Rheumatology International (RHEUMATOL INT)

Publisher: Springer Verlag

Journal description

Rheumatology International is an independent journal reflecting world-wide progress in the research diagnosis and treatment of the various rheumatic diseases. It is designed to serve the international and interdisciplinary group of workers involved in problems of rheumatic diseases. Rheumatology International will cover all modern trends in clinical and experimental research as well as in the management of rheumatic diseases. Special emphasis will be given to immuno-pathogenetic mechanisms inflammatory reactions collagen metabolism genetics epidemiology therapeutic modulation of immunological and inflammatory mechanisms and development and evaluation of diagnostic procedures connected with rheumatic diseases. Contributions to these topics will appear in the form of original publications informative case reports short communications editorials and reviews. "Letters to the editor" will be welcome as an enhancement to discussion. Every effort will be made to ensure speed of publication while maintaining a high standard of contents and production.

Current impact factor: 1.52

Impact Factor Rankings

2016 Impact Factor Available summer 2017
2014 / 2015 Impact Factor 1.516
2013 Impact Factor 1.627
2012 Impact Factor 2.214
2011 Impact Factor 1.885
2010 Impact Factor 1.431
2009 Impact Factor 1.493
2008 Impact Factor 1.327
2007 Impact Factor 1.27
2006 Impact Factor 1.07
2005 Impact Factor 1.477
2004 Impact Factor 1.038
2003 Impact Factor 1.013
2002 Impact Factor 1
2001 Impact Factor 0.893
2000 Impact Factor 1.162
1999 Impact Factor 1.108
1998 Impact Factor 0.8
1997 Impact Factor 0.821
1996 Impact Factor 1.093
1995 Impact Factor 1.185
1994 Impact Factor 1.337
1993 Impact Factor 1.056
1992 Impact Factor 1.083

Impact factor over time

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Additional details

5-year impact 1.55
Cited half-life 4.20
Immediacy index 0.46
Eigenfactor 0.01
Article influence 0.41
Website Rheumatology International website
Other titles Rheumatology international (Online)
ISSN 0172-8172
OCLC 60637814
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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Publications in this journal

  • Hye-Lin Kim · Dam Kim · Eun Jin Jang · Min-Young Lee · Hyun Jin Song · Sun-Young Park · Soo-Kyung Cho · Yoon-Kyoung Sung · Chan-Bum Choi · Soyoung Won · [...] · Hye-Soon Lee · Jisoo Lee · Shin-Seok Lee · Sung Won Lee · Sung-Hoon Park · Seung-Cheol Shim · Dae-Hyun Yoo · Bo Young Yoon · Sang-Cheol Bae · Eui-Kyung Lee ·

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  • Mounika Reddy · Surjit Singh · Amit Rawat · Avinash Sharma · Deepti Suri · Manoj Kumar Rohit

