximab in RA, AS and PsA. The second aim is to get an update on the newest insights on the safety and eff...

  7. Infliximab Treatment in Resistant Pyoderma Gangrenosum: A Case Report

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    Yunus DURMAZ

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Pyoderma gangrenosum (PG is an uncommon neutrophilic dermatosis consisting of nodules and pustules that ulcerate. Pyoderma gangrenosum is associated with autoimmune disorders such as inflammatory bowel disease, spondyloarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. In mild disease, therapy consists of local wound care and topical or intralesional corticosteroids. For more severe disease, systemic agents are necessary. Herein, we present the case of a patient with steroid resistant pyederma gangrenosum associated with ulcerative colitis and ankylosing spondylitis who responded well to infliximab, a tumor necrosis factor blocker. Biological agents (anti-TNF may be alternative treatment options in patients with resistant PG. Turk J Phys Med Re­hab 2012;58:332-4.

  8. A Homogeneous HLA-B*27 Genotyping Assay Using Dried Reagent Mixtures

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    Minna Kiviniemi; Jorma Ilonen; Timo Lövgren

    2009-01-01

    The presence of HLA-B*27 allele with patients suspected with ankylosing spondylitis can be used in the diagnostic process. We have developed an assay for typing for the HLA-B*27 in whole blood dried on sample collection cards using pre-dried reagent wells and homogeneous time-resolved fluorescence based PCR approach. Essentially only the sample needs to be added to the dry ready-to-use reaction well in order to start the homogenous amplification assay. The method was validated with 229 sample...

  9. Autoantibodies to the HLA-B27 sequence cross-react with the hypothetical peptide from the arthritis-associated Shigella plasmid.

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    TSUCHIYA, N.; Husby, G.; Williams, R C; Stieglitz, H; Lipsky, P E; Inman, R D

    1990-01-01

    We previously reported elevated serum antibody levels to a peptide representing the HLA-B27 polymorphic region (B27 peptide) in HLA-B27(+) ankylosing spondylitis (AS) patients. A plasmid (pHS-2) isolated from arthritogenic Shigella flexneri strains had been shown to encode an amino acid sequence homologous to HLA-B27. Rabbit antibody to this sequence (pHS-2 peptide) strongly cross-reacted with B27 peptide and, to a much lesser extent, with Klebsiella nitrogenase peptide. Serum antibody levels...

  10. TEMPOROMANDIBULAR JOINT ANKYLOSIS: A CASE REPORT

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    Ankita

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Ankylosis is a Greek terminology meaning "stiff joint." It can be defined as "inability to open mouth due to either a fibrous or bony union between the head of the condyle and glenoid fossa."1 Temporomandibular joint (TMJ ankylosis is a disorder that leads to a restriction of the mouth opening from partial reduction to complete immobility of the jaw. It is most commonly associated with trauma (13-100%, local or systemic infection (0-53%, or systemic disease, such as ankylosing spondylitis, rheumatoid arthritis, or psoriasis.2, 3

  11. Complex motion tomography of the sacroiliac joint

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    To find a better method for diagnosing sacroiliac (SI) joint disease, an anatomical approach was combined with conventional roentgenology, complex motion tomography and computed tomography. Complex motion tomography is suggested as the method of choice in the investigation of the SI-joint. Because of its complex (sinusoidal) form, the dorsal portion of the joint has to be tomographed in frontal projection and the middle and ventral portions in oblique projection. In 56 patients, referred for probable ankylosing spondylitis, 72 SI joints were investigated. Based on plain radiography six and on frontal tomography five SI joints were diagnosed as normal. However, based on oblique tomography 31 joints were diagnosed as normal. (orig.)

