Scandinavian journal of rheumatology

Publisher: Scandinavian Society of Rheumatologists

Description

  • Impact factor
    2.51
  • 5-year impact
    2.37
  • Cited half-life
    9.40
  • Immediacy index
    0.24
  • Eigenfactor
    0.01
  • Article influence
    0.68
  • Other titles
    Scandinavian journal of rheumatology (Online), Rheumatology
  • ISSN
    1502-7732
  • OCLC
    39636398
  • Material type
    Document, Periodical, Internet resource
  • Document type
    Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: Previous studies have found that serum levels of interleukin (IL)-33 are elevated in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS). The aim of this study was to determine whether the single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the IL-33 gene are associated with susceptibility to AS in a Chinese population. Method: Eight SNPs in the IL-33 gene (rs1891385, rs16924144, rs2210463, rs16924159, rs10118795, rs1929992, rs10975519, and rs1048274) were genotyped by the improved multiplex ligase detection reaction (iMLDR) method in 400 patients with AS and 395 geographically and ethnically matched healthy controls. Haplotypes were constructed after linkage disequilibrium (LD) analysis. Results: There were statistically significant differences at SNPs rs1891385, rs2210463, rs10118795, rs1929992, rs10975519, and rs1048274 in the IL-33 gene between cases and controls. The A allele frequency of rs1891385 was lower in the patient group than in the controls [odds ratio (OR) 0.762] whereas the A allele frequency of rs2210463 and the C allele frequency of rs10118795 and rs1929992 were higher in the patient group than in the controls (OR 1.265, 1.305, and 1.248, respectively). However, there were no differences in the genotype distribution and allele frequencies of rs16924144 and rs16924159 between the patients and controls (p > 0.05). Four SNPs (rs10118795, rs1929992, rs10975519, and rs1048274) were in strong LD and were included in four haplotypes: ht1 (CCCG), ht2 (CCTA), ht3 (CTCG), and ht4 (TTCG). Haplotype ht4 was associated with a decreased risk of AS [OR 0.766, 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.626-0.937, χ(2) = 6.761, p = 0.009]. Conclusions: The results suggest that SNPs and the TTCG haplotype of the IL-33 gene are associated with the development of AS in a Chinese Han population.
    Scandinavian journal of rheumatology 05/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: The use of statins in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases is well established. Their use as anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory agents in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) has also been investigated, with several clinical and experimental studies indicating an anti-inflammatory effect of statins for RA, but other studies showing no effect or even the opposite. The current study was designed to examine the effect of simvastatin in an in vivo murine model of arthritis using intravital microscopy. Method: We assigned four groups (n = 7, female C57Bl6 mice), two with and two without antigen-induced arthritis (AiA), from which one of the non-AiA groups and one of the AiA groups were treated with simvastatin 40 mg/kg i.p. daily for 14 consecutive days after induction of arthritis. Platelet- and leucocyte-endothelial cell interaction was assessed by measurement of rolling and adherent fluorescence-labelled platelets and leucocytes, functional capillary density (FCD) was evaluated, and knee joint diameter was determined as a clinical parameter. Results: In arthritic mice treated with simvastatin, a significant reduction in platelet- and leucocyte-endothelial cell interaction was observed in comparison to arthritic mice treated with vehicle. In addition, a significant reduction in FCD was seen in arthritic mice treated with simvastatin, along with a reduction in knee joint swelling of the AiA mice. Conclusions: Treatment of AiA mice with simvastatin showed significant reductions in platelet- and leucocyte-endothelial cell interactions, in FCD, and in the swelling of the knee joint. These results support the hypothesis of the anti-inflammatory effects of statins in the treatment of RA.
    Scandinavian journal of rheumatology 05/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: Inflammation and hyperuricaemia, which are the major characteristics of gout disease, are thought to be associated with carcinogenesis and anti-carcinogenesis, respectively. Therefore, we aimed to explore the causal effect on cancers from those with gout disease. Method: New gout patients without a history of cancer were included from 1998 to 2000, and they had been followed up from 2001 to 2008 to observe the incidence of cancers from national outpatient records in Taiwan. Results: A total of 8408 male gout patients and 25 010 male controls were included by matching gout patients' age and year and month of first diagnosis during the including period. The mean ages at diagnosis were 51.03 ± 14.52 and 50.90 ± 14.45 years for gout patients and controls, respectively. The overall incidence of all cancers was 9.82 cases per 1000 person-years among gout patients compared to 4.35 cases per 1000 person-years among controls after 8 years of follow-up. The age-adjusted standardized incidence ratios (SIRs) were 2.26 [95% confidence interval (CI) 2.06-2.49], 3.31 (95% CI 2.55-4.31), 3.14 (95% CI 2.12-4.64), and 2.18 (95% CI 1.34-3.56) for all cancers, prostate cancer, bladder cancer, and renal cancer, respectively. The cumulative hazard ratios (HRs) were significantly higher in gout patients than in controls with regard to developing prostate, bladder, and renal cancers (all p < 0.001). Conclusions: This study shows that gout patients are more likely to develop most cancers, especially the urological cancers: prostate, bladder, and renal cancers. The data also support the hypothesis of a link between metabolic syndrome (MetS) and cancer disorders.
