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OBJECTIVE To evaluate the efficacy of anti-tumour necrosis factor (TNF) treatments (given for rheumatological manifestations) in reducing uveitis flares in patients with spondylarthropathy in daily practice. METHODS A retrospective observational study of all patients with spondylarthropathy with at least one uveitis flare treated with anti-TNF in one(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the rate of infections in rheumatic patients treated with tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha blockers in daily practice and to determine potential risk factors of infections. METHODS Systematic retrospective study was conducted in a tertiary-referral centre of all patients receiving at least one TNF-alpha blocker, between 1997 and(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the association between a single nucleotide polymorphism in the gene of FCGR3A and the response to treatment with rituximab (RTX) in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS SMART is a randomised open trial assessing two strategies of re-treatment in patients responding to 1 g infusion of RTX with methotrexate on days 1 and 15 after failure,(More)
We used a standard DXA device equipped with a C-arm to do in vivo reconstruction of human vertebrae from two orthogonal scans. This new technique, called 3D-XA (three-dimensional X-ray absorptiometry), allows the direct measurement of geometric parameters of the vertebrae with a good accuracy and precision. Geometric parameters are predictors of bone(More)
OBJECTIVE Tumor necrosis factor (TNF) blockers have been reported to increase the risk of infections, thrombosis, and delayed healing. However, there is little data on the risk of complications after surgery in rheumatic patients receiving TNF blockers. The aim of this study was to assess the complication rate after surgery in such patients, to assess the(More)
OBJECTIVES The aims of this study were to assess the prevalence of US-detected residual synovitis in patients with RA in clinical remission (CR) and evaluate its predictive value for relapse and structural progression. METHODS We performed a systematic literature search of Medline, Embase and rheumatology meeting databases from 1 January 2001 to 28 May(More)
This systematic literature review studied the potential association between vertebral fracture risk and vertebral dimensions. Analysis showed that patients with vertebral fractures have smaller non-fractured vertebrae than patients without fractures. Vertebral size is an independent risk factor of vertebral fractures. Biomechanical factors such as vertebral(More)
OBJECTIVE In ankylosing spondylitis (AS), tumor necrosis factor (TNF) blockers are recommended for patients with high symptomatic disease activity. Few data are available about objective signs of inflammation such as increased C-reactive protein (CRP). We assessed the retention rate of TNF blockers in patients with axial AS, according to baseline CRP and(More)
OBJECTIVE To develop recommendations about the use of glucocorticoids in patients with established rheumatoid arthritis (RA) managed in everyday practice, using the evidence-based approach and expert opinion. METHODS A three-step procedure was used: a scientific committee used a Delphi procedure to select five questions, which formed the basis for(More)
OBJECTIVE Swollen and tender joints, important in assessing rheumatoid arthritis (RA) activity, have traditionally been evaluated by health professionals. Whether patients can accurately evaluate joints is uncertain. This study evaluated 1) the reliability of patient-assessed swollen joint counts (SJCs) and tender joint counts (TJCs) versus those assessed(More)