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Support for PET imaging in early giant cell arteritis diagnosis

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Imaging with a combined positron emission tomography and computed tomography scanner shows good accuracy for diagnosing giant cell arteritis versus the gold-standard temporal artery biopsy.

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Ultrasound shows potential for early diagnosis of large vessel giant cell arteritis


Vascular ultrasound could be a contender as a first-line imaging test for diagnosing large vessel giant cell arteritis, suggests research.

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Rheumatic immune-related adverse events from cancer immunotherapy

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In this review, mechanisms of action of checkpoint inhibitors and how they might cause rheumatic immune-related adverse events are described [read more].
Calabrese LH, Calabrese C, Cappelli LC. Nat Rev Rheumatol 2018. doi: 10.1038/s41584-018-0074-9

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B cell therapy in ANCA-associated vasculitis: Current and emerging treatment options

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In this review, the theoretical background for use of dual B cell-targeted immunotherapy in anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody-associated vasculitis is presented and discussed [read more].
McClure M et al. Nat Rev Rheumatol 2018. doi: 10.1038/s41584-018-0065-x

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Unusual case of chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis

Whole-body CT (pelvis region) showing destruction and sclerosis of the left hip bones

The authors present a rare case of sporadic chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis in which the patient eventually developed cytoplasmic anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies-associated renal vasculitis and hyperparathyroidism [read more].
Snipaitiene A et al. Pediatr Rheumatol 2018; 16: 49. doi: 10.1186/s12969-018-0267-4

Journal articles and book chapters

14-12-2018 | Pediatric | Article

Off-label use of tocilizumab to treat non-juvenile idiopathic arthritis in pediatric rheumatic patients: a literature review

Jung JY et al. Pediatr Rheumatol 2018; 16: 79. doi: 10.1186/s12969-018-0296-z

20-11-2018 | Polymyalgia rheumatica | Article

Comorbidities in polymyalgia rheumatica: A systematic review

Partington R et al. Arthritis Res Ther 2018; 20: 258. doi: 10.1186/s13075-018-1757-y

01-10-2018 | Kawasaki disease | Article

Association of initially normal coronary arteries with normal findings on follow-up echocardiography in patients with Kawasaki disease

de Ferranti SD et al. JAMA Pediatr 2018: e183310. doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2018.3310

27-09-2018 | Giant cell arteritis | Article

Full blood count as an ancillary test to support the diagnosis of giant cell arteritis

Oh LJ et al. Intern Med J 2018; 48: 408–413. doi: 10.1111/imj.13713


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