Manoel Barros Bertolo

University of Campinas, Conceição de Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil

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    ABSTRACT: Rheumatoid arthritis is a polygenically controlled systemic autoimmune disease. Rheumatoid vasculitis is an important extra-articular phenotype of rheumatoid arthritis that can result in deep cutaneous ulcers. The objective of this study was to establish a correlation between the frequency of major histocompatibility complex class I/II alleles and killer immunoglobulin-like receptor genotypes in patients with cutaneous rheumatoid vasculitis. Using the Scott & Bacon 1984 criteria to diagnose rheumatoid vasculitis and after excluding any other causes such as diabetes, atherosclerosis, adverse drug reactions, infection, and smoking, patients who met the criteria were selected. All of the selected rheumatoid vasculitis patients presented deep cutaneous ulcers. Identification of the major histocompatibility complex class I/II and killer immunoglobulin-like receptor genotypes was performed by polymerase chain reaction assays of samples collected from the 23 rheumatoid vasculitis patients as well as from 80 controls (40 non-rheumatoid vasculitis RA control patients and 40 healthy volunteers). An association between the presence of the HLA-DRB1*1402 and HLA-DRB1*0101 alleles and cutaneous lesions in rheumatoid vasculitis patients and a correlation between the inhibitor KIR2DL3 and the HLA-C*0802 ligand in rheumatoid vasculitis patients were found. An association was found between the presence of the HLA-DRB1*1402 and HLA-DRB1*0101 alleles and the development of cutaneous lesions in rheumatoid vasculitis patients. Additionally, the HLA-C*0802 ligand protects these individuals from developing cutaneous lesions.
    Clinics (São Paulo, Brazil) 06/2015; 70(6):408-12. DOI:10.6061/clinics/2015(06)04 · 1.42 Impact Factor
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    Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia 03/2015; 91. DOI:10.1016/j.rbr.2015.01.006 · 0.99 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To characterize cumulative joint damage (CJD) patterns in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and determine their associations with demographic/clinical features and HLA-DRB1 gene polymorphism. Hand and foot radiographs were obtained from 404 patients with RA. CJD patterns were determined by 3 derivations from Sharp/van der Heijde scores, obtained by the mathematical division of scores for hands/feet (Sharp-h/f score), fingers/wrists (Sharp-f/w score), and erosion/space narrowing (Sharp-e/sn score), respectively. DNA and serum were obtained for deter- mination of HLA-DRB1 polymorphism, rheumatoid factor (RF), and anticitrullinated protein antibodies (ACPA). Patients with wrist-dominant CJD pattern were more likely to have severe RA than those with finger-dominant pattern (68.4% vs 46.0%; p = 0.036) as were those with foot-dominant vs hand-dominant CJD pattern (76.5% vs 56.4%; p = 0.044). HLA-DRB1 shared epitope (SE) alleles were associated with erosion-dominant CJD pattern (p = 0.021). Patients with erosion-dominant CJD pattern had higher levels of RF and ACPA than those with space-narrowing-dominant CJD pattern (median RF 71.35 U/ml vs 22.05 U/ml, respectively; p = 0.003; median ACPA 187.9 U/ml vs 143.2 U/ml, respectively; p < 0.001). The majority of triple-positive patients (SE+, RF+, ACPA+) had erosion-dominant CJD pattern (62.3%) while the majority of triple-negative patients (SE-, FR-, ACPA-) had space narrowing-dominant CJD pattern (75%; p = 0.017). ACPA was associated with HLA-DRB1 SE alleles (p < 0.05). Patients with foot-dominant CJD pattern were taller than those with hand-dominant CJD pattern (p = 0.002); those with erosion-dominant CJD pattern had higher weight and body mass index than those with space narrowing-dominant CJD pattern (p = 0.014, p = 0.001). CJD patterns were associated with disease severity, HLA-DRB1 SE status, presence and titer of ACPA and RF, and morphometric features.
