Angela Padula

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OBJECTIVE To determine the sensitivity of the CASPAR criteria in patients with early psoriatic arthritis (PsA). METHODS Consecutive patients with a clinical diagnosis of PsA and a disease duration < 12 months were enrolled for study. The proportion of patients meeting the criteria (i.e., the sensitivity) was determined. RESULTS Forty-four patients with(More)
Introduction Behçet’s disease (BD) is a vasculitis in which the hallmark lesions are oral and often genital ulcers. Involvement of parenchymal central nervous system (neuro-Behçet’s) is a serious complication commonly characterized by brainstem and/or basal ganglia lesions. To date, treatment of neuro-Behçet’s remains largely empirical, and may not(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the clinical characteristics of patients with "pure" remitting seronegative symmetrical synovitis with pitting oedema (RS3PE) syndrome, and to investigate its relation with polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR). Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was used to describe the anatomical structures affected by inflammation in pure RS3PE syndrome. (More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the frequency and the characteristics of distal musculoskeletal manifestations in polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR). METHODS Prospective followup study of 177 consecutive patients meeting clinical criteria for PMR, diagnosed over a 5-year period in 2 rheumatology secondary referral centers in Italy. RESULTS Seventy-nine of the 177(More)
To underline the importance of considering a diagnosis of undifferentiated spondyloarthritis (uSpA) in patients presenting polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) features. All patients with late onset uSpA meeting criteria for PMR at the onset of their disease seen in the Rheumatology Division of Xeral-Calde Hospital of Lugo, Spain during a 5 year period, and in the(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the efficacy and tolerability of cyclosporine (CSA) with that of symptomatic therapy (ST) alone and sulfasalazine (SSZ) in the treatment of psoriatic arthritis (PsA). METHODS Twelve rheumatology centers recruited 99 patients with active PsA in a 24 week, prospective, randomized, open, controlled study. The patients were treated with(More)
OBJECTIVE To summarize the evidence about the relationship between polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) and giant cell arteritis (GCA). METHODS Review of relevant articles from the English-language literature. RESULTS Epidemiologic studies suggest that PMR and GCA are closely related conditions affecting people over 50 years and frequently occurring in the same(More)
OBJECTIVE Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed that subacromial/subdeltoid bursitis is the most frequent shoulder lesion in polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR). We evaluated whether shoulder ultrasonography (US) was as effective as MRI in the detection of this lesion and assessed the sensitivity and specificity of bilateral subacromial/subdeltoid bursitis in(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the inflammatory involvement of shoulder articular and extraarticular structures in polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) patients with a normal erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) at diagnosis. METHODS This was a case-control study. All consecutive, untreated new outpatients diagnosed as having PMR with a normal ESR (<40 mm/hour) during(More)