  12. Experimental experiences with intra-articular injections of the ?-emitting radionuclide 224Ra(ThX) into the knee-joint of rats

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    224Ra is used within the therapy of rheumatoid arthritis. The distribution of this radionuclide in the organism was investigated up to 7 days after incorporation in order to estimate a possible risk of late effects. In the autoradiographs we found strong blackenings at those bonesurfaces which faced the injected knee-joint hole. In addition the radionuclide was deposited in skeletal growth-zones similarly as after i.v. and i.p. injections. The dosimetric data (particularly of knee-joint and skeleton) were calculated and compared with those which occur after the therapy of ankylosing spondylitis using i.v. 224Ra injections. (orig.)

  13. Antitumor necrosis factor-induced neutropenia: a case report with double positive rechallenges.

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    Montané, E; Sallés, M; Barriocanal, A; Riera, E; Costa, J; Tena, X

    2007-09-01

    A 50-year-old man with ankylosing spondylitis who developed neutropenia after treatment of etanercept, with two positive rechallenges, and after the first infliximab infusion, is described. Although leukopenia and neutropenia related to etanercept and infliximab have been described as rare adverse events from clinical trials data, their mechanism of action are unknown. This patient developed recurrent mild neutropenia after exposition of two different antitumor necrosis factors; therefore, it seems to be an adverse reaction related to the therapeutic group. Doctors should be aware of this potentially severe adverse effect in patients treated with antitumor necrosis factor. PMID:17031483

  14. Bony ankylosis following thermal and electrical injury

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    Objective. Bony ankylosis has been described following trauma, paralysis, psoriasis, Reiter's syndrome, ankylosing spondylitis, juvenile chronic arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Reports of bony ankylosis following thermal and electrical injury are limited.Design and patients. Thirteen cases of burn-related joint ankylosis in four patients are presented.Conclusion. Patients with burns from thermal or electrical injury may develop bony ankylosis among other radiographic manifestations. This bony ankylosis may result either from bridging extra-articular heterotopic ossification with preservation of the underlying joint or from intra-articular fusion due to joint destruction. (orig.)

  15. SPONTANEOUS IMMUNOGLOBULIN-SYNTHESIZING ACTIVITY OF B LYMPHOCYTES IN INFLAMMATORY RHEUMATIC DISEASES

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    A.T. T. Mamasaidov

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract. The aim of present work was to evaluate clinical significance of B-lymphocytes spontaneous antibody-synthesizing activity by B-lymphocytes (LASA in patients with rheumatic inflammatory diseases (RD, i.e., reactive arthritis (ReA, ankylosing spondylitis (AS, rheumatoid arthritis (RA, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE. Significantly higher LASA levels were revealed in the patients with ReA, AS, RA, and SLE, as compared with healthy persons and patients with osteoarthrosis. Clinical significance of LASA indexes and their changes may reflect manifestation and degree of immunological activities in ReA, AS, RA, and SLE.

  16. Bony ankylosis following thermal and electrical injury

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    Balen, P.F.; Helms, C.A. [Dept. of Radiology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC (United States)

    2001-07-01

    Objective. Bony ankylosis has been described following trauma, paralysis, psoriasis, Reiter's syndrome, ankylosing spondylitis, juvenile chronic arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Reports of bony ankylosis following thermal and electrical injury are limited.Design and patients. Thirteen cases of burn-related joint ankylosis in four patients are presented.Conclusion. Patients with burns from thermal or electrical injury may develop bony ankylosis among other radiographic manifestations. This bony ankylosis may result either from bridging extra-articular heterotopic ossification with preservation of the underlying joint or from intra-articular fusion due to joint destruction. (orig.)

  17. Geodatabase visualizing for early warning.

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    Svato?ová, H.; Kolejka, Jaromír; Talhofer, V.