    Scandinavian journal of rheumatology 05/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: Musculoskeletal chronic pain is a costly public health threat. The aim of our study was to investigate mental health indicators, including self-reported symptoms of depression, sleep disruption, stress, well-being, and quality of life (QoL), among men and women with musculoskeletal chronic pain in a general population. Method: This was a cross-sectional study; a postal questionnaire was mailed to a stratified random sample of 9807 eligible Icelanders retrieved from a national registry, of whom 5906 responded (response rate = 60.2%). Chronic pain conditions included reports of current chronic back pain, chronic neck symptoms, and/or fibromyalgia. Gender-stratified associations of chronic pain conditions with mental health indicators were estimated with logistic regression analyses adjusting for age, income, body mass index (BMI), smoking, education, and residence. Results: We observed higher odds of low satisfaction with life [adjusted odds ratio (OR(adj)) women 2.0, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.5-2.6; OR(adj) men 2.3, 95% CI 1.7-3.1], higher levels of perceived stress (OR(adj) women 1.7, 95% CI 1.3-2.2; OR(adj) men = 1.5, 95% CI 1.1-2.1), depressive symptoms (OR(adj) women 2.4, 95% CI 1.9-3.0; OR(adj) men 2.8, 95% CI 2.1-3.7), and sleep disruption (OR(adj) women 2.8, 95% CI 2.2-3.5; OR(adj) men 2.2, 95% CI 1.5-3.1), and diminished QoL (OR(adj) women 1.6, 95% CI 1.2-2.1; OR(adj) men 1.5, 95% CI 1.0-2.1) among individuals with chronic pain compared with those without the condition. Conclusions: Our data indicate that individuals with musculoskeletal chronic pain have increased risk of poor mental health and diminished QoL. Further studies are needed on treatment and preventative measures of a decline in mental health among individuals with chronic pain.
    Scandinavian journal of rheumatology 05/2014;
  • Scandinavian journal of rheumatology 04/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: The protein tyrosine phosphatase non-receptor type 22 (PTPN22) is generally accepted as a key factor in maintaining immune cellular homeostasis. So far, no association has been reported between the polymorphisms of PTPN22 and ankylosing spondylitis (AS) in Chinese populations. We attempted to explore the association between the PTPN22 gene and AS in a central south Chinese Han population. Method: Our study involved 180 HLA-B27(+) unrelated patients and 360 HLA-B27(-) healthy individuals. Seven single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs: rs2476601, rs1217414, rs1217418, rs1746853, rs1970559, rs3765598, and rs3811021) were detected. Genotyping was conducted using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) method. Results: rs2476601 was not polymorphic enough in both patients and controls. The SNP rs1217414 was found to be associated with AS but the other five of the seven selected SNPs (rs1217418, rs1746853, rs1970559, rs3765598 and rs3811021) were not. Conclusions: The PTPN22 gene might be associated with AS in a central south Chinese Han population.