    The Journal of Rheumatology 02/2015; 42(3). DOI:10.3899/jrheum.131177 · 3.17 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The treatment of autoimmune rheumatic diseases has gradually improved over the last half century, which has been expanded with the contribution of biological therapies or immunobiopharmaceuticals. However, we must be alert to the possibilities of undesirable effects from the use of this class of medications. The Brazilian Society of Rheumatology (Sociedade Brasileira de Reumatologia/SBR) produced a document based on a comprehensive literature review on the safety aspects of this class of drugs, specifically with regard to the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and spondyloarthritides. The themes selected by the participating experts, on which considerations have been established as the safe use of biological drugs, were: occurrence of infections (bacterial, viral, tuberculosis), infusion reactions, hematological, neurological, gastrointestinal and cardiovascular reactions, neoplastic events (solid tumors and hematologic neoplasms), immunogenicity, other occurrences and vaccine response. For didactic reasons, we opted by elaborating a summary of safety assessment in accordance with the previous themes, by drug class/mechanism of action (tumor necrosis factor antagonists, T-cell co-stimulation blockers, B-cell depletors and interleukin-6 receptor blockers). Separately, general considerations on safety in the use of biologicals in pregnancy and lactation were proposed. This review seeks to provide a broad and balanced update of that clinical and experimental experience pooled over the last two decades of use of immunobiological drugs for RA and spondyloarthritides treatment. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Editora Ltda. All rights reserved.
    11/2014; 55(3). DOI:10.1016/j.rbre.2014.06.006
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract 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 applicated. 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<0.001). BASDAI also presented higher scores associated with the female gender (p<0.001) and patients who did not practice exercises (p < 0.001). Regarding the axial component, higher values of BASDAI were significantly associated with inflammatory low back pain (p<0.049), alternating buttock pain (p<0.001), cervical pain (p<0.001) and hip involvement (p<0.001). There was also statistical association between BASDAI scores and the peripheral involvement, related to the lower (p=0.004) and upper limbs (p=0.025). The presence of enthesitis was also associated to higher scores of BASDAI (p=0.040). Positive HLA-B27 and the presence of cutaneous psoriasis, inflammatory bowel disease, uveitis and urethritis were not correlated with the mean scores of BASDAI. Lower scores of BASDAI were associated with the use of biologic agents (p<0.001). CONCLUSION: In this heterogeneous Brazilian series of SpA patients, BASDAI was able to demonstrate "disease activity" in patients with axial as well as peripheral disease.
    Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia 10/2014; DOI:10.1016/j.rbr.2014.05.005. · 0.99 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: 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. 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 applicated. The total values of BASDAI were compared to the presence of the different variables. 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<0.001). BASDAI also presented higher scores associated with the female gender (p<0.001) and patients who did not practice exercises (p < 0.001). Regarding the axial component, higher values of BASDAI were significantly associated with inflammatory low back pain (p<0.049), alternating buttock pain (p<0.001), cervical pain (p<0.001) and hip involvement (p<0.001). There was also statistical association between BASDAI scores and the peripheral involvement, related to the lower (p=0.004) and upper limbs (p=0.025). The presence of enthesitis was also associated to higher scores of BASDAI (p=0.040). Positive HLA-B27 and the presence of cutaneous psoriasis, inflammatory bowel disease, uveitis and urethritis were not correlated with the mean scores of BASDAI. Lower scores of BASDAI were associated with the use of biologic agents (p<0.001). In this heterogeneous Brazilian series of SpA patients, BASDAI was able to demonstrate "disease activity" in patients with axial as well as peripheral disease. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Editora Ltda. All rights reserved.
    Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia 10/2014; 55(1). DOI:10.1016/j.rbr.2014.05.005 · 0.99 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The treatment of autoimmune rheumatic diseases has gradually improved over the last half century, which has been expanded with the contribution of biological therapies or immunobiopharmaceuticals. However, we must be alert to the possibilities of undesirable effects from the use of this class of medications. The Brazilian Society of Rheumatology (Sociedade Brasileira de Reumatologia/SBR) produced a document based on a comprehensive literature review on the safety aspects of this class of drugs, specifically with regard to the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and spondyloarthritides. The themes selected by the participating experts, on which considerations have been established as the safe use of biological drugs, were: occurrence of infections (bacterial, viral, tuberculosis), infusion reactions, hematological, neurological, gastrointestinal and cardiovascular reactions, neoplastic events (solid tumors and hematologic neoplasms), immunogenicity, other occurrences and vaccine response. For didactic reasons, we opted by elaborating a summary of safety assessment in accordance with the previous themes, by drug class/mechanism of action (tumor necrosis factor antagonists, T‐cell co‐stimulation blockers, B‐cell depletors and interleukin‐6 receptor blockers). Separately, general considerations on safety in the use of biologicals in pregnancy and lactation were proposed. This review seeks to provide a broad and balanced update of that clinical and experimental experience pooled over the last two decades of use of immunobiological drugs for RA and spondyloarthritides treatment.
    Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia 10/2014; 5(3). DOI:10.1016/j.rbr.2014.06.006 · 0.99 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: OBJECTIVE: To analyze the clinical and epidemiologic characteristics of juvenile-onset spondyloarthritis (SpA) (< 16 years) and compare them with a group of adult-onset (≥ 16 years) SpA patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Prospective, observational and multicentric cohort with 1,424 patients with the diagnosis of SpA according to the European Spondyloarthropathy Study Group (ESSG) submitted to a common protocol of investigation and recruited in 29 reference centers participants of the Brazilian Registry of Spondyloarthritis (RBE - Registro Brasileiro de Espondiloartrites). Patients were divided in two groups: age at onset<16 years (JOSpA group) and age at onset ≥ 16 years (AOSpA group). RESULTS: Among the 1,424 patients, 235 presented disease onset before 16 years (16.5%). The clinical and epidemiologic variables associated with JOSpA were male gender (p<0.001), lower limb arthritis (p=0.001), enthesitis (p=0.008), anterior uveitis (p=0.041) and positive HLA-B27 (p=0.017), associated with lower scores of disease activity (Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index - BASDAI; p=0.007) and functionality (Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Functional Index - BASFI; p=0.036). Cutaneous psoriasis (p<0.001), inflammatory bowel disease (p=0.023), dactylitis (p=0.024) and nail involvement (p=0.004) were more frequent in patients with adult-onset SpA. CONCLUSIONS: Patients with JOSpA in this large Brazilian cohort were characterized predominantly by male gender, peripheral involvement (arthritis and enthesitis), positive HLA-B27 and lower disease scores.
    Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia 09/2014; 54(6):424. DOI:10.1016/j.rbr.2014.06.005 · 0.99 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Brazilian epidemiological studies on rheumatoid arthritis are scarce, mainly in the northeast; thus many data currently available originate from the international literature. To describe demographic, clinical and serological characteristics of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) followed-up by the same physician, in state of Piauí, Brazil. Data were collected between August 2010 and March 2013, in three health services of Piauí that provided health care in Rheumatology: a university-affiliated hospital, a public outpatient clinic and a private clinic. The numbers represent mean ± SD or percentage: 47.5±11.03 years-old non-Caucasian woman, non-smoker (59.2%), low educational level, mean disease duration of 7.7 years ± 7.6, and major extra-articular manifestations were rheumatoid nodules (19.4%) and sicca syndrome (46.9%). Features of rheumatoid arthritis obtained in this study are similar to those found in some national and international studies, but we observed higher female preponderance and illiteracy rate, in addition to a moderately severe erosive disease on average, with frequent sicca and other extra-articular manifestations. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Editora Ltda. All rights reserved.
    Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia 09/2014; 54(5):360-5. DOI:10.1016/j.rbr.2014.02.005 · 0.99 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Objective To evaluate the modified US7 score (MUS7 score SYN) in the assessment of patients with early rheumatoid arthritis (ERA). In addition, dorsal and palmar recesses of the wrists as well as of small joints of the hands and feet were examined for the presence of synovitis by means of a global assessment of joints. Methods The study sample comprised 32 patients treated for arthritis, with an average disease duration of 13 months. An ultrasound machine with high frequency transducer was used. Hands were also X‐rayed and analysed by Larsen score. Results Out of the 832 examined joints, synovitis was detected in 173 (20,79%), tenosynovitis in 22 (4,91%), and erosions in 3 (1,56%). Synovitis was predominantly detected in the dorsal recess (73,38%) of MCP and PIP joints, when compared with palmar recess (26%). The presence of synovitis in the joints evaluated correlated with clinical (HAQ‐DI, DAS28), laboratory (ACPA, RF, CRP), and ultrasound results (r = 0,37 to r = 0,42; p = 0,04 to p = 0,003). We found correlation of the MUS7 score SYN of the gray scale US or of the power Doppler US with DAS28 (PCR) values (r = 0,38; p = 0,0332), and with CRP results (r = 0,39; p = 0,0280), respectively. Conclusion The dorsal recess, the wrist, and small joints can be considered as important sites to detect synovitis by the MUS7 score SYN in patients with ERA.
    Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia 08/2014; 54(4):287–294. DOI:10.1016/j.rbr.2014.03.026 · 0.99 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Objetivo Avaliar o escore US7 modificado (escore MUS7 SIN) na avaliação de pacientes com artrite reumatoide inicial (ARI). Além disso, foram examinados recessos dorsais e palmares dos punhos, bem como pequenas articulações das mãos e dos pés, para o diagnóstico de sinovite, mediante uma avaliação global das articulações. Métodos A amostra do estudo compreendeu 32 pacientes tratados para artrite, com 13 meses como duração média da doença. Foi utilizado um aparelho de ultrassonografia (US) com transdutor de alta frequência. As mãos dos participantes também foram radiografadas e analisadas pelo escore de Larsen. Resultados Nas 832 articulações examinadas, detectou-se sinovite em 173 (20,79%), tenossinovite em 22 (4,91%) e erosões em três (1,56%). A sinovite foi predominantemente detectada no recesso dorsal (73,38%) das articulações MCF e IFP, quando comparado com o recesso palmar (26%). A presença de sinovite nas articulações avaliadas teve correlação com os resultados clínicos (HAQ-DI, DAS28), laboratoriais (anti-PCC, FR, PCR) e ultrassonográficos (r = 0,37 a r = 0,42; p = 0,04 a p = 0,003). Encontramos correlação do escore MUS7 SIN para US na técnica da escala de cinzas (gray scale) ou na técnica de Doppler de amplitude (power Doppler) com os valores do instrumento DAS28 (PCR) (r = 0,38; p = 0,0332) e com os resultados da PCR (r = 0,39; p = 0,0280), respectivamente. Conclusão O recesso dorsal, o punho e as pequenas articulações podem ser considerados como locais importantes para a detecção de sinovite pelo escore MUS7 SIN em pacientes com ARI.
    08/2014; 54(4):287–294. DOI:10.1016/j.rbre.2014.08.001
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    ABSTRACT: Background. The aim of the present study was to analyze the score of fatigue in a large cohort of Brazilian patients with SpA, comparing different disease patterns and its association with demographic and disease-specific variables. Methods. A common protocol of investigation was prospectively applied to 1492 Brazilian patients classified as SpA according to the European Spondyloarthropathies Study Group (ESSG) criteria, attended at 29 reference centers. Clinical and demographic variables were recorded. Fatigue was evaluated using the first item of the Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index (BASDAI) questionnaire. Results. The mean BASDAI fatigue score was 4.20 ± 2.99. There was no significant difference in the fatigue score between the different SpA. Fatigue was higher in female patients (p < 0.001), with mixed (axial + peripheral) involvement (p < 0.001) and in those who did not practice exercises (p < 0.001). Higher scores of fatigue were significantly associated with inflammatory low back pain (p = 0.013), alternating buttock pain (p = 0.001), cervical pain (p = 0.001), and hip involvement (p = 0.005). Fatigue presented a moderate positive statistical correlation with Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Functional Index (BASFI) (0.469; p < 0.001) and Ankylosing Spondylitis Quality of Life (0.462; p < 0.001). Conclusion. In this large series of Brazilian SpA patients, higher fatigue scores were associated with female gender, sedentary, worse functionality, and quality of life.
    Modern Rheumatology 06/2014; 24(6):1-5. DOI:10.3109/14397595.2014.906049 · 2.21 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The Centers for High Cost Medication (Centros de Medicação de Alto Custo, CEDMAC), Health Department, São Paulo were instituted by project in partnership with the Clinical Hospital of the Faculty of Medicine, USP, sponsored by the Foundation for Research Support of the State of São Paulo (Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo, FAPESP) aimed at the formation of a statewide network for comprehensive care of patients referred for use of immunobiological agents in rheumatological diseases. The CEDMAC of Hospital de Clínicas, Universidade Estadual de Campinas (HC‐Unicamp), implemented by the Division of Rheumatology, Faculty of Medical Sciences, identified the need for standardization of the multidisciplinary team conducts, in face of the specificity of care conducts, verifying the importance of describing, in manual format, their operational and technical processes. The aim of this study is to present the methodology applied to the elaboration of the CEDMAC/HC‐Unicamp Manual as an institutional tool, with the aim of offering the best assistance and administrative quality. In the methodology for preparing the manuals at HC‐Unicamp since 2008, the premise was to obtain a document that is participatory, multidisciplinary, focused on work processes integrated with institutional rules, with objective and didactic descriptions, in a standardized format and with electronic dissemination. The CEDMAC/HC‐Unicamp Manual was elaborated in 10 months, with involvement of the entire multidisciplinary team, with 19 chapters on work processes and techniques, in addition to those concerning the organizational structure and its annexes. Published in the electronic portal of HC Manuals in July 2012 as an e‐Book (ISBN 978‐85‐63274‐17‐5), the manual has been a valuable instrument in guiding professionals in healthcare, teaching and research activities.
    Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia 05/2014; 54(3):185–191. DOI:10.1016/j.rbr.2013.10.004 · 0.99 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Os Centros de Medicação de Alto Custo (CEDMAC) da Secretaria de Saúde do Estado de São Paulo foram instituídos por projeto em parceria com Hospital das Clínicas da Faculdade de Medicina da USP, patrocinado pela Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP), visando à formação de rede estadual para atendimento integral dos pacientes indicados ao uso de agentes imunobiológicos nas doenças reumatológicas. O CEDMAC do Hospital de Clínicas da Universidade Estadual de Campinas (HC-Unicamp), implementado pela Disciplina de Reumatologia da Faculdade de Ciências Médicas, identificou a neces- sidade de padronização das condutas da equipe multidisciplinar, frente à especificidade da assistência, verificando a importância da descrição, em formato de manual, dos seus processos de trabalho e técnicas. O objetivo do estudo foi apresentar a metodologia de construção do manual do CEDMAC/HC-Unicamp como ferramenta institucional, visando à qualidade assistencial e administrativa. A metodologia para elaboração dos manuais no HC-Unicamp, desde 2008, tem como premissas ser participativo, multidisciplinar, focado em processos de trabalho, integrado às normas institucionais, com descrição objetiva e didática, formato padronizado e divulgação eletrônica. O Manual do CEDMAC/HC-Unicamp foi construído em dez meses, com o envolvimento de toda equipe multidisciplinar, tendo 19 capítulos sobre processos de trabalho e técnicas, além dos relativos à estrutura orga- nizacional e anexos. Publicado no portal eletrônico dos Manuais HC, em julho de 2012, como e-book, com registro ISBN 978-85-63274-17-5. O Manual tem sido valioso instrumento na orientação dos profissionais da área nas atividades assistenciais, de ensino e pesquisa.
    05/2014; 54(3):185–191. DOI:10.1016/j.rbre.2013.10.003
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    ABSTRACT: Na errata do artigo original «Diretrizes para o diagnóstico da artrite reumatoide» (Rev Bras Reumatol 2013;53(2):141-157) publica- da em Rev Bras Reumatol 2013;53(3):318 onde se lê: Licia Maria Henrique da Motaa,*, Bóris Afonso Cruza, Claiton Viegas Brenola, Ivânio Alves Pereiraa, Lucila Stange Rezende-Fronzaa, Manoel Barros Bertoloa, Max Vitor Carioca Freitasa, Nilzio Antônio da Silvaa, Paulo Louzada-Juniora, Rina Dalva Neubarth Giorgia, Rodrigo Aires Corrêa Limaa, Ronaldo Adib Kairallab, Alexandre de Melo Kawassakib, Wanderley Marques Bernardoc, Geraldo da Rocha Castelar Pinheiroa a Sociedade Brasileira de Reumatologia, São Paulo, SP, Brasil b Sociedade Brasileira de Pneumologia e Tisiologia, Brasília, DF, Brasil c Associação Médica Brasileira, São Paulo, SP, Brasil leia-se: Licia Maria Henrique da Motaa,*, Bóris Afonso Cruza, Claiton Viegas Brenola, Ivânio Alves Pereiraa, Lucila Stange Rezende-Fronzaa, Manoel Barros Bertoloa, Max Vitor Carioca Freitasa, Nilzio Antônio da Silvaa, Paulo Louzada-Juniora, Rina Dalva Neubarth Giorgia, Rodrigo Aires Corrêa Limaa, Ronaldo Adib Kairallab, Alexandre de Melo Kawassakib, Wanderley Marques Bernardoc, Geraldo da Rocha Castelar Pinheiroa a Sociedade Brasileira de Reumatologia, São Paulo, SP, Brasil b Sociedade Brasileira de Pneumologia e Tisiologia, Brasília, DF, Brasil c Associação Médica Brasileira, São Paulo, SP, Brasil
    Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia 03/2014; 54(2):159. DOI:10.1590/S0482-50042013000300012 · 0.99 Impact Factor
  • Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases 01/2014; 71(Suppl 3):714-714. DOI:10.1136/annrheumdis-2012-eular.1331 · 10.38 Impact Factor
  • Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases 01/2014; 72(Suppl 3):A949-A949. DOI:10.1136/annrheumdis-2013-eular.2846 · 10.38 Impact Factor
