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"Anterior uveitis is often a symptom and not just a diagnosis." Dr. J Kolfenbach reminds us to remember to look deeper for underlying causes during his #ACR22 Secrets and Pearls lecture. @RheumNow
Tofa 5 mg BID successful in treating refractory uveitis in reducing inflammation and reducing steroid dosage. Abs 1041 #ACR22 @RheumNow https://t.co/dtAEhW7dEG https://t.co/Xbw2iEsYHh
Differences between #uveitis pattern in AS vs. PsA and IBD 👇 This is always asked to our rheum fellows during Kelley's hour 🤓 #ACR22 @RheumNow @rheumarhyme @trishiemd @RheumaRamblings @RheumaRambolMD https://t.co/gWxQ9xdb06
GPA pts can have dacryoadenitis (ddx 👇) where pt's lateral eye/s can be curved due to swelling. How to examine? Use thumb to retract eyelid & reveal lacrimal gland underneath, ask pt to look medially #ACR22 @RheumNow @rheumarhyme @doktora_ging @PhRheumaJr #RheumTwitter https://t.co/pJYMffhYWx
👁 What causes worse outcomes in our SpA uveitis pts? 👁 🚬 smoking Hx 🦴 ax + peripheral disease ✏️ BASDAI >4 👩‍🔬 HLA B27 +ve 🙋‍♀️ females 🧪CRP ⬆️ 👁 bilat eye involvement Abst#0373 #ACR22 @RheumNow
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2022 ASAS-EULAR Guidelines for Axial Spondyloarthritis

Oct 24, 2022

Assessment of SpondyloArthritis international Society (ASAS) and EULAR have published their 2022 update and recommendations for the management of axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA).

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Heavy Metal Rheumatology (9.23.2022)

Sep 23, 2022

Below are this week’s highlights from RheumNow, as discussed by Dr. Jack Cush. Thanks to all of you for your kind comments and great reviews of our weekly podcast. Please let us know how we can improve by emailing me or recording your suggestion using the "Ask Cush Anything" link on our website

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Hydroxychloroquine Dosing and SLE Flares

Sep 19, 2022

A cohort study examining hydroxychloroquine dosing in patients with SLE suggests that HCQ doses of 5 mg/kg per day or less, in accordance with current ophthalmology and rheumatology guidelines, was associated with a higher risk of lupus flares, including moderate or severe lupus flares.

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What Worries You, Masters You (7.1.2022)

Jul 01, 2022

Dr. Jack Cush reviews recent news, regulatory and guideline updates from the past week on RheumNow.com.  Studies on methotrexate use, COVID vaccination, Supplements and vitamins, and arthrocentesis despite anticoagulation are discussed.




  1. FDA approved Abbvies risakizumab-rzaa

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Multinational recs. on Rx of JIA assoc. Uveitis: - Topical steroids are 1st line Rx - Systemic Rx if above fails or w/ poor prognosis or persistence - Options MTX, MMF then Humira EOW, then weekly ADA - Consider non-ETN TNFi's, then TCZ, ABA, JAKi or RTX https://t.co/ZfVeWf5sVg https://t.co/yu3to0LdEd
#EULAR2022 ASAS/EULAR AxSpA Recs ⭐️Last: 2016 ▶️All: education, exercise, 🚭 ▶️❌csDMARD for axial disease ▶️TNF/IL17 (or JAK) with high disease: ASDAS>/=2.1 ▶️Monoclonal TNF for uveitis/IBD, high PsO: IL-17 ▶️Sustained remission: tapering of bDMARD "can be considered" @RheumNow https://t.co/3yYU0Vb37r
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Consequences of TNF inhibition (3.18.2022)

Mar 18, 2022

This week we're going to talk about the downside of TNF inhibitors, a few interesting observations in gout, and yes, kids do get COVID. We're also going to preview what's coming in April (hint: it's about PsA). This and more as Dr. Jack Cush reviews the news and journal articles from the past