    Scandinavian journal of rheumatology 04/2014;
  • Scandinavian journal of rheumatology 04/2014;
  • Scandinavian journal of rheumatology 04/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: Ischaemic digital ulcers (DUs) are a common complication of systemic sclerosis (SSc). This study aimed to characterize patients with SSc and ongoing DUs treated with the endothelin receptor antagonist bosentan in clinical practice in France. Method: An observational, retrospective, longitudinal study was conducted in 10 French expert centres. Medical records from randomly selected adult SSc patients who received treatment with bosentan for DU prevention from March 2007 to December 2010 were analysed. The primary objective was to determine the profile of patients at treatment initiation. Secondary objectives were to monitor bosentan dosing, treatment schedule, and reasons for treatment termination. Results: The study included 89 patients (mean age 52 years, 69% female, 44% diffuse cutaneous SSc). At bosentan treatment initiation, the mean duration of Raynaud's phenomenon was 15 ± 12 years, and the mean time since first episode with DU was 6.5 ± 7 years. Most patients had a history of at least two episodes with DUs, separated by < 12 months (61%), and had received intravenous iloprost (63%). Previous DU complications included auto-amputation (8%), surgical amputation (6%), osteitis (6%), and gangrene (4.5%). Active smokers (25%) had a history of significantly more surgical amputation (p = 0.004) and osteitis (p = 0.004) than non-smokers. At least one active DU at bosentan initiation was detected in 82% of patients. Bosentan was used according to prescription guidelines and was well tolerated; six patients (7%) withdrew from treatment because of raised liver enzymes. Conclusions: Patients treated with bosentan for DU prevention in France have severe, refractory, ongoing ulcerative disease. Active smoking was correlated to a history of DU complications. Tolerance of bosentan was comparable to previous studies.
    Scandinavian journal of rheumatology 04/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: To assess whether subclinical inflammatory changes are present on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and arthralgia. Method: In this pilot study, painful hand joints [metacarpophalangeal (MCP), proximal interphalangeal (PIP), and/or distal interphalangeal (DIP)] of 11 IBD patients (age 18-45 years) with continuous pain for > 6 weeks were scanned on a 1.5-T extremity MRI system. A control group of 11 IBD patients without joint pain who were matched for type and disease duration of IBD, gender, and age was included. All patients were clinically examined by a rheumatologist for the presence of pain and arthritis. Imaging was performed according to a standard arthritis protocol with intravenous contrast administration on the same day. Images (blinded for clinical information) were evaluated by two readers in consensus for the presence of joint fluid, synovitis, tenosynovitis, enthesitis, erosions, cartilage defects, and bone marrow oedema. Results: Enthesitis was seen in three hand joints (MCP 2, MCP 3, PIP 3) of 2/11 (18%) arthralgia patients and in none of the control group (p = 0.48). A small amount of subchondral bone marrow oedema was seen in the metacarpal head of two controls. No other abnormalities were observed. Conclusions: Several young IBD patients with chronic hand pain had subclinical inflammation on MRI, which invites for further study in a larger group of patients.
    Scandinavian journal of rheumatology 04/2014;
  • Scandinavian journal of rheumatology 04/2014;
  • Scandinavian journal of rheumatology 04/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: To study anal sphincter morphology, anal sphincter pressure, and rectoanal inhibitory reflex (RAIR) in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc) complicated by anal incontinence (AI) and to investigate possible risk factors for AI in SSc. Method: Nineteen SSc patients with severe AI were investigated using anal endosonography, anal manometry, and rectal manovolumetry. To determine risk factors for AI, disease characteristics of SSc patients with AI were compared with those of 95 SSc patients without AI; there were five matched SSc patients without AI for each SSc patient with AI. Results: The mean (SD) internal sphincter thickness was 1.3 (0.46) mm in patients with AI, which was thinner (p < 0.001) than reference data from healthy individuals whose internal sphincter measured 2.2 (0.45) mm, whereas the external sphincter thickness did not differ. The mean (SD) resting pressure in AI patients was lower than the reference data from healthy individuals [60 (22) vs. 94 (29) mmHg, p < 0.002] whereas the squeeze pressure did not differ. Centromeric antibodies and features of vascular disease [i.e. the presence of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), digital ulcers, pitting scars, or the need for iloprost infusions] were associated with AI whereas fibrotic manifestations [i.e. modified Rodnan skin score (mRss), the diffuse cutaneous SSc (dcSSc) subset, or low vital capacity (VC)] were not. Conclusions: SSc patients with AI have a thin internal anal sphincter and a low resting pressure. Risk factors for AI among SSc patients are centromeric antibodies and vascular disease, which supports the hypothesis that gastrointestinal involvement in SSc is in part a vascular manifestation of the disease.
