The Annals of Internal Medicine reports that biannual rituximab infusions over 18 months was effective at maintaining remission in patients with antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody–associated vasculitis (AAV).Read Article
JAMA Internal Medicine has posted an Editor's note on the use of hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19; noting the sequence of dysfunction since the president promoted its use on March 21, 2020, when he said “What do you have to lose? I’ll say it again: What do you have to lose? Take itRead Article
In an Annals of Rheumatic Disease report, Italian investigators performed consecutive testing for SARS-CoV-2 (IgM and IgG) between 25 March to 25 May 2020 and compared test results between rheumatic disease (RMD) patients and the general population.
Their study included 295Read Article
Dr. Jack Cush reviews the news, tweets and journal articles from the past week on RheumNow. Let's dig into this week's 14 highlights.
Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) helped reduce recurrent maternal autoantibody-mediated congenital heart block (CHB) in fetuses, an open-label study suggested.
Anti-SSA/Ro-positive mothers who had had a previous pregnancy complicated by CHB who took HCQ 400 mg daily, starting beforeRead Article
A new article in Nature Medicine delineates how our understanding of COVID-19 infection has evolved over time, such that the infection outomes may be worsened by extrapulmonary manifestations; notably thrombotic, cardiac, renal, gastrointestinal hepatic, neurologic, and other complications.Read Article
Severe and fatal outcomes with coronavirus infection are often the result of the downstream damage that follows the viral infection. Rising high on the list of complications are the hematologic and vascular complications seen in severely affected patients, so much so that many centers areRead Article
Hydroxychloroquine is one of many medications frequently used in rheumatology practice. Its remarkable versatility is attested by its routine use in lupus, in patients with an autoimmune coagulopathy, in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, as well as in those with a low-level inflammatoryRead Article
While it is often said there is a negative association between gout and rheumatoid arthritis (RA), cases of coexistent disorders are uncommonly seen. A recent VA study describes 121 patients whith both RA and gout.Read Article
Patients with the idiopathic inflammatory myopathies (IIMs) dermatomyositis and polymyositis are at increased risk for cardiovascular events, with risks similar to what has been documented for rheumatoid arthritis (RA), during the first 5 years after diagnosis, U.K. researchers reported.Read Article
The VITAL study is a VA registry that has shown that both systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients carry higher odds of both premature and extremely premature atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease and its consequences.Read Article