Jolanta Dadoniene

Valstybinis mokslinių tyrimų institutas Inovatyvios medicinos centras, Vil'nyus, Vilniaus Apskritis, Lithuania

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  • Artery Research 01/2010; 4(4):162-162.
  • Artery Research 01/2010; 4(4):178-178.
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to investigate the survival of Lithuanian patients with Wegener's granulomatosis, who were followed up at two tertiary rheumatology centers, and to find the factors possibly influencing the outcomes of this disease. Thirty-five patients were followed up prospectively from the onset of disease (the first patient was enrolled in 1994) at Vilnius University Hospital and the Center of Rheumatology of Kaunas University of Medicine (17 and 18 patients, respectively). All patients in both the centers were followed up on a routine basis, and their records contained necessary information about laboratory and biopsy data; the censoring date (end of follow-up) was stated in June 2006. Among the patients, the most frequent organs involved were ear, nose, throat (ENT) (82.6%), lungs (74.3%), and kidney (renal involvement was defined by proteinuria/abnormal urine sediment) (45.7%). Renal insufficiency was present in 20.6% of all the patients. At the end of the study, 32.4% of patients had simultaneously all three organ systems involved, namely upper respiratory tract, pulmonary, and renal. ANCA positivity was found for 26 (74.3%) of all the patients. Overall mortality rate was 25.7% (9/35). The mean survival was 99.4 months (95% CI, 73.6; 125.3) limited to 149 months for the longest-surviving patient. Female gender and all three specific organ involvements being present at the same time and higher vasculitis damage index were associated with poor outcome. Overall mortality rate was 25.7% (9/35) during the 12-year follow-up, and it is similar to the data from other European countries.
    Medicina (Kaunas, Lithuania) 01/2010; 46(4):256-60. · 0.55 Impact Factor
  • Artery Research 12/2009; 3(4):187-187.
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    ABSTRACT: To evaluate the utility of the duration of morning stiffness (MS), as a patient-reported outcome (PRO), in assessing rheumatoid arthritis (RA) disease activity. We acquired information on 5439 patients in QUEST-RA, an international database of patients with RA evaluated by a standard protocol. MS duration was assessed from time of waking to time of maximal improvement. Ability of MS duration to differentiate RA activity states, based on Disease Activity Score (DAS)28, was assessed by analysis of variance; and a receiver-operating characteristic (ROC) curve was plotted for discriminating clinically active (DAS28 > 3.2) from less active (DAS28 <or= 3.2) RA. Mixed-effect analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) models were used to assess the utility of adding MS duration to Routine Assessment of Patient Index Data (RAPID)3, a PRO index based on physical function, pain, and general health (GH), in predicting the 3-variable DAS28 (DAS28v3). MS duration had moderate correlation (r = 0.41-0.48) with pain, Health Assessment Questionnaire, and GH; and weak correlation (r = 0.23-0.39) with joint counts and erythrocyte sedimentation rate. MS duration differed significantly among patients with different RA activity (p < 0.001). The area under the ROC curve of 0.74 (95% CI 0.72-0.75) showed moderate ability of MS duration to differentiate clinically active from less active RA. ANCOVA showed significant interactive effects between RAPID3 and the MS duration categories (p = 0.0005) in predicting DAS28v3. The effect of MS was found to be clinically important in patients with the low RAPID3 scores (< 6) in whom the presence of MS may indicate clinically active disease (DAS28v3 > 3.2). MS duration has a moderate correlation with RA disease activity. Assessment of MS duration may be clinically helpful in patients with low RAPID3 scores.
