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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)
OBJECTIVE Obesity and overweight are increasing conditions. Adipose tissue with proinflammatory properties could be involved in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) activity and radiographic progression. This study aims to investigate the influence of overweight and obesity on RA activity and severity. METHODS We conducted a systematic review and metaanalysis to(More)
BACKGROUND Cardiovascular mortality is increased in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). RA is associated with an increased left ventricular mass index (LVMI), a strong marker of cardiovascular mortality, and vessel abnormalities. Experimental studies have suggested that tumour necrosis factor α (TNFα) may induce LV hypertrophy. OBJECTIVE To study the(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are at increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Lipid changes related to inflammation have been described in RA. Tumour necrosis factor α (TNFα) inhibitor (TNFi) treatment is effective in controlling inflammation and decreasing the number of cardiovascular events. OBJECTIVE To assess the change in lipid(More)
OBJECTIVE For patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), recommendations are inconclusive about whether tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α)-blocker therapy should be evaluated at 3 or 6 months. Biomarkers are needed to predict at 3 months which patients would benefit from further treatment because of nonoptimal response. Our objective was to investigate whether(More)
Many therapies are now available for patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who have an inadequate response to methotrexate including tumor necrosis factor inhibitors, abatacept, tocilizumab, and rituximab. Clinical response to drugs varies widely between individuals. A part of this variability is due to the characteristics of the patient such as age,(More)
Mortality in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is doubled when compared to the general population. This excess in mortality can be explained in half of cases by cardiovascular (CV) events. The risk of myocardial infarction is increased by about 60% in RA. Mortality secondary to cerebrovascular stroke is increased by 50% even if the incidence of stroke is not(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the association between several candidate single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and responsiveness to rituximab in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS Sixty-three RA patients were included. Nine genes (13 SNPs) were subsequently analyzed, including those coding for cytokines involved in synovitis (IL10, LTA, TGFβ1,(More)
OBJECTIVES We aimed to assess the effect of tocilizumab (TCZ), an IL-6 receptor inhibitor, on B, T, NK and NKT cells in patients with RA and to study the cell type predictors of remission. We also compared NK cells in patients with RA and in controls. METHODS RA patients included in the study met the 2010 ACR/European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR)(More)
Overweight and obesity are increasing worldwide and now reach about one-third of the world's population. Obesity also involves patients with inflammatory arthritis. Knowing the impact of obesity on rheumatic diseases (rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic arthritis) is thus an important issue. This article first reviews the(More)