    Hannover : Leibniz Universität Hannover, 2009, s. 1-9. [AGILE 2009. Hannover (DE), 02.06.2009-05.06.2009] Grant ostatní: GA Mšk MSM0021622418 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30860518 Keywords : geo database * visualising * early warning Subject RIV: DE - Earth Magnetism, Geo desy, Geo graphy http://www.ikg.uni-hannover.de/agile

  18. The Early Years: "Life" Science

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    Ashbrook, Peggy

    2013-01-01

    Talking about death as part of a life cycle is often ignored or spoken about in hushed tones in early childhood. Books with "life cycle" in the title often do not include the death of the living organism in the information about the cycle. The concept of a complete life cycle does not appear in "A Framework for K-12 Science…

  19. Early Childhood Education in Azerbaijan.

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    Starnes, Lisa

    2000-01-01

    Describes the Early Learning Childhood Center in Azerbaijan's capital city. Focuses on the goals of the program; its initial development; staff ratios, compensation, and teacher training; curriculum; cultural challenges and compromise; and relationships with parents. Asserts that developing a culturally sensitive program is extremely difficult,…

  20. Early Marriage: A Propositional Formulation

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    Bartz, Karen Winch; Nye, F. Ivan

    1970-01-01

    Consequences of early marriage are reviewed and stated as three propositions involving social class placement following marriage, divorce rate, and negative affect. Three derived propositions are obtained from these. Theoretical family propositions are related to exchange theory and shown to be special cases of it. Presented at American…

  1. Boys' Bodies in Early Childhood

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    Drummond, Murray

    2012-01-01

    This paper is based on qualitative research data from a project investigating early childhood boys' constructions of masculinities in relation to sport, health and the body. The focus group data, with 33 boys, has been collected in each of the boys' first three years at school. It is part of the data that will be collected over eight years with…

  2. Warming early Earth and Mars

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    Kasting, J.F. [Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park, PA (United States)

    1997-05-23

    Sagan and Chyba, in their article on page 1217 of this issue, have revived an old debate about how liquid water was maintained on early Earth and Mars despite a solar luminosity 25 to 30% lower than that at present. A theory that has been popular for some time is that greatly elevated concentrations of atmospheric COD produced by the action of the carbonate-silicate cycle, provided enough of a greenhouse effect to warm early Earth. However, Rye et al. have placed geochemical constraints on early atmospheric CO{sub 2} abundances that fall well below the levels needed to warm the surface. These constraints are based on the absence of siderite (FeCO{sub 3}) in ancient soil profiles-a negative and, hence, rather weak form of evidence- and apply to the time period 2.2 to 2.8 billion years ago, when Earth was already middle aged. Nonetheless, the soil data provide some indication that atmospheric CO{sub 2} levels may have been lower than previously thought. An even more serious problem arises if one tries to keep early Mars warm with CO{sub 2}. Model calculations predict that CO{sub 2} clouds would form on Mars in the upper troposphere, reducing the lapse rate and severely limiting the amount of surface warming. A suggestion that CO{sub 2} clouds may have warmed the planet radiatively has yet to be borne out by detailed calculations. 26 refs.

  3. Early Signs of Entrepreneurial Giftedness

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    Shavinina, Larisa V.

    2008-01-01

    Although successful entrepreneurship is important for the economic prosperity of any society, one should acknowledge that entrepreneurial giftedness is terra incognita from a research viewpoint. This article analyzes early manifestations of entrepreneurial giftedness in the cases of Richard Branson, Michael Dell, and Bill Gates and thus opens a…

  4. Suicidal Behavior among Early Adolescents.

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    Gover, F. Jill

    There is a great deal of concern about teenage suicide. This study obtained a prevalence rate of suicidal behaviors among non-psychiatric early adolescents (ages 11-16) and investigated personal and family variables that may characterize the young teenagers who report varying degrees of suicidal behavior. A self-report questionnaire was…

  5. Minnesota: Early Head Start Initiatiive

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    Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2012

    2012-01-01

    Minnesota provides supplemental state funding to existing federal Head Start and Early Head Start (EHS) grantees to increase their capacity to serve additional infants, toddlers, and pregnant women. The initiative was started in 1997 when the state legislature earmarked $1 million of the general state Head Start supplemental funds for children…

  6. HPLC: Early and Recent Perspectives.

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    Karger, Barry L.

