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Baffling Case Of A Patient With History Of Lupus In A Covid-19 Pandemic, Anum Qureshi, Kia Persaud, Fatima Halilu, Ji Hyun Rhee 2022 Greater Baltimore Medical Center

Baffling Case Of A Patient With History Of Lupus In A Covid-19 Pandemic, Anum Qureshi, Kia Persaud, Fatima Halilu, Ji Hyun Rhee

Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disease with a myriad of clinical presentations and periodic flares. We present a case of a young lady with a history of SLE who presented with constitutional symptoms 1 week after starting Isoniazid and Rifampin for treatment of latent TB. Her presentation shared similarities with several diseases including TB lymphadenitis, SLE flare, Kikuchi-Fujimoto Disease (KFD) and hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) posing a diagnostic dilemma. Additionally, she presented not long after the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic, further expanding the differential diagnosis. She was ultimately diagnosed with a severe SLE flare caused by rifampin ...


Copper Intrauterine Device Is An Appropriate Method Of Contraception For A Patient With A History Of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Sydney E. Daviskiba 2022 Wayne State University

Copper Intrauterine Device Is An Appropriate Method Of Contraception For A Patient With A History Of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Sydney E. Daviskiba

Clinical Research in Practice: The Journal of Team Hippocrates

A clinical decision report using

Sánchez-Guerrero J, Uribe AG, Jiménez-Santana L, et al. A Trial of Contraceptive Methods in Women with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. N Engl J Med. 2005;353(24):2539-2588. https:/doi.org/10.1056/nejmoa050817

for a patient with systemic lupus erythematosus choosing a method of contraception.


At-Home Aerobic Exercise Improves Functional Ability Of Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis With Limited Exercise Options, Daniel Harris 2022 Wayne State University School of Medicine

At-Home Aerobic Exercise Improves Functional Ability Of Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis With Limited Exercise Options, Daniel Harris

Clinical Research in Practice: The Journal of Team Hippocrates

A clinical decision report using

Neuberger GB, Aaronson LS, Gajewski B, et al. Predictors of exercise and effects of exercise on symptoms, function, aerobic fitness, and disease outcomes of rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis Rheum. 2007;57(6):943-952. https://doi.org/10.1002/art.22903

and its application for a patient with rheumatoid arthritis.


Anakinra Treatment Efficacy In Reduction Of Inflammatory Biomarkers In Covid-19 Patients: A Meta-Analysis, Zunaira Naveed, Musharraf Sarwar, Zahid Ali, Danish Saeed, Khadija Choudhry, Azza Sarfraz, Zouina Sarfraz, Miguel Felix, Ivan Cherrez-Ojeda 2022 Fatima Jinnah Medical University

Anakinra Treatment Efficacy In Reduction Of Inflammatory Biomarkers In Covid-19 Patients: A Meta-Analysis, Zunaira Naveed, Musharraf Sarwar, Zahid Ali, Danish Saeed, Khadija Choudhry, Azza Sarfraz, Zouina Sarfraz, Miguel Felix, Ivan Cherrez-Ojeda

Department of Paediatrics and Child Health

Introduction: Anakinra is being empirically considered for the treatment of COVID-19 patients. The aim is to assess the efficacy of anakinra treatment on inflammatory marker reduction, including c-reactive protein (CRP) concentrations, serum ferritin, and serum d-dimer levels.
Methods: Adhering to PRISMA 2020 statement guidelines, a systematic search was conducted across the following databases from December 2019 until January 10, 2022: PubMed/MEDLINE, Cochrane Central, Web of Science, Scopus, and EMBASE. The following keywords were employed: Anakinra, COVID*, SARS-CoV-2, inflammatory, CRP, D-dimer, Ferritin, hematological, laboratory, clinical, trials. The findings were collated and presented in a tabulated manner, and statistically analyzed using ...


Telemedicine For Rheumatology Patients In Covid-19 Pandemic: Perspectives Of Patients, Muhammad Mehmood Riaz, Saad Bin Zafar Mahmood, Noreen Nasir 2022 Aga Khan University

Telemedicine For Rheumatology Patients In Covid-19 Pandemic: Perspectives Of Patients, Muhammad Mehmood Riaz, Saad Bin Zafar Mahmood, Noreen Nasir

Section of Internal Medicine

Telemedicine use for patients with autoimmune rheumatic conditions during the pandemic mandates better characterization. We conducted a telephonic survey on patients who consulted rheumatologists remotely to determine their attitudes toward telemedicine. The study was conducted at Aga Khan University Hospital, a tertiary care hospital in Pakistan which is a lower-middle-income country. Descriptive analyses were performed. Fifty patients visited tele-rheumatology clinic, 35 (70.0%) were female with a mean (SD) age of 47.6 (18.1) years. Majority (27, 54.0%) learned about telemedicine from hospital website and outpatient clinic desk or helpline. Lack of examination was the biggest concern with ...