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2021 approved Efgartigimod (Vyvgart) for myasthenia gravis: (binds neonatal Fc receptor, stops Ig recirculation): pts w/ AChR Abs respond best (68% vs 30%). Common AEs include URI, UTI, HA; other AE: eyelid swelling, rash, and SOB. https://t.co/wQKZuAlXoR
Genes and Obesity Tied to Higher Gout Risk in Women Excess adiposity and genetic predisposition both contributed to risk of gout among U.S. women, with the risks being highest when both factors are present, a large prospective study found.https://t.co/vLR8GJC9qf https://t.co/6Scc5c0dUU
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New Insights into Uveitis in Spondyloarthritis

Dec 01, 2021

Uveitis is the most frequent extra-musculoskeletal manifestation (EAM) in Axial Spondyloarthritis (axSpA). The prevalence of uveitis in axSpA is between 25-30%. Up to 50% of patients with an acute episode of uveitis develop recurrent anterior uveitis or iritis. Being such a prevalent EAM in

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Uveitis and Prevalence of Psoriasis in axSpA: Dr. Robert Chao ( @doctorRBC) discusses the best SpA abstracts he saw at the #ACR21 annual meeting: abstracts #1324 and #1311.https://t.co/6zARkjsoCg
Fr AQUILA study: #Uveitis status in AS or PsA pts given SEC 👁‍🗨3 pts w/o uveitis at BL developed new onset uveitis during study 👁‍🗨Most pts w/uveitis at BL - status remained unchanged or improved 👁‍🗨SEC did not ⬆ risk of uveitis @RheumNow #ACR21 abs1738 https://t.co/IGUpgXBLvt
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New Insights into Uveitis in Spondyloarthritis

Nov 09, 2021

Uveitis is the most frequent extra-musculoskeletal manifestation (EAM) in Axial Spondyloarthritis (axSpA). The prevalence of uveitis in axSpA is between 25-30%. Up to 50% of patients with an acute episode of uveitis develop recurrent anterior uveitis or iritis. Being such a prevalent EAM in

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Adults with #JIA #uveitis are still affected into adulthood. @Mara_Becker discusses visual outcomes #ACR21 https://t.co/ZBjw1CfSmv
#Uveitis is the most ⬆ freq xtra-articular manifestation in axSpA. What factors are assoc'd w/AAU attacks? 👁‍🗨Active disease 👁‍🗨History of AAU Bottomline: Treat axSpA, treat uveitis = better outcomes. @RheumNow #ACR21 abs1314 https://t.co/O0kHulwJoP
axSpA and Uveitis Uveitis 🔼 in HLA-B27; Disease duration; Latin American pts 🔽 in Psoriasis ⭐️Uveitis was not significantly different in axSpA vs pSpA Recurrent Uveitis 🔼disease duration and body mass index (BMI) Abst #1307 #ACR21 @Rheumnow https://t.co/QDg8tOPgir
Knowledge Bowl at #ACR21 ⭐️Which HLA allele confers an increased risk for anterior uveitis and inflammatory sacroillitis? ➡️HLA-B27 @RheumNow
Low incidence of GI-related serious AE in pooled 1 year data from VOY1&2 and DISC1&2 trials of Guselkumab for PsA/PsO treatment ⭐️no new onset IBD or exacerbation of IBD ⭐️no uveitis, infections, TB Abs#1342 #ACR21 @RheumNow https://t.co/x3OmLgInV0
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ACR21 Best Abstracts - Day 2

Nov 07, 2021

The RheumNow faculty reporters have been scouring and reporting on the best abstracts from the ACR. Here is a sampling of their choice abstract presentations reported during ACR 2020 Day 2 (#ACRbest).

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Image of Takayasu's retinopathy (compared to normal) presented by John Stone #ACR21 . I'm no eye doctor, but this cannot be good. @RheumNow https://t.co/rjoQZ8TGDz
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