Suzanne C. Li

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OBJECTIVE Epidemiological associations suggest vitamin D may play a role in inflammation and atherosclerosis. Using frozen serum and data from the Atherosclerosis Prevention in Pediatric Lupus Erythematosus (APPLE) trial, we assessed associations between 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] and measures of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) disease activity and(More)
BACKGROUND Our earlier work in the ultrasonograpy of localized scleroderma (LS) suggests that altered levels of echogenicity and vascularity can be associated with disease activity. Utrasound is clinically benign and readily available, but can be limited by operator dependence. We present our efforts to standardize image acquisition and interpretation of(More)
Purpose Localized scleroderma (LS) is a chronic inflammatory and fibrosing skin disease, more common in children. We present baseline data on the juvenile LS (jLS) cohort from the CARRAnet observational registry of pediatric rheumatologic disorders. Methods We performed a cross-sectional baseline analysis of registry data for jLS. Results Data were(More)
BACKGROUND Intra-articular corticosteroid injections (IACI) are routinely used by pediatric rheumatologists in the treatment of chronic arthritis. Frequently, topical anesthetics are used to control procedural pain, but their relative efficacy has not been reported. In this study, we evaluated the level of pain associated with different anesthetic methods,(More)
Purpose Intra-articular corticosteroid injection (IACI) with triamcinolone hexacetonide (TH) is a mainstay of therapy for patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). Our aim was to determine factors that affected the durability of response to IACI with TH in patients with JIA. Methods A retrospective chart review was conducted of all JIA patients who(More)
Purpose Although ultrasound shows great potential for aiding assessment of LS disease activity, its use has been limited because both image acquisition and interpretation are operator dependent. To facilitate evaluating and to standardize interpretation of jLS ultrasound scans, we generated a scoring measure for evaluating echogenicity and vascularity(More)
Purpose LS can cause significant morbidity in the growing child, including joint contractures and facial and extremity hemiatrophy. Optimal therapy is not known, and few randomized clinical trials have been carried out. A prior survey of Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA) members identified metho-trexate (MTX) and corticosteroids(More)
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