Down Syndrome-Associated Arthritis (Da): Diagnostic And Management Challenges., Jordan T. Jones, Jacqueline Kitchen, Nasreen Talib 2022 Children's Mercy Hospital

Down Syndrome-Associated Arthritis (Da): Diagnostic And Management Challenges., Jordan T. Jones, Jacqueline Kitchen, Nasreen Talib

Manuscripts, Articles, Book Chapters and Other Papers

Down syndrome (DS) is one of the most common birth defects in the United States, the most common genomic disorder of intellectual disability, and results from trisomy 21. This chromosome disorder causes an extensive, heterogenous phenotype that results in a broad presentation of symptoms that includes atlantoaxial instability, congenital heart defects, muscle hypotonia, hypothyroidism, hematologic disorders, recurrent infections, and autoimmune diseases. The autoimmune diseases are caused by immune system dysregulation that results in increased pro-inflammatory cytokines, along with other innate and adaptive immune system dysregulation. This is the likely cause of the increased risk of inflammatory arthritis or Down syndrome-associated ...


The Natural History Of Modic Changes - A 5- And 15-Year Follow-Up Study, Parnian Saremi 2022 The University of Western Ontario

The Natural History Of Modic Changes - A 5- And 15-Year Follow-Up Study, Parnian Saremi

Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

Modic changes (MCs), defined as bone marrow lesions adjacent to the vertebral endplate seen on MRI, have been associated with back pain. There are different types of MCs, with different histopathological correlates. This community-based study sample comprised 110 men from the Twin Spine Study, with baseline, 5-year, and 15-year follow-up MRIs. Following training and reliability testing, 1320 endplates (T12-S1) were evaluated for MC presence, type, and dimensions at each time point. Results demonstrated that Type 2 Modic Changes (MC2) were the most common type, with approximately half located at the two lowest disc levels. However, Type 1 Modic Changes (MC1 ...


The Efficacy Of Sequential Biologic Agents In Refractory Rheumatoid Arthritis After Failure Of Initial Dmard And Anti-Tumor Necrosis Factor Therapy, Antonio Giovanni Versace, Caterina Oriana Aragona, Daniela La Rosa, Marianna Chiappalone, Maria Concetta Tringali, Alberta De Gaetano, Charles Frederick Moore Jr., Donatella Sangari, William Neal Roberts, Gianluca Bagnato 2021 University of Messina, Italy

The Efficacy Of Sequential Biologic Agents In Refractory Rheumatoid Arthritis After Failure Of Initial Dmard And Anti-Tumor Necrosis Factor Therapy, Antonio Giovanni Versace, Caterina Oriana Aragona, Daniela La Rosa, Marianna Chiappalone, Maria Concetta Tringali, Alberta De Gaetano, Charles Frederick Moore Jr., Donatella Sangari, William Neal Roberts, Gianluca Bagnato

Internal Medicine Faculty Publications

Introduction/Objective: The efficacy of biologic therapy in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) has been well-established but, in practice, a quarter of patients will either not respond to the first biologic agent or will suffer an adverse event requiring a switch to a different drug. While clinical guidelines exist to help guide therapy and previous studies have examined sequential use of anti-TNF agents, there is little data to inform a multiple switch strategy. Our aim was to measure the efficacy of multiple switches of biologic in severe refractory RA. Methods: We enrolled 111 patients whose therapy with one anti-TNF ...


Patient Perspectives On Health Care Provider Practices Leading To An Axial Spondyloarthritis Diagnosis: An Exploratory Qualitative Research Study, Kate L. Lapane, Catherine E. Dube, Katarina A. Ferrucci, Sara K. Khan, Kristine A. Kuhn, Esther Yi, Jonathan Kay, Shao-Hsien Liu 2021 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Patient Perspectives On Health Care Provider Practices Leading To An Axial Spondyloarthritis Diagnosis: An Exploratory Qualitative Research Study, Kate L. Lapane, Catherine E. Dube, Katarina A. Ferrucci, Sara K. Khan, Kristine A. Kuhn, Esther Yi, Jonathan Kay, Shao-Hsien Liu

Population and Quantitative Health Sciences Publications

BACKGROUND: The average time to a diagnosis for people with axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA) is 7-10 years. Delayed diagnosis may result in increased structural damage, worse physical function, and worse quality of life relative to patients with a timely axSpA diagnosis. Understanding patient experiences may provide insights for how to reduce diagnostic delays.