    1997-01-01

    Provides a perspective on what it was like in the early days of high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and several of the key developments. Focuses on the advances in HPLC generally, and more specifically for the biological sciences, that were necessary for the method to reach the preeminent stage of today. Contains 20 references. (JRH)

  7. Early Child Care in Britain

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    Pringle, Mia Kellmer; Naidoo, Sandhya

    1974-01-01

    This monograph is a comprehensive, and analytic account of the ways in which family and nation share responsibility for the care of infants and young children. Included is descriptive information about day care facilities, parent education, social services and group care programs, teacher training, research projects, and other facets of early

  8. The Early Childhood Coaching Handbook

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    Rush, Dathan D.; Shelden, M'Lisa L.

    2011-01-01

    Evidence-based and highly effective, "coaching" helps early childhood practitioners support other professionals and families as they enhance existing knowledge, develop new skills, and promote healthy development of young children. This hands-on guide shows professionals how to conduct skillful coaching in any setting--home, school, or community.…

  9. Early stage fuel cell funding

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    'Full text:' Early stage venture funding requires an in depth understanding of both current and future markets as well as the key technical hurdles that need to be overcome for new technology to commercialize into successful products for mass markets. As the leading fuel cell and hydrogen investor, Chrysalix continuously reviews global trends and new technologies, evaluates them with industry leaders worldwide and tries to match them up with the best possible management teams when selecting its early stage investments. Chrysalix Energy Limited Partnership is an early-stage venture capital firm focusing on fuel cell and related fueling technology companies and is a private equity joint venture between Ballard Power Systems, BASF Venture Capital, The BOC Group, The Boeing Company, Duke Energy, Mitsubishi Corporation and Shell Hydrogen. Operating independently, Chrysalix offers a unique value proposition to its clients throughout the business planning, start-up and operations phases of development. Chrysalix provides early-stage funding to new companies as well as management assistance, technological knowledge, organized networking with industry players and experience in the management of intellectual property. (author)

  10. Sustainable early-career networks

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    Rauser, Florian; Schemann, Vera; Sonntag, Sebastian

    2015-10-01

    A truly global science community for the next generation of researchers will be essential if we are to tackle Earth system sustainability. Top-down support from funders should meet bottom-up initiatives -- at a pace fast enough to meet that of early-career progress.

  11. Defeating cancer with early detection

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    2003-01-01

    A meeting of scientists and industry experts will hold an open review of the Three Dimension Complete Body Screening System (3D-CBS) on the 1st of July 2003. This new imaging technlogy is potentially powerful and safe enough to offer routine screening of healthy patients for early signs of cancer (1 page).

  12. Physics of the early universe

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    In this thesis, the author has assembled his papers on elementary particle physics which are of importance for studying cosmology viz. the physics of the early universe. A rather detailed introduction reviewing basic principles and current trends in the relation particle physics/cosmology precedes the papers. (Auth.)

  13. Bullying in Early Educational Settings

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    Kirves, Laura; Sajaniemi, Nina

    2012-01-01

    The aim of this research was to study the prevalence of bullying in early educational settings in Finnish kindergartens. In addition, the study investigated whether bullying in kindergartens differs from school bullying and what forms bullying takes among under-school-age children. Two kinds of data were collected for the study: data from a survey…

  14. Early thrombocytopenia in HIV infection.

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    1992-01-01

    Three children aged between 7 months and 2 years developed thrombocytopenia as an early feature of HIV infection. The prevalence of this condition, possible pathogenesis, and options for treatment are discussed. HIV testing should be considered in the investigation of a child with thrombocytopenia.

  15. Early smoking experience in adolescents

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    Urbán, Róbert

    2010-01-01

    Initial smoking experience is a potential predictor of later smoking. Our study has a twofold aim: (1) to provide further support for construct validity of retrospective measurement of an early smoking experience questionnaire (ESE) in a representative sample of adolescents; (2) to examine the association of initial smoking experience with sensation-seeking, current smoking and nicotine dependence.