    The Journal of Rheumatology 11/2009; 36(11):2435-42. · 3.26 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Carotid-radial pulse wave velocity (PWV), aortic augmentation index (AIx) and endothelium-dependent flow-mediated dilatation (FMD) have been repeatedly showed to be related to premature atherosclerosis and cardiovascular diseases in different settings of population. The increased arterial stiffness and endothelium dysfunction may add to premature aging of the arteries in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients. Still data about arterial stiffness and endothelium function in inflammatory rheumatic diseases are not well described. The aim of this study was to determine the PWV, its derivate marker AIx and FMD and factors possibly influencing them in young SLE women without significant organ damage. Thirty women between 23 and 55 years with an established SLE diagnosis and 66 healthy women were consequently included in the study and both groups were comparable according to age, body mass index (BMI), serum lipid profile and creatinine. PWV was determined by measuring carotid-radial pulse wave transit time with the help of applanation tonometry and AIx, its derivate marker, was calculated as a difference between two waveform peaks expressed as a percentage of the pulse pressure. The FMD was performed by obtaining the repeated scans of the brachial artery at rest and during reactive hyperemia. In SLE women, PWV and AIx were significantly higher and FMD was not different from controls. In linear multiple stepwise regression analysis if patients and controls were both considered, PWV was weakly related to mean blood pressure (MBP), AIx was mostly predicted by age and MBP and FMD was predicted by the diameter of blood vessel, BMI, high density lipoproteins. If the sole SLE setting was analyzed, PWV was not related to any of the pending parameters, AIx turned out to be related to organ damage measured by Systemic Lupus International collaborative Clinics (SLICC) index and age, and FMD obtained strong and significant relation with vessel diameter, and BMI, and disease duration. Regardless of the small number of study group patients, we can state that controlling for MBP and taking measures towards organ damage prevention can partially slow down the process of early atherosclerosis in SLE patients.
    Lupus 02/2009; 18(6):522-9. · 2.78 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is characterized by thickening and fibrosis of skin and internal organs that is associated with vascular damage. SSc may lead to arterial dysfunction and premature aging of the arteries. However, its relationship with parameters of arterial wall dysfunction has not been fully explored. To determine if carotid-radial pulse wave velocity (PWV), aortic augmentation index (AIx) and endothelial function are altered in SSc patients, 17 consecutive patients with SSc and 34 age- and gender-matched controls were included in our study. PWV and AIx were assessed non-invasively by applanation tonometry. The endothelium-dependent flow-mediated dilatation (FMD) test in a brachial artery was performed by the ultrasound system. The blood investigations included serum lipid profile, glucose, and high-sensitivity CRP (hsCRP) measurements. As compared to controls, SSc patients had significantly higher medians of the AIx (p = 0.002) and the PWV (p = 0.04) and the median of the FMD was significantly lower (p = 0.001). Stepwise linear regression including comorbid factors showed that SSc was a significant independent predictor of all arterial wall parameters measures. SSc patients have increased AIx and PWV and lower FMD as compared to control subjects. The relationship between SSc and measures of arterial wall parameters still remains unclear. Though replication of the results presented here is required, we conclude that SSc has a great impact on large and conduit arteries damage.
    Clinical Rheumatology 12/2008; 27(12):1517-22. · 2.04 Impact Factor
  • Artery Research 08/2008; 2(3):106-107.
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    ABSTRACT: To assess the prevalence of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and spondyloarthropathy (SpA) in two Lithuanian cities, Vilnius and Kaunas. The first step in this study involved the translation and validation of a telephone questionnaire developed by rheumatologists and epidemiologists in France. The second step comprised the prevalence survey. To detect RA and SpA cases in the populations of Vilnius and Kaunas, 6542 subjects selected randomly (every 50th) from the latest telephone book were interviewed by telephone using a validated case detection questionnaire (the screening phase). All subjects with rheumatic symptoms but an uncertain diagnosis were contacted by a rheumatologist (confirmation phase) by telephone. If the diagnosis remained uncertain, the subjects were invited for a rheumatological examination. We attempted to contact 3370 telephone numbers in Vilnius and 3172 in Kaunas, and had a response rate of 62.5% and 67.7%, respectively. Over the course of all the study phases (telephone interview, rheumatologist's interview, and clinical examination), 39 RA cases and 27 SpA cases were detected, resulting in a crude prevalence of 0.92% for RA (95% CI 0.65-1.25) and 0.64% (95% CI 0.42-0.92) for SpA. The standardized prevalence rate according to age and sex in the Lithuanian population showed an RA prevalence of 0.55 (95% CI 0.39-0.74) and a SpA prevalence of 0.84 (95% CI 0.53-1.21). The prevalence of RA and SpA in Lithuania was found to be one of the higher rates in Europe. A telephone interview using a validated short questionnaire enabled a cost- and time-saving epidemiological survey to be conducted to detect RA and SpA cases in the community.
    Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology 01/2008; 37(2):113-9. · 2.22 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: At the stop sign we read the “red flags” and made up our mind and followed one of the road signs pointing to secondary, primary or fake vasculitis. Since then we have steadily followed the road map and passed the first (patient history and physical exam), second and third milestones (laboratory, imaging and pathology studies in the primary care and specialized centres) and have finally reached our destination at the fourth milestone (Part IV) on the road map review to vasculitis. In the management of these syndromes, Birmingham Vasculitis Activity Score (BVAS) and Vasculitis Damage Index (VDI) are not widely used in the routine clinical work, but they are introduced as the idea behind them is really valid. The backbone of the medical therapy is the use of immunosuppressive doses of prednisone (1 mg/kg/day). In some life-threatening and non-responsive vasculitides this is combined with cyclophosphamide 2–4 mg/kg/day or 0.5–1.0 g/m2 i.v. every 2–4 weeks (European Vasculitis group uses 15 mg/kg every 2–3 weeks), often at 3–6 months substituted either with methotrexate or azathioprine. In contrast, i.v. immunoglobulins are to be used in Kawasaki's syndrome; cyclosporine, dapsone or colchicine in Behçet's disease; calcium channel blockers in BACNS; and NSAID in small vessel disease; whereas plasmapheresis or immunoadsorption are added to the therapy in Goodpasture's syndrome. Particular attention is drawn to the treatment of the triggers, use of biologicals and new cytostatic drugs and anti-metabolites, prevention of thromboembolic complications with anti-platelet drugs as well as to odd and orphan entities. A short travelogue ends our odyssey as the last sign on our roadmap.
    Indian Journal of Rheumatology 12/2007; 2(4):141–146.
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    ABSTRACT: To estimate the burden of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in Vilnius, Lithuania, the former socialist country in Eastern Europe, in terms of patients' need for help from other persons and to explore the factors which influence the need for physical help. Some 537 patients with RA, registered in Vilnius, answered questions about socio-demographics, disease characteristics, categories of required help, the use of major appliances and adaptations, underwent a clinical examination and filled in the modified health assessment questionnaire (MHAQ) and arthritis impact measurement scale (AIMS). Logistic regression was used to assess which variables from those explored influenced the need for physical help. A total of 230 (42.9%) patients out of 537 were requiring help from other persons, and the proportion was equally high in all the disease duration categories. A quarter of the patients (25.1%) were classified to ACR III and IV functional impairment groups. In multivariate logistic regression model the risk to become dependent on external help ultimately depended on MHAQ (10.32 [CI 95% 6.57; 16.23], p < 0.001) but the use of joint stabilization measures (1.97 [CI 95% 1.06; 3.64], p < 0.01) and 28 tender joints count (1.02 [CI 95% 1.0; 1.06], p < 0.05) were also important. Nearly half of the patients reported being dependent on others and a quarter of patients were in definite need for that. The functional impairment is the most important risk factor, although identifying the group using joint stabilization measures routinely may be of practical value in order to define the risk group which may need the external help in future.
    Disability and Rehabilitation 09/2007; 29(18):1470-4. · 1.54 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In the third part of this four part review, we already have the stop sign and our three road signs pointing to secondary vasculitides, pseudovasculitides and primary vasculitides behind our back and we have also passed the first milestone, where “patient history and physical examination” was written with large black block letters. GP can get far with simple blood, urine and stool tests and routine X-rays (second milestone). Almost all vasculitides of clinical significance are characterized by increased ESR and raised C-reactive protein levels and often also by normocytic normochromic anaemia, leucocytosis, eosinophilia and thrombocytosis. Urine test may demonstrate haematuria, proteinuria and cylindruria, X-ray of the paranasal cavities chronic sinusitis and chest X-ray shadowing and cavitations. Serological tests may disclose an unexpected hepatitis B or C or perhaps ANCA. The possibilities described form such a cornucopia that we need to have our patient history and physical examination right for the right picks. This is even more pertinent when we take to the sledgehammer in the referral centres (third milestone) and deal with the histopathology of vasculitides as hopefully seen in biopsies rather than autopsies or perform invasive radiology. High resolution colour Doppler ultrasound offers a useful, non-invasive method for the diagnosis and guidance of an eventual biopsy site in temporal arteritis and is helpful in the diagnosis of Takayasu's arteritis and Kawasaki disease. Aortic arch, mesenteric, splanchnic or renal angiographies, MRI, contrast-enhanced CT, gadolinium-enhanced magnetic resonance angiography and positron emission tomography are dealt with but require the right patient and the right “doctor decision maker” not to cause harm and to avoid waste of scant resources.