OBJECTIVE: To provide foundational knowledge about patient experiences with healthcare providers leading to an axSpA diagnosis.

METHODS: We conducted an exploratory qualitative research study with six focus groups interviews with participants recruited from three rheumatology clinics within the United States (MA (n = 3); CO (n = 2); PA (n ...


Dermatomyositis- Related Intestinal Dysmotility, Christine Loftis, Rosa White, Emilia C. Dulgheru 2021 The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Dermatomyositis- Related Intestinal Dysmotility, Christine Loftis, Rosa White, Emilia C. Dulgheru

School of Medicine Publications and Presentations

Dermatomyositis (DM) is an inflammatory myopathy (IIM) characterized by proximal muscle weakness and pathognomonic skin lesions. A 69-year-old woman with a recent diagnosis of DM 1 month prior, treated with corticosteroids and immunomodulators, presented to our inpatient rehabilitation with worsening dysphagia and constipation. At the time of our evaluation, physical examination was notable for erythematous papules over the metacarpophalangeal joints, proximal interphalangeal joints, elbows, and knees as well as a violaceous rash on the face. Muscle strength was diminished bilaterally with proximal distribution being affected greater than distal. Laboratory studies were notable for the creatine kinase (CK) level of 31 ...


Acquired Factor Viii Deficiency Presenting As Gross Hematuria In A Hispanic, Pregnant Patient With Previously Undiagnosed Connective Tissue Disease, Christine Loftis, Emilia C. Dulgheru, Rosa White 2021 The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Acquired Factor Viii Deficiency Presenting As Gross Hematuria In A Hispanic, Pregnant Patient With Previously Undiagnosed Connective Tissue Disease, Christine Loftis, Emilia C. Dulgheru, Rosa White

School of Medicine Publications and Presentations

Acquired factor VIII deficiency is a bleeding disorder caused by the presence of autoantibodies against clotting factor VIII. We report a case of a 24-year-old pregnant woman who presented with gross hematuria secondary to acquired factor VIII deficiency in the presence of a previously undiagnosed connective tissue disease. *is article includes a literature review of pregnancy-related cases of acquired factor VIII deficiency. We also reviewed various therapeutic approaches for the management of the acquired factor inhibitor which include achieving hemostasis and elimination of the inhibitor via immunosuppressive agents. *is case report describes the rare presentation of acquired factor VIII deficiency ...


Knowledge About Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis-Associated Uveitis: More Frequent Reminders Are Associated With Higher Patient And Family Uveitis Knowledge., Ashley M. Cooper, Elaine R. Flanagan, Tova Ronis, Baruch Goldberg, Ashley K. Sherman, Chelsey Smith, Gary N. Holland, CARRA Uveitis Workgroup 2021 Children's Mercy Hospital

Knowledge About Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis-Associated Uveitis: More Frequent Reminders Are Associated With Higher Patient And Family Uveitis Knowledge., Ashley M. Cooper, Elaine R. Flanagan, Tova Ronis, Baruch Goldberg, Ashley K. Sherman, Chelsey Smith, Gary N. Holland, Carra Uveitis Workgroup

Manuscripts, Articles, Book Chapters and Other Papers

BACKGROUND: Chronic anterior uveitis is a sight-threatening complication of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) and a primary contributor to long-term morbidity in people with JIA. Levels of knowledge about uveitis among JIA patients and their parents are unknown. A survey of JIA patients and parents was conducted to assess knowledge about uveitis complications and recommended screening.

METHODS: A survey was developed consisting of six demographic questions, six arthritis/uveitis history questions, and nine uveitis knowledge questions. The survey was administered to JIA patients age 14 and older and parents of patients with JIA at three pediatric rheumatology practices and online through ...