    Scandinavian journal of rheumatology 04/2014;
  • Scandinavian journal of rheumatology 04/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have increased mortality and morbidity due to cardiovascular disease (CVD). A high apolipoprotein (apo)B/apoA1 ratio is known to predict cardiovascular events (CVEs) in the population. apoA1 has, besides anti-atherogenic effects, anti-inflammatory properties. The importance of apolipoproteins in the development of CVEs, in the context of lipids, haemostatic factors, and inflammation, was evaluated over 18 years in patients with RA. Method: Seventy-four patients with inflammatory active RA (61 females/13 males, mean age 63.6 years, disease duration 22.1 years) had been previously investigated in a study of haemostatic factors [tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), plasminogen activator inhibitor (PAI)-1, von Willebrand factor (vWF)], lipids (cholesterol and triglycerides), apolipoproteins (apoA1 and apoB), lipoprotein(a) [Lp(a)], and markers of inflammation [erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), C-reactive protein (CRP), and haptoglobin]. After 18 years, the first CVE during follow-up and the presence of traditional CV risk factors, extra-articular disease, and pharmacological treatment were registered. Cox proportional hazards regression was used to identify predictors of a new CVE. Results: A new CVE (n = 34) was predicted by the apoB/apoA1 ratio (p < 0.01), the triglyceride level (p < 0.01), PAI-1 (p < 0.01) and tPA (p < 0.01) activities, vWF (p < 0.001), ESR (< 0.001), CRP (< 0.05), and haptoglobin (p < 0.05). apoA1 (p = 0.056) and apoB (p < 0.05) correlated weakly and inversely with haptoglobin and CRP, respectively. In a multiple Cox regression model, adjusted for gender and previous CVD, the apoB/apoA1 ratio significantly predicted a new CVE, as did vWF, PAI-1, and ESR. Conclusions: The apoB/apoA1 ratio was a good predictor of CVE during 18 years of follow-up in patients with active RA. Apolipoproteins correlated negatively with inflammation.
    Scandinavian journal of rheumatology 04/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: The American College of Rheumatology/European League Against Rheumatism (ACR/EULAR) remission criteria for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are more stringent than index-based criteria, making it more difficult to achieve a patient's global assessment (PGA) than an evaluator's global assessment (EGA). We investigated the reason for the discrepancy between the PGA and the EGA in a Japanese clinical cohort. Method: We assessed clinical and laboratory variables in our clinical cohort. The frequency of remission achievement according to the ACR/EULAR remission criteria and predictors of the discrepancy between the PGA and EGA were analysed. Results: Of 370 patients with RA, 89 fulfilled PGA criteria and 167 patients fulfilled EGA criteria. The PGA was highly correlated with the visual analogue scale (VAS) pain score and non-inflammatory variables including Steinbrocker class and the Health Assessment Questionnaire Disability Index (HAQ-DI). Conversely, inflammatory variables, including swollen joint count (SJC), tender joint count (TJC), and C-reactive protein (CRP) levels, were significantly associated with the EGA. The main predictors of the discrepancy between the PGA and the EGA were patient's VAS pain score, SJC, and functional disability. Conclusions: Increased pain and functional disability led to a discrepancy towards a worse PGA than EGA, whereas increased SJC led to an accordance towards a worse EGA.
    Scandinavian journal of rheumatology 03/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: To determine the clinical impact of muscle involvement in a large systemic sclerosis (SSc) cohort. Method: Using the Canadian Scleroderma Research Group (CSRG) database, SSc patients with either elevated creatine kinase (CK) or a prior history of myositis/myopathy were identified. Regression and Kaplan-Meier analyses were performed to determine characteristics associated with muscle involvement in SSc and survival outcome. Results: In 1145 patients with SSc, 5.6% had an elevated CK. This subset was more likely to be male (24.5% in elevated CK vs. 12.6% in normal CK, p < 0.013), younger (52 vs. 56 years, p < 0.045), have diffuse cutaneous SSc (dcSSc; 40.4% vs. 37.9%, p < 0.002), tendon friction rubs (30.0% vs. 13.4%, p < 0.001), and forced vital capacity (FVC) < 70% (23.9% vs. 13.1%, p < 0.039), be ribonucleoprotein (RNP) antibody positive (12.0% vs. 5.0%, p < 0.032), topoisomerase1 (topo1)-antibody positive (26.0% vs. 14.4%, p < 0.026), have a higher modified Rodnan skin score (MRSS; 16.14 vs. 9.81, p < 0.001), and a higher Health Assessment Questionnaire (HAQ) score (0.98 vs. 0.79, p < 0.011). Survival was reduced for patients with elevated CK (p < 0.025). Nearly 10% of patients in the CSRG cohort had a prior history of myositis/myopathy. This subset also had findings similar to those with elevated CK and increased mortality (p < 0.003). Conclusions: Muscle involvement in SSc has a poor prognosis impacting survival, especially in men with early dcSSc with topo1 and RNP autoantibodies and interstitial lung disease (ILD).
    Scandinavian journal of rheumatology 03/2014;