    Indian Journal of Rheumatology 09/2007; 2(3):100–104.
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    ABSTRACT: Since the triggering factors causing primary vasculitides are by definition not (yet) known, we have to classify them to clinical syndromes based on the size, site, type and effect of the blood vessel involvement. ACR classification criteria and Chapel Hill nomenclature are useful tools to familiarize with the primary vasculitides, although a lot of criticism has been voiced in the literature indicating that they only represent the best available consensus. The present text takes advantage of the recent developments such as introduction of the anti-neutrophilic cytoplasmic auto (ANCA) antibodies, and divides the vasculitides to those affecting typically the large, medium and small arteries or only small blood vessels. In addition, some vasculitides, which are still difficult to place to the vasculitis map, like Bürger's disease, Goodpasture's syndrome, primary angiitin of the central nervous system (PACNS) and panniculitis, are dealt with. As it is a long and winding road, attention has to be paid to the clinical details to follow the road sign to “pseudovasculitis”, when that is the right way to go. They represent a bunch of non-vasculitic conditions, which lead to structural or vasospastic impairment of the blood flow, bleeding or thromboembolism and hyperviscosity. These imitators have to some extent, similar clinical symptoms and signs as well as laboratory and radiological findings to those found in true systemic vasculitides. This also emphasizes the importance of internal medicine as the intellectual (albeit not necessarily organizational) home of rheumatology and rheumatologists as we deal with conditions like atherosclerosis, antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, infectious endocarditic, myxoma of the heart and cholesterol embolism.
    Indian Journal of Rheumatology 06/2007; 2(2):55–64.
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    ABSTRACT: Vasculitis is characterized by inflammation of the wall of blood vessels. It involves immunologically mediated responses to usually unknown antigens, which result in vessel wall damage. Weakening of the vessel wall can lead to aneurysms, dissections or bleeding and narrowing of the lumen (caused by vasculitis per se and complicating thrombosis and embolization) resulting in ischemic damage and necrosis of the affected end organs and tissues. The first part of this four-part review describes the red flags and stop signs, which could help the busy doctor to stop and to start to think of the possibility of vasculitis. This is particularly important as many of these syndromes are life-threatening and hence their diagnostics can be compared to “a rheumatologic treasure hunt” as the treasured life of the patient is often at stake. Everything starts with simple measures, namely taking the patient history and conducting a complete physical examination. This is often enough for the identification of triggering factors as causes as well as targets of therapy in secondary vasculitides. They are often also enough for the right diagnosis, which only needs to be confirmed, perhaps by specialists, with more elaborate and expensive methodology.
    Indian Journal of Rheumatology 03/2007; 2(1):11–16.
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    ABSTRACT: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is accompanied by long lasting inflammation, which may lead to arterial dysfunction and premature aging of the arteries. The purpose of this clinical work was to determine the modification of carotid-radial pulse wave velocity (PWV) and aortic augmentation index (AIx) in young-aged RA patients and the influence of treatment with anti-TNF-alpha (infliximab) on these measures. We examined 68 RA patients (mean age 40.68 yrs) with moderate or high disease activity (DAS28 5.37 +/- 0.94) and 87 controls (mean age 38.10 yrs). PWV and AIx were assessed non-invasively by applanation tonometry. A blood test included serum lipid profile, and high-sensitivity CRP measurements. We found that in RA patients, AIx (p < 0.001) was significantly higher while PWV (p = 0.315) did not differ as compared to control. Multiple regression analysis revealed the presence of RA is an independent predictor for AIx (R2 = 0.718, adjusted R2 = 0.707; p < 0.001). Analysis (Mann-Whitney test) in 15 RA patients revealed lowering of PWV (p = 0.004) under infliximab therapy with no change in AIx (p = 0.573), suggesting the improvement of arterial wall function by anti-TNF-alpha therapy. We conclude that increased AIx is more prominent in RA patients as compared to the controls. PWV appears to be a less sensitive marker for the detection of enhanced development of arterial stiffness in relatively young-aged RA patients. However, PWV may serve as a good marker to discern effects of infliximab on artery elasticity.
    Proceedings of the Western Pharmacology Society 02/2007; 50:119-22.
  • Artery Research 01/2007; 1(2):55-56.
