Internists gain some guidance on identifying systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and why they should work with rheumatologists. Meanwhile, two UK studies outline paths to successful gout treatment and lower mortality rates after hip replacement surgery. Finally, the use of imaging, including ultrasound, are refined for diagnosing sarcoidosis.
A study of Caucasians and Polynesians in both the US and New Zealand explains why sugary drinks worsen gout.
Researchers have nailed the reason why several herbal nostrums for arthritis and gout cause malignancy, including hepatocellular cancer previously attributed to hepatitis C. Also in the non-rheumatology journals this week: News about comorbidities of psoriasis and antibody profiles for morphea.
The elderly man with hypertension and polyarticular tophaceous gout experiences intermittent dizziness, neck pain, and arm weakness. Which condition is responsible?
An 82-year-old man with hypertension and gout developed periods of dizziness, neck pain, and arm weakness. Could the gout be responsible?
An international panel of rheumatologists issues new recommendations for the diagnosis and management of gout -- hoping to improve often uneven and suboptimal patient care that exists despite numerous care guidelines and new therapies.
A small exploratory study suggests that intensively lowering urate levels in tophaceous gout improves structural damage seen on radiography, particularly bone erosion.
The interleukin-1 inhibitor dampened the bouts of pain by more than 70% for gout patients as they begin urate-lowering treatment in the international PRESURGE-2 trial.
They may be supported by guidelines and commonly used in practice, but joint injections with glucocorticoids for acute gout are not backed by any randomized controlled clinical trials, according to a new Cochrane report. However, the report backs away from saying they should not be used.
The RADAI joint index designed for rheumatoid arthritis patients provides equally powerful information about disease status in osteoarthritis and psoriatic arthritis, according to a new comparative study. As a guide to severity, it is much quicker than waiting for lab results to come in.