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    Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases 01/2014; 71(Suppl 3):710-710. DOI:10.1136/annrheumdis-2012-eular.1264 · 10.38 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn's disease and ulcerative rectocolitis) have extraintestinal manifestations 25% of the patients, with the most common one being the enteropathic arthritis. Prospective, observational, multicenter study with patients from 29 reference centers participating in the Brazilian Registry of Spondyloarthritis (RBE), which incorporates the RESPONDIA (Ibero-American Registry of Spondyloarthritis) group. Demographic and clinical data were collected from 1472 patients and standardized questionnaires for the assessment of axial mobility, quality of life, enthesitic involvement, disease activity and functional capacity were applied. Laboratory and radiographic examinations were performed. The aim of this study is to compare the clinical, epidemiological, genetic, imaging, treatment and prognosis characteristics of patients with enteropathic arthritis with other types of spondyloarthritis in a large Brazilian cohort. A total of 3.2% of patients were classified as having enteroarthritis, 2.5% had spondylitis and 0.7%, arthritis (peripheral predominance). The subgroup of individuals with enteroarthritis had a higher prevalence in women (P < 0.001), lower incidence of inflammatory axial pain (P < 0.001) and enthesitis (P = 0.004). HLA-B27 was less frequent in the group with enteroarthritis (P = 0.001), even when considering only those with the pure axial form. There was a lower prevalence of radiographic sacroiliitis (P = 0.009) and lower radiographic score (BASRI) (P = 0.006) when compared to patients with other types of spondyloarthritis. They also used more corticosteroids (P < 0.001) and sulfasalazine (P < 0.001) and less non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (P < 0.001) and methotrexate (P = 0.001). There were differences between patients with enteroarthritis and other types of spondyloarthritis, especially higher prevalence of females, lower frequency of HLA-B27, associated with less severe axial involvement.
    Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia 12/2013; 53(6):452-459. DOI:10.1016/j.rbr.2013.04.001 · 0.99 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives. The aim of this study was to evaluate human leukocyte antigen (HLA) involvement in the disease expression and poor prognostic clinical features (pulmonary fibrosis and pulmonary arterial hypertension) in patients diagnosed with systemic sclerosis (SSc) in a multiethnic population. Methods. SSc patients followed up between 2008 and 2011 were included, and clinical data were obtained through records review. Molecular HLA typing was performed (polymerase chain reaction amplification technique using specific primer sequences). The statistical analysis involved Fisher's exact test and Pearson's corrected chi-square test. P values ≤ 0.05 were considered significant. The delta method was used to estimate the variance of the prevalence ratio (PR). Results. A total of 141 patients (120 women and 21 men) with SSc were studied, including 33.3% with diffuse cutaneous SSc (dcSSc), 62.4% with limited cutaneous SSc (lcSSc), and 4.3% with sine scleroderma. Pulmonary fibrosis was present in 61 patients (43.3%), and the HLA-A∗30 and DQB1∗04 alleles were related to susceptibility. In contrast, the HLA-DRB1∗01 and DQB1∗05 alleles were protective. Pulmonary arterial hypertension was diagnosed in 19 patients (13.5%) and was associated with HLA-B∗35 and C∗04; in contrast, C∗03 seemed to be protective. Conclusions. Our current study documents the association of some classes I and II HLA alleles with the most severe clinical manifestations in a multiethnic case series. Our findings differed slightly from the previous data in other populations.
    Disease markers 07/2013; 35(2):73-8. DOI:10.1155/2013/301415 · 2.17 Impact Factor

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Institutions

  • 1999–2015
    • University of Campinas
      • • Faculty of Medical Sciences
      • • Hospital de Clínicas
      Conceição de Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil
  • 2012
    • Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina (Unisul)
      Tubarão, Santa Catarina, Brazil
    • Universidade de Fortaleza
      Ceará, Ceará, Brazil