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  • Ali Taylan · Burak Karakas · Aytac Gulcu · Merih Birlik
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    ABSTRACT: Inflammatory orbital pseudotumor is often associated with rheumatologic disorders. It has been reported commonly with ANCA-associated vasculitides, especially granulomatosis with polyangiitis (Wegener's granulomatosis). There are also a few cases of large vessel vasculitis such as giant cell arteritis and Behcet's disease. Here, we report a patient with undiagnosed Takayasu arteritis presenting with proptosis and diplopia, with later diagnosis of an inflammatory pseudotumor of the orbit. In this case, we believe extensive involvement of blood vessels, including bilateral pulmonary artery stenosis, and elevated inflammatory markers that show disease activity may be related to pseudotumor formation in Takayasu arteritis. Since this is an unusual and unreported presentation of the disease, better estimation of a causal relationship may be possible in the future with further information. In conclusion, although uncommon, this case highlights that orbital pseudotumor may be an important finding in Takayasu arteritis. For early diagnosis, better treatment, and good prognosis, it should be considered in patients presenting with ocular symptoms similar to the other vasculitides.
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of the study was to assess drug levels, immunogenicity and sacroiliitis on MRI in patients with axial spondyloarthritis under biologic tapering strategy. Consecutive patients with axial spondyloarthritis who remained in low disease activity more than 1 year after dose tapering of infliximab and adalimumab were included. Plasma drug concentrations of TNF inhibitors and anti-drug antibodies were determined, and MRI of sacroiliac joints was evaluated. Of twenty patients included, eighteen had therapeutic drug levels, no patient had anti-drug antibodies, and no patient had active sacroiliitis on MRI. These data could support the biologic tapering strategy and their maintenance over time.
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    ABSTRACT: Prevalence of celiac disease (CD) is 2.42 % in healthy Turkish children. The frequency of IgA-associated disorders is increased in CD. Henoch-Schoenlein purpura (HSP) is an IgA-associated vasculitis. Association of HSP with CD has not been evaluated. We aimed to evaluate whether CD prevalence is increased in children with HSP. Children with HSP were evaluated for demographic, anthropometric, clinical, and laboratory data including urinalysis, complete blood count, albumin, creatinine, and IgA levels. In addition, tTG-IgA, EMA-IgA, anti-DGP-IgA, and IgG antibody levels were measured. Seropositive patients were evaluated by endoscopic small bowel biopsy. The rate of CD seropositivity and confirmed CD in HSP patients was compared to the rate in healthy Turkish children. There were 42 children (25 male) with HSP. No patient had classical CD symptoms, but two patients had growth failure. None of them had IgA deficiency, anemia or hypoalbuminemia. Celiac serology was positive in five (12 %) children. Endoscopic evaluation was performed in four patients, and two (5 %) of them were confirmed to have CD. Prevalence of both CD seropositivity and histologically confirmed CD in children with HSP was significantly higher compared to healthy Turkish children (p < 0.001 and p = 0.019, respectively). CD seropositivity rate in children with HSP (12 %) is significantly higher than the rate in healthy children. Although the number of children with HSP is small in this preliminary study, this result suggests that celiac screening may be considered in children with HSP.
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    ABSTRACT: The main objective of this study was to describe real-world treatment persistence with subcutaneous tumor necrosis factor-alpha inhibitors (SC-TNFi) in patients with ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, or rheumatoid arthritis [collectively immune-mediated rheumatic disease, (IMRD)] in Sweden. A secondary objective was to describe potential effects on health care resource utilization (HCRU) cost from non-persistence. Patients were identified through filled prescriptions for adalimumab (ADA), etanercept (ETA), certolizumab pegol (CZP), and golimumab (GLM) between 5/6/2010 and 12/31/2012 from the Swedish Prescribed Drug Register. Persistence was estimated using survival analysis. Costs were derived from HCRU and comprised specialized outpatient care, inpatient care and non-disease-modifying antirheumatic drug medications. A total of 4903 patients were identified (ADA: 1823, ETA: 1704, CZP: 622, GLM: 754). Comparisons over 3 years showed that GLM had significantly higher persistence than ADA (p = 0.022) and ETA (p = 0.004). The mean difference in non-biologic HCRU costs between persistent and non-persistent patients was higher after compared to before the start of biologic therapy. SC-TNFi-naïve IMRD patients initiating treatment with GLM had significantly higher persistence rates than patients initiating treatment with ADA or ETA in Sweden. Furthermore, persistence rates observed in the study were lower than those observed in clinical trials, highlighting the need for an all-party (provider–patient–payer–drug manufacturer) engagement and development of programs to increase persistence rates in clinical practice, thus leading to improved clinical outcomes. In addition, the results of this study indicate that persistence to treatment with SC-TNFi may be associated with cost offsets in terms of non-biologic costs.
