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OBJECTIVES To investigate the relation between anatomic changes of the synovium, the bone, the bone marrow and the cartilage to biochemical properties of the cartilage in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS 33 patients with RA received 3-T MRI scans of the metacarpophalangeal joints. Two independent methods, (A) the delayed gadolinium(More)
This article reports the most recent work of the Outcome Measures in Rheumatology (OMERACT) Ultrasound Task Force, and highlights the future research priorities discussed at the OMERACT 10 meeting. Results of the following studies were presented: (1) intra- and interobserver reliability of ultrasound detecting and scoring synovitis in different joints of(More)
OBJECTIVE To test whether bony lesions appearing on ultrasound (US) imaging are cortical breaks detectable by micro-computed tomography (micro-CT). METHODS Twenty-six subjects (14 with rheumatoid arthritis, 6 with psoriatic arthritis, and 6 healthy controls) were assessed for bone erosions at the radial, palmar, and dorsal regions of the second(More)
OBJECTIVE To test whether brain activity predicts the response to tumor necrosis factor inhibitors (TNFi) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Since clinical and laboratory parameters have proven unsuccessful in predicting response, we followed a radically different concept, hypothesizing that response to TNFi depends on central nervous system(More)
OBJECTIVES To investigate whether bone erosions in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) show evidence of repair. METHODS 127 erosions were identified in metacarpophalangeal joints 2-4 of the right hands of 30 RA patients treated with tumour necrosis factor inhibitors (TNFi) and 21 sex, age and disease activity-matched patients treated with(More)
OBJECTIVE To prospectively analyse the risk for disease relapses in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in sustained remission, either continuing, tapering or stopping disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) in a prospective randomised controlled trial. METHODS Reduction of Therapy in patients with Rheumatoid arthritis in Ongoing remission is a(More)
Musculoskeletal ultrasound (US) now thrives as an established imaging modality for the investigation and management of chronic inflammatory arthritis. We summarize here results of the Outcome Measures in Rheumatology (OMERACT) US working group (WG) projects of the last 2 years. These results were reported at the OMERACT 12 meeting at the plenary session and(More)
OBJECTIVE To summarize the work performed by the Outcome Measures in Rheumatology (OMERACT) Ultrasound (US) Task Force on the validity of different US measures in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) presented during the OMERACT 11 Workshop. METHODS The Task Force is an international group aiming to iteratively improve the(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the possibility of drug-free remission in patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA) in continuous remission. METHODS Prospective observational study in disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD)-treated PsA patients in continuous disease remission (no musculoskeletal symptoms, no or minimal skin/nail disease) for at least 6(More)