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Spinal tuberculosis (TB) accounts for about 2% of all cases of TB. New methods of diagnosis such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or percutaneous needle biopsy have emerged. Two distinct patterns of spinal TB can be identified, the classic form, called spondylodiscitis (SPD) in this article, and an increasingly common atypical form characterized by(More)
OBJECTIVES To agree terminology and to develop recommendations for the diagnosis of calcium pyrophosphate deposition (CPPD). METHODS The European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) CPPD Task Force, comprising 15 experts from 10 countries, agreed the terms and recommendations for diagnosis of CPPD using a Delphi consensus approach. Evidence was(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)
The aim of this review is to summarize recent research relating to the epidemiology of chondrocalcinosis (CC), including prevalence of CC, the association between CC and OA, familial forms of CC and diseases associated with CC. We searched MEDLINE for articles published in English from 1998 to 2008 using MEsH terms covering all aspects of the epidemiology(More)
BACKGROUND New drugs and new evidence concerning the use of established treatments have become available since the publication of the first European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) recommendations for the management of gout, in 2006. This situation has prompted a systematic review and update of the 2006 recommendations. METHODS The EULAR task force(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine the sensitivity and specificity of ultrasonography for gout, and to investigate the relationship with severity of gout. METHODS In this case-control study, we prospectively enrolled 53 patients with crystal-proven gout and 50 controls. Ultrasonography was performed on 10 joints for each patient (metatarsophalangeal [MTP] joints(More)
Gout is a common arthritis caused by deposition of monosodium urate (MSU) crystals within joints secondary to chronic hyperuricemia. Joint damage can occur during evolution of the disease. The identification of MSU crystals in synovial fluid is the gold standard to diagnose gout. However, the diagnosis is sometimes difficult to do, particularly in atypical(More)
INTRODUCTION Muscle magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is an innovative tool for exploring focal neuropathies. However, its usefulness in mild, proximal, or chronic lesions, when electromyography (EMG), the current "gold standard" sensitivity is inadequate, has yet to be studied. METHODS Clinical, MRI, and EMG examinations were performed in 113 muscles of(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the effect of massive weight loss on (1) knee pain and disability, (2) low-grade inflammation and metabolic status and (3) joint biomarkers in obese patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA). METHODS 140 patients involved in a gastric surgery programme were screened for painful knee OA, and 44 were included (age 44 ± 10.3 years, body(More)
OBJECTIVES To develop evidence-based recommendations for management of calcium pyrophosphate deposition (CPPD). METHODS A multidisciplinary guideline development group of 15 experts, representing 10 European countries, generated key propositions for management of CPPD using a Delphi consensus approach. For each recommendation research evidence was(More)