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    ABSTRACT: Patient-reported outcomes (PROs) are being increasingly recognized as important measures by rheumatologists. The objective of this review was to evaluate the frequency of use of PROs in studies of patients with polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR). A systematic literature search was performed in PubMed (up to April 2015) to identify any type of clinical studies reporting any type of PROs in patients with PMR. Articles were excluded if they did not include adults with PMR or did not report any PROs. Characteristics of each study such as study design, follow-up, treatment assessed if any, number of patients, mean age, gender, and a description of PROs used were collected to perform a descriptive analysis. From 118 initial studies captured, 28 articles met the predefined criteria, and 20 were finally included in this review. Ten studies (50 %) were randomized clinical trials (RCTs), and 8 (40 %) were cohorts. The most frequently reported domains were: pain (90 %), being the most frequent tool using a visual analogue scale; morning stiffness in minutes (85 %); and function (25 %), evaluated through the Health Assessment Questionnaire. Other domains such as patient global assessment, fatigue, quality of life, and anxiety and depression were infrequently reported. A larger proportion of PROs were included in cohorts in comparison with RCT. Pain and morning stiffness are the most frequently reported PROs. Other domains that may appear relevant for patients are infrequently reported, especially function.
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    ABSTRACT: Interleukin-31 (IL-31) is the most recently discovered member of the gp130/IL-6 cytokine family which is produced mainly by activated Th2 cells. IL-31 was proved to play a crucial role in autoimmune and inflammatory diseases such as atopic dermatitis, asthma, cutaneous T cell lymphomas, Kawasaki disease and allergic rhinitis. Previous studies have identified that IL-31 could significantly induce the release of proinflammatory cytokines IL-6. Moreover, a large number of studies have shown that IL-6 plays an important role in the pathogenesis of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). However, up to date, no study to data was reported on the relationship between IL-31 and SLE. Therefore, in the present study, we investigated the association between IL-31 polymorphisms and its serum levels with the risk of SLE in a Chinese population. We analyzed two single nucleotide polymorphisms of IL-31 gene rs7977932 C/G and rs4758680 G/T in 190 patients with SLE and 250 age- and sex-matched controls, using polymerase chain reaction-single base extension and DNA sequencing methods. Soluble IL-31 (sIL-31) levels were measured by ELISA. From this study, we found that there were significant differences in the genotype and allele frequencies of IL-31 gene rs7977932 C/G polymorphism between the group of patients with SLE and the control group (P < 0.05). sIL-31 levels were increased in patients with SLE compared with controls (P < 0.01). Moreover, genotypes carrying the IL-31 rs7977932 G variant allele were associated with increased IL-31 levels compared to the homozygous wild-type genotype in patients with SLE. The rs7977932 C/G polymorphism of IL-31 gene and its sIL-31 levels were associated with SLE in the Chinese population. Our data suggest that IL-31 gene may play a role in the development of SLE.
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    ABSTRACT: To examine the cross-sectional associations of the serum uric acid level and hyperuricemia (HU) with the radiographic features of osteoarthritis (OA), including osteophytes (OST) and joint space narrowing (JSN), a total of 4685 subjects were included in this study. Blood samples were drawn from all subjects. Serum uric acid and some other indexes were detected. OST and JSN were assessed for each subject according to the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) atlas. A multivariable logistic analysis model was applied to test the target associations after adjusting a number of potential confounding factors. The prevalence of OST was increased in the highest tertile of uric acid compared to the lowest in female subjects (OR 1.46, 95 % CI 1.07-1.99, P for trend = 0.02). Meanwhile, a positive association between OST and HU was observed in female subjects (OR 1.43, 95 % CI 1.01-2.03, P = 0.05). However, serum uric acid and HU were not significantly associated with JSN in male subjects. The findings of this study indicated that the serum uric acid concentration and prevalence of HU are positively associated with OST of the knee in the female population. Level of evidence Cross-sectional study, Level III.
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of the study was to investigate the predictive value of different reduced joint ultrasound (US) assessments of synovitis and tenosynovitis in relation to unstable remission in a cohort of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients on methotrexate therapy. Forty-seven RA patients (38 women, 9 men), being treated with methotrexate (MTX), in clinical remission as judged by their consultant rheumatologist were evaluated for disease activity according to the Disease Activity Score (DAS) 28 at baseline and 6 months. Sustained remission and unstable remission were defined according to the baseline and 6-month DAS28 and changes in RA therapy during the follow-up. Each patient underwent at baseline a B-mode and power Doppler (PD) assessment of 44 joints and 20 tendons/tendon compartments by a rheumatologist blinded to the clinical and laboratory data. B-mode synovial hypertrophy (SH), synovial PD signal, B-mode tenosynovitis, and Doppler tenosynovitis were scored 0-3. The presence and index of synovial PD signal in 44 joints [odds ratio (OR) 8.21 (p = 0.016) and OR 2.20 (p = 0.049), respectively] and in 12 joints [OR 5.82 (p = 0.041) and OR 4.19 (p = 0.020), respectively], the presence of SH in wrist and MCP joints [OR 4.79 (p = 0.045)], and the presence of synovial PD signal in wrist-MCP-ankle-MTP joints [OR 4.62 (p = 0.046)] were predictors of unstable remission. The 12-joint or wrist-hand-ankle-MTP US assessments can predict unstable remission in RA patients in apparent clinical remission being treated with MTX.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2015 · Rheumatology International