  16. Early B lymphocytes in man.

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    BOCCADORO, Mario

    1980-01-01

    We have confirmed in man the presence of a subpopulation of B lymphocytes which cannot reexpress their immunological receptors after challenge with antibodies. These early B lymphocytes were studied in peripheral blood, in cord blood and also, with anti-idiotypic sera, in the peripheral blood of a myeloma patient.

  17. Famines in Africa: is early warning early enough?

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    Jeeyon Janet Kim

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Following the second Sahelian famine in 1984–1985, major investments were made to establish Early Warning Systems. These systems help to ensure that timely warnings and vulnerability information are available to decision makers to anticipate and avert food crises. In the recent crisis in the Horn of Africa, alarming levels of acute malnutrition were documented from March 2010, and by August 2010, an impending food crisis was forecast. Despite these measures, the situation remained unrecognised, and further deteriorated causing malnutrition levels to grow in severity and scope. By the time the United Nations officially declared famine on 20 July 2011, and the humanitarian community sluggishly went into response mode, levels of malnutrition and mortality exceeded catastrophic levels. At this time, an estimated 11 million people were in desperate and immediate need for food. With warnings of food crises in the Sahel, South Sudan, and forecast of the drought returning to the Horn, there is an immediate need to institutionalize change in the health response during humanitarian emergencies. Early warning systems are only effective if they trigger an early response.

  18. Proteomics of early zebrafish embryos

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    Heisenberg Carl-Philipp

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Zebrafish (D. rerio has become a powerful and widely used model system for the analysis of vertebrate embryogenesis and organ development. While genetic methods are readily available in zebrafish, protocols for two dimensional (2D gel electrophoresis and proteomics have yet to be developed. Results As a prerequisite to carry out proteomic experiments with early zebrafish embryos, we developed a method to efficiently remove the yolk from large batches of embryos. This method enabled high resolution 2D gel electrophoresis and improved Western blotting considerably. Here, we provide detailed protocols for proteomics in zebrafish from sample preparation to mass spectrometry (MS, including a comparison of databases for MS identification of zebrafish proteins. Conclusion The provided protocols for proteomic analysis of early embryos enable research to be taken in novel directions in embryogenesis.

  19. Nanotechnology for Early Cancer Detection

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    Joon Won Park

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Vast numbers of studies and developments in the nanotechnology area have been conducted and many nanomaterials have been utilized to detect cancers at early stages. Nanomaterials have unique physical, optical and electrical properties that have proven to be very useful in sensing. Quantum dots, gold nanoparticles, magnetic nanoparticles, carbon nanotubes, gold nanowires and many other materials have been developed over the years, alongside the discovery of a wide range of biomarkers to lower the detection limit of cancer biomarkers. Proteins, antibody fragments, DNA fragments, and RNA fragments are the base of cancer biomarkers and have been used as targets in cancer detection and monitoring. It is highly anticipated that in the near future, we might be able to detect cancer at a very early stage, providing a much higher chance of treatment.

  20. Early stages of Ostwald ripening

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    Shneidman, Vitaly A.

    2013-07-01

    The Becker-Döring (BD) nucleation equation is known to predict a narrow double-exponential front (DEF) in the distribution of growing particles over sizes, which is due to early transient effects. When mass conservation is included, nucleation is eventually exhausted while independent growth is replaced by ripening. Despite the enormous difference in the associated time scales, and the resulting demand on numerics, within the generalized BD model the early DEF is shown to be crucial for the selection of the unique self-similar Lifshitz-Slyozov-Wagner asymptotic regime. Being preserved till the latest stages of growth, the DEF provides a universal part of the initial conditions for the ripening problem, regardless of the mass exchange mechanism between the nucleus and the matrix.