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to explore the prevalence of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in Lithuania (Vilnius). Two different studies were designed for SLE cases identification: registry-based SLE study and population-based SLE study. For the registry-based study patients were enrolled during the period of 1999-2004 and from two sources, including out-patient clinics of Vilnius and tertiary rheumatology center with interview during the year 2004. Only Vilnius residents who fulfilled the ACR 1982 revised criteria for the classification of SLE were counted in this study. Seventy-six living adult patients with SLE were interviewed and accounted for the prevalence of 16.2/100000 (0.016%) using the Vilnius adult population in January 2004 (a population of 470451). The population study of randomly selected 10,000 Vilnius inhabitants with beforehand validation of the survey was performed in the same year. The population-based study revealed two cases for 4017 respondents, but the low response rate may be important. Extrapolating the results to population of 10000 inhabitants, the point prevalence of SLE in the entire sample was at least 0.02%. Therefore, the prevalence of SLE in Lithuania is the lowest if compared to Northern European countries.
    Lupus 02/2006; 15(8):544-6. · 2.78 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To compare the health-related quality of life between patients with rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus and a control group. Eighty-eight patients with rheumatoid arthritis, 40 patients with systemic lupus erythematosus and 40 women who did not suffer from any inflammatory joint disease (control group) participated in this comparative study. The questionnaires they completed included information about their sociodemographic status and comorbidities. Patients with rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus were assessed for pain (visual analogical scale), extra-articular manifestations, and disease activity; also they completed questionnaires for the evaluation of physical function (Health Assessment Questionnaire--HAQ) and burden of arthritis (Arthritis Impact Measurement Scale). All groups under investigation completed the health-related quality questionnaire SF-36 (Medical Outcomes Study Short Form-36) validated in Lithuania. The study of health-related quality of life of women with rheumatic disease showed that patients with systemic lupus erythematosus had stronger pain (p=0.017). It was also found that the activity of patients with rheumatoid arthritis was more limited because of emotional problems (p=0.038). No significant differences were found in other areas of life quality. It was recognized that in comparison to other groups, the quality of life of the control group was better (p=0.000) from the point of view of physical activity, limitations of activity because of physical problems, pain, overall health status and social relations. The psychological status of the latter was undoubtedly worse. In this study it was found that all patients with rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus had evaluated most of the aspects of health-quality very similarly. Significant differences have been determined when assessing pain and limitation of activity because of emotional problems. The health-related quality of life of the control group is definitely better than that of the rest in most aspects, except for the psychological one.
    Medicina (Kaunas, Lithuania) 02/2005; 41(7):561-5. · 0.55 Impact Factor
  • Rita Rugiene, Jolanta Dadoniene, Algirdas Venalis
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    ABSTRACT: To adapt the Lithuanian "SF-36" questionnaire, to assess psychometric and life quality criteria for patients with rheumatoid arthritis and for control group. Linguistic and cross-cultural adaptation of the Lithuanian "SF-36" questionnaire was made on the basis of the stages referred to in the international project of health quality assessment. For the evaluation of psychometric criteria, data from Vilnius rheumatoid arthritis register (502 patients) and those of the control group (83 people) were used. The reliability of "SF-36" questionnaire was assessed by determining homogeneity, internal consistency of scales and scale stability in time and by calculating the intraclass correlation coefficient. Face, contents and construct validity of the "SF-36" questionnaire has been evaluated, as well as the quality of life of patients with rheumatoid arthritis and those of the control group. After making linguistic and cultural adaptation of the questionnaire, its final version has been prepared. In assessing the homogeneity of "SF-36", a high and middle-sized correlation between different items of the questionnaire has been noticed in the control group (r=0.51-0.71) and in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (r=0.57-0.83). Internal consistency for the items was also good enough (Kronbach alpha=0.79-0.85) for both tested groups. Stability in time was high for all items of the questionnaire, for the exception of vitality (r=0.074). Face and contents validity of the questionnaire is rather good. Estimates of the correlation between items of the quality of life questionnaire and other questionnaires have shown good convergent and discriminant construct validity. Evaluations of the quality of life in almost all spheres, except emotional, by patients with rheumatoid arthritis were worse than by the rest. Questions of health-related quality of life questionnaire are easy to understand and acceptable for the respondents. Reliability and validity of the questionnaire is rather high. For the exception of emotional status, quality of life in almost all spheres was considered as bad by patients with rheumatoid arthritis. The control group had more complaints about the emotional status.
    Medicina (Kaunas, Lithuania) 02/2005; 41(3):232-9. · 0.55 Impact Factor