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    ABSTRACT: The most dreaded complication of familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) is amyloidosis; controversy exists as to what acute phase reactant (APR) should be monitored in these patients. To analyze the best acute phase reactant for FMF follow-up to help guide physicians to decide on what APR parameter to use, we also attempted to define the best APR in predicting the complications of FMF, specifically the development of amyloidosis. Systematic review based on a sensitive search to capture studies that: (1) included FMF patients; (2) measured serum amyloid A (SAA), CRP (C-reactive protein), proteinuria, or ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate); (3) amyloidosis were the outcome measure; (4) sensitivity, specificity, predictive value, and other performance parameters could be calculated; and (5) had a longitudinal design. Of 1905 captured items, 26 were selected for detailed review, of which only two finally met the criteria, and the quality was only moderate; the articles did not analyzed the performance by means of sensitivity and specificity to predict, or even detect, amyloidosis, and thus had to be calculated based on text. The 26 screened studies were very heterogeneous in designs, parameters measured, and results, despite being set from research questions similar to ours. They were mainly descriptive, and it was very difficult to interpret the true performance of the tests. The correlation between the various APR is low. The evidence supporting the monitoring of FMF with any APR over the others is limited. Well designed longitudinal studies with a mixture of outcomes should be undertaken. Until them, recommending an APR over other would be based on expert opinion and indirect evidence.
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of the study was to investigate the reliability and validity of Quality of Life Questionnaire of the European Foundation for Osteoporosis (QUALEFFO-26) in male osteoporosis patients from Chinese population. The simplified Chinese version of Male QUALEFFO-26 was translated and adapted on the basis of QUALEFFO-31, which was assigned to the cases and controls together with SF-36. Reliability was assessed using the intra-class correlation coefficient (ICC) and Cronbach's α. Validity was assessed with Pearson's correlation analysis between the similar domains of the two questionnaires. Receiver operating characteristics (ROC) curve analysis was carried out to determine the ability of male QUALEFFO-26 to discriminate between cases and controls. The ICC was 0.83 for pain domain, 0.79 for mental domain and 0.81 for physical function. Cronbach's α of each domain ranged from 0.82 to 0.89. Pearson correlation coefficients indicated significantly high correlations between corresponding domains of QUALEFFO-26 and SF-36, with r ranging from -0.523 to -0.832. ROC analysis showed that all the domains of QUALEFFO-26 were significantly predictive of vertebral deformity, with the values of AUC ranging from 0.68 to 0.84. The simplified Chinese version of Male QUALEFFO-26 was a valid, reliable and repeatable instrument showing favorable psychometric characteristics. The questionnaire can be used in male osteoporosis patients from Chinese population.
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    ABSTRACT: Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) is an autoinflammatory disease, which can be well controlled with lifelong use of colchicine. Since studies dealing with the efficacy and safety of colchicine were conducted mainly in the sixties and seventies of the previous century, it seems that this topic needs to be updated. Recently, an international expert panel was undertaken for the establishment of recommendations on how to manage FMF. We aimed to summarize the efficacy and safety of the current treatments available to prevent FMF attacks and to avert the appearance of amyloidosis secondary to FMF. A systematic review was performed. Two reviewers and methodologist established the protocol of the review and the epidemiological questions in PICO terms. MEDLINE through PubMed, Embase, and Cochrane Central Trials Register all up to May 31, 2014, were searched, and only randomized controlled trials or quasicontrolled trials were accepted. For each study, a judgment on risk of bias was then rated as high, moderate, or low. Of 1222 initially captured publications, 153 articles were studied in detail. Finally, only seven studies met all criteria and were included. Among these seven studies, four were randomized crossover clinical trials of colchicine including a total of 57 patients, one RCT of Andrographis paniculata Herba Nees extract employed in 24 patients, one randomized crossover clinical trial of Rilonacept used in 12 patients, and one RCT of interferon treating 34 acute abdominal attacks in 22 patients. The quality of the colchicine trials was low compared with the other drugs trials. Safety was not clearly mentioned in the trials. Colchicine is an effective treatment in FMF.
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of the study was to assess the possible association between type II collagen turnover seromarkers and disease profile in patients with axial spondyloarthritis (SpA) and psoriatic arthritis (PsA). Outpatients with axial SpA (n = 110) or PsA (n = 101) underwent clinical examination including disease activity measures and HLA-B27 typing. The procollagen IIA N-terminal peptide (PIIANP) and a matrix metalloproteinase-generated type II collagen fragment (C2M) were quantified in serum by ELISA. C2M was higher in SpA than in controls, 0.41 versus 0.36 ng/ml (p = 0.004), while PIIANP did not differ between patients and healthy subjects, 2252 versus 2142 ng/ml (p = 0.13). However, DMARD-naïve SpA patients had higher PIIANP, 2461 ng/ml (p = 0.01) and C2M, 0.44 ng/ml (p = 0.0007) levels than controls, and PIIANP correlated with CRP (ρ = 0.34). C2M was lower in SpA smokers, 0.36 ng/ml versus non-smokers, 0.43 ng/ml (p = 0.02), while PIIANP was higher in HLA-B27 positive, 2312 ng/ml versus negative patients, 2021 ng/ml (p = 0.03). In PsA, PIIANP and C2M did not differ between patients and controls, but PIIANP was elevated in patients not receiving DMARDs, 2726 ng/ml. In PsA, PIIANP and C2M did not differ according to smoking and HLA-B27. Cartilage degradation assessed by C2M is increased in SpA irrespective of treatment but not in PsA. Cartilage synthesis reflected by PIIANP is increased in untreated SpA and PsA. PIIANP correlates with CRP in SpA while not in PsA. In DMARD-naïve SpA but not in PsA, HLA-B27 positivity and smoking are associated with a chondro-proliferative metabolic pattern.
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