Gout: Current Considerations, Alexandria Fappiano, Wilson Crone 2021 Albany Medical College

Gout: Current Considerations, Alexandria Fappiano, Wilson Crone

Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice

Gout is a treatable chronic inflammatory condition that can cause severe joint pain and disfigurement. Commonly, it affects the first metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint as a monoarticular process. It is typically caused by hyperuricemia and genetic mutations of the uricase gene. Gout is definitively diagnosed with the presence of negative birefringent needle-shaped crystals in the synovial fluid of the affected joint. Classically, seafood and alcohol are risk factors for developing gout. However, given current population trends, obesity is another major risk factor. While weight loss is the best conservative management, medications can also be used to manage gout. The treatment is ...


The Covid-19 Assessment For Survival At Admission (Casa) Index: A 12 Months Observational Study, Gianluca Bagnato, Daniela La Rosa, Carmelo Ioppolo, Alberta De Gaetano, Marianna Chiappalone, Natalia Zirilli, Valeria Viapiana, Maria Concetta Tringali, Simona Tomeo, Caterina Oriana Aragona, Francesca Napoli, Sara Lillo, Natasha Irrera, William Neal Roberts, Egidio Imbalzano, Antonio Micari, Elvira Ventura Spagnolo, Giovanni Squadrito, Sebastiano Gangemi, Antonio Giovanni Versace 2021 University of Messina, Italy

The Covid-19 Assessment For Survival At Admission (Casa) Index: A 12 Months Observational Study, Gianluca Bagnato, Daniela La Rosa, Carmelo Ioppolo, Alberta De Gaetano, Marianna Chiappalone, Natalia Zirilli, Valeria Viapiana, Maria Concetta Tringali, Simona Tomeo, Caterina Oriana Aragona, Francesca Napoli, Sara Lillo, Natasha Irrera, William Neal Roberts, Egidio Imbalzano, Antonio Micari, Elvira Ventura Spagnolo, Giovanni Squadrito, Sebastiano Gangemi, Antonio Giovanni Versace

Internal Medicine Faculty Publications

Objective: Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a disease with a high rate of progression to critical illness. However, the stratification of patients at risk of mortality is not well defined. In this study, we aimed to define a mortality risk index to allocate patients to the appropriate intensity of care.

Methods: This is a 12 months observational longitudinal study designed to develop and validate a pragmatic mortality risk score to stratify COVID-19 patients aged ≥18 years and admitted to hospital between March 2020 and March 2021. Main outcome was in-hospital mortality.

Results: 244 patients were included in the study (mortality ...


Brief Musculoskeletal Screen And Patient Education For Down Syndrome-Associated Arthritis., Jordan T. Jones, Chelsey Smith, Nasreen Talib 2021 Children's Mercy Hospital

Brief Musculoskeletal Screen And Patient Education For Down Syndrome-Associated Arthritis., Jordan T. Jones, Chelsey Smith, Nasreen Talib

Manuscripts, Articles, Book Chapters and Other Papers

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Identifying The Content And Context Of Pain Within Paediatric Rheumatology Healthcare Professional Curricula In The Uk: A Summative Content Analysis., Rebecca Rachael Lee, Janet E. McDonagh, Mark Connelly, Sarah Peters, Lis Cordingley 2021 Children's Mercy Hospital

Identifying The Content And Context Of Pain Within Paediatric Rheumatology Healthcare Professional Curricula In The Uk: A Summative Content Analysis., Rebecca Rachael Lee, Janet E. Mcdonagh, Mark Connelly, Sarah Peters, Lis Cordingley

Manuscripts, Articles, Book Chapters and Other Papers

BACKGROUND: The curriculum for professionals working in paediatric rheumatology should include pain but it is unclear to what extent this currently occurs. The aim of this study was to identify pain-related curriculum content and the context in which pain is presented in educational and training documentation for healthcare professionals in this clinical speciality.

METHODS: Core curricula documents from UK based professional organisations were identified in partnership with healthcare professionals. Documents were analysed using a summative content analysis approach. Key pain terms were quantified and weighted frequencies were used to explore narrative pain themes. Latent content was interpreted qualitatively to explore ...


Atypical Presentation Of Systemic Arthritis In A Toddler With Down Syndrome., Emily Worley, Weijie Li, Jordan T. Jones 2021 Children's Mercy Hospital

Atypical Presentation Of Systemic Arthritis In A Toddler With Down Syndrome., Emily Worley, Weijie Li, Jordan T. Jones

Manuscripts, Articles, Book Chapters and Other Papers

Systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis (sJIA) is a chronic, inflammatory disease of childhood, which is characterized by the combination of arthritis, serositis, daily, high-spiking fevers, and evanescent macular rash and can present with the life-threatening complication of macrophage activation syndrome (MAS). Children with Down syndrome (DS) have complex medical challenges related to abnormalities in their immune system, which can cause a broad spectrum of disease manifestations, which can occur atypically. Children with DS are at increased risk for arthritis and interstitial lung disease (ILD) associated with sJIA that has high mortality. This case report outlines an atypical presentation of sJIA in ...


