Wednesday, 14 Nov 2018


ACR 2018 Podcast - Day 1A

Check out the first part of our Day 1 Podcast from ACR 2018 - LISTEN HERE

Several Studies Addressed Treatment of Axial Spondylitis

Monday afternoon's session on the treatment of Axial Spondyloarthritis presented us with a great selection of studies addressing important issues in modern treatment paradigm of AxSpA. Clinical and functional improvement with IL17 inhibitors in TNF naïve patients, incidence of IBD with IL17i, TNFi retention over time were amongst topics discussed.

TRIPLE Trial Results

Pegloticase has become an excellent option for management of patients with chronic refractory gout, although treatment may be limited by the development of anti-drug antibodies that lead to loss of serum urate (sUA) lowering effect.

Emerging Trends in the Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis

While I’m only 7 years into a (hopefully) long career in the field of rheumatology, the pace at which we are seeing advances in new medications and earlier detection of rheumatoid arthritis requires you to continually refresh your approach to the disease. 
We still haven’t displaced methotrexate and other conventional DMARDs, followed by TNF inhibitors for initial disease management.

Factors That Contribute to Uveitis in SpA

We know that uveitis is an extra-articular manifestation of SpA but what remains unclear is if there are any factors that may play a role in the development of uveitis. One group sought to understand these issues.

ACR 2018 - Day 1 Report

RheumNow is in Chicago covering the ACR annual meeting. Here are the highlights from Sunday (day one). Be sure to check our complete coverage, including articles, video reports and tweets, at

Gout and the Social Determinants of Health

During a fascinating gout session on October 21, Hyon Choi presented an important paper (abstract 874) which used data from the Health Professionals Follow-up Study to try to understand the rapid increase in the incidence of gout in recent decades.

Because It's Rare Doesn’t Mean It Doesn’t Exist: A Tribute to Relapsing Polychondritis

During medical training, we were taught about rare diseases that are unlikely to be encountered, but there is a reason why our professors even mention these diseases. It is not just for our board exams; the lectures are for us to recognize the features of the disease when the rare patient comes across our exam table.

High Dose Flu Vaccine for Patients Younger Than 65?

We are diving head first into flu season and we need to prepare ourselves. Last year we now know that 80,000 Americans died from influenza. I was happy to see the abstract presented in today’s plenary session by Colmegna et al about efficacy of high dose influenza vaccine in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (#837). This study was a randomized, modified double-blind, active-controlled trial carried out in adults with RA.

The Great Debate: Plaquenil - Choosing Safety over Efficacy?

I am usually thrilled to offer Plaquenil as one of the safer  therapy options to my patients with lupus and other autoimmune conditions. Unfortunately, on many occasions, once we go into detailed discussion of the potential side effects with the patient,  the issue of hydroxychloroquine eye toxicity casts a cloud over  overall optimistic view of Plaquenil.

ICI-Induced Inflammatory Arthritis and Shared Epitope Alleles

Immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICI) have changed the hematology/oncology world. However, their AEs from a rheumatologic standpoint are still being evaluated and at this time, genetic risk factors for inflammatory arthritis due to ICI are not well understood. Dr. Cappelli et al evaluated a possible connection with HLA typing at their institution.

Walking the Tightrope of Treat to Target in Psoriatic Arthritis

In the last few years, new studies have been published examining if early intervention and tight control (TC) of psoriatic arthritis (PsA) disease activity will have the same beneficial outcomes as it does for rheumatoid arthritis (RA).