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OBJECTIVE TNF blockers have been recently evaluated for treating refractory sarcoidosis and could be efficient. However, several cases of sarcoidosis have been diagnosed during anti-TNF therapy. Here, we report the largest series of sarcoid-like granulomatosis following TNF blocker treatment. METHODS A call for observations of sarcoid-like granulomatosis(More)
OBJECTIVES To develop and/or update fact sheets about TNFα antagonists treatments, in order to assist physicians in the management of patients with inflammatory joint disease. METHODS 1. selection by a committee of rheumatology experts of the main topics of interest for which fact sheets were desirable; 2. identification and review of publications(More)
INTRODUCTION There is a lack of consensus about the definition of flare of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and a measurement tool. OBJECTIVES To develop a self-administered tool integrating the perspectives of the patient and the rheumatologist, enabling the detection of present or recent-past RA flare. METHODS The patient perspective was explored by(More)
OBJECTIVE To test the hypothesis of an association between a polymorphism in the matrix metalloproteinase 3 (MMP-3) gene promoter and the susceptibility, severity, and progression of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and to further document the association between HLA-DRB1 alleles encoding the shared epitope (SE) and the severity and progression of RA. METHODS(More)
OBJECTIVES To develop fact sheets about tocilizumab, in order to assist physicians in the management of patients with inflammatory joint disease. METHODS 1. selection by a committee of rheumatology experts of the main topics of interest for which fact sheets were desirable; 2. identification and review of publications relevant to each topic; 3.(More)
Biotherapies have revolutionized the treatment of RA. However, much work is needed to understand all the mechanisms of these biotherapies, and alternatives are needed to circumvent adverse effects and the high cost of these long-lasting treatments. In this article we outline some of the approaches we have used to target monocytes/macrophages as major(More)
OBJECTIVE Rheumatoid arthritis is associated with increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. We performed a systematic review of the literature and a meta-analysis to look for differences in the prevalence of traditional cardiovascular risk factor between RA patients and controls. METHODS Medline database was searched to identify studies evaluating(More)
OBJECTIVES To elaborate a how-to-use abatacept material intended to help physicians in the management of patients with inflammatory diseases treated with this drug in routine practice. METHODS 1) Selection of the relevant domains by a rheumatologists' panel; 2) Search for published evidence in each domain; 3) Elaboration of the clinical tool guide with a(More)
OBJECTIVE The gene encoding tumor necrosis factor receptor type II (TNFRII) is a strong candidate in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). An association between a single-nucleotide polymorphism (196M/R) in exon 6 of the TNFRII gene and familial RA was recently reported. The present study was undertaken to test the hypothesis that there is an(More)
OBJECTIVE Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is characterized by chronic synovitis leading to permanent damage of the joints. Collagenase-1 (MMP-1) is a matrix metalloproteinase involved in articular cartilage degradation. We investigated the association between a biallelic polymorphism in the MMP-1 gene promoter and the susceptibility to, and severity of, RA. We(More)