Detection Of Subclinical Rheumatic Heart Disease In Children Using A Deep Learning Algorithm On Digital Stethoscope: A Study Protocol, Fatima Ali, Babar Hasan, Huzaifa Ahmad, Zahra Hoodbhoy, Zainab Bhuriwala, Muhammad Hanif, Shahab U. Ansari, Devyani Chowdhury 2021 Aga Khan University

Detection Of Subclinical Rheumatic Heart Disease In Children Using A Deep Learning Algorithm On Digital Stethoscope: A Study Protocol, Fatima Ali, Babar Hasan, Huzaifa Ahmad, Zahra Hoodbhoy, Zainab Bhuriwala, Muhammad Hanif, Shahab U. Ansari, Devyani Chowdhury

Department of Paediatrics and Child Health

Introduction: Rheumatic heart diseases (RHDs) contribute significant morbidity and mortality globally. To reduce the burden of RHD, timely initiation of secondary prophylaxis is important. The objectives of this study are to determine the frequency of subclinical RHD and to train a deep learning (DL) algorithm using waveform data from the digital auscultatory stethoscope (DAS) in predicting subclinical RHD.
Methods and analysis: We aim to recruit 1700 children from a group of schools serving the underprivileged over a 12-month period in Karachi (Pakistan). All consenting students within the age of 5-15 years with no underlying congenital heart disease will be eligible ...


Nonbacterial Thrombotic Mitral Valve Endocarditis Presenting As Embolic Stroke In A Young Patient With Lupus And Anti-Phospholipid Syndrome, Andrew McCuen, Muhammad Saad, Erin JM Terpstra, Adam T. Stys 2021 USD SSOM

Nonbacterial Thrombotic Mitral Valve Endocarditis Presenting As Embolic Stroke In A Young Patient With Lupus And Anti-Phospholipid Syndrome, Andrew Mccuen, Muhammad Saad, Erin Jm Terpstra, Adam T. Stys

Aesculapius Journal (Health Sciences & Medicine)

A 37-year-old man on systemic immunosuppression for clinically and biochemically quiescent lupus nephritis, presented with left hemiparesis. Brain MRI was concerning for right sided embolic stroke. Workup was negative for atrial fibrillation, deep venous thrombosis, and heart failure. Transesophageal echocardiogram was remarkable for fixed mitral valve leaflet echodensities. In the absence of bacteremia and systemic signs of infection, and with a history of lupus, small vegetations on atrial and ventricular sides of mitral valve leaflets are suggestive of nonbacterial thrombotic endocarditis. Nonbacterial thrombotic vegetations are composed of fibrin deposits on otherwise-healthy valves. Mainstay of treatment is therapeutic anticoagulation with clinical ...


Pharmacokinetic Equivalence Of Ct-P17 To High-Concentration (100 Mg/Ml) Reference Adalimumab: A Randomized Phase I Study In Healthy Subjects, Kyung-Sang Yu, Jonathan Kay 2021 Seoul National University

Pharmacokinetic Equivalence Of Ct-P17 To High-Concentration (100 Mg/Ml) Reference Adalimumab: A Randomized Phase I Study In Healthy Subjects, Kyung-Sang Yu, Jonathan Kay

Open Access Publications by UMass Chan Authors

This study aimed to demonstrate pharmacokinetic (PK) equivalence of a single dose of the proposed adalimumab biosimilar CT-P17 to United States-licensed adalimumab (US-adalimumab) and European Union-approved adalimumab (EU-adalimumab). This double-blind, parallel-group, phase I trial (clinicaltrials.gov NCT03970824) was conducted at 10 hospitals (Republic of Korea), in which healthy subjects (1:1:1) were randomized to receive a single 40 mg (100 mg/ml) subcutaneous injection of CT-P17, US-adalimumab, or EU-adalimumab. Primary end points were PK equivalence in terms of: area under the concentration-time curve from time zero to infinity (AUC0-inf ); AUC from time zero to the last quantifiable concentration (AUC0-last ...


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