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Clinical Rheumatology

About: Clinical Rheumatology is an academic journal. The journal publishes majorly in the area(s): Rheumatoid arthritis & Rheumatology. It has an ISSN identifier of 0770-3198. Over the lifetime, 8425 publication(s) have been published receiving 148982 citation(s). more


Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.1007/S10067-007-0623-0
Abstract: The rheumatologic community is in a leading position for the development of International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) Core Sets and the research into the validity and application of the ICF We can be proud of this achievement, but not all of us are aware of this new development What is the ICF? Rheumatologic conditions have major impact on patients Apart from symptoms such as pain, stiffness, and fatigue, patients are limited in activities and restricted in participation in society [2] When unable to continue paid work, for example, there are important consequences for the patients, their families, but also for society A major goal of the management of rheumatic diseases is to maintain or restore functioning This contributes to the well-being of the patients, their families, and other caregivers It is clear that maintaining function requires more than control of disease activity By using the ICF, which was developed by the World Health Organization (WHO), we can obtain information on all three areas that are important for global functioning: body functions and structures, activities (actions by an individual), and participation (involvement in life situations) [3] The ICF is one of the three reference classification systems that were proposed and developed by the WHO and belong to the Family of International Classifications The main aim of the classification systems is to improve integration of health information The International Classification of Diagnosis (ICD) is well known and widely applied [4] The ICF was developed from the older International Classification of Impairments, Disabilities, and Handicaps (ICIDH) and accepted in 2001 [3] It is increasingly recognized as an important classification in clinical medicine, outcome research, and healthcare organization The International Classification of Health Interventions (ICHI) is proposed as the newest member of the family, and its development has just started [1] The WHO aims to implement effectively the ICF worldwide and formulated strategic directions in which the three following are the most relevant: (1) The ICF has to become the framework to classify function, (2) easy-to-use ICF linked instruments should be developed to assess functional outcome as well as effectiveness of interventions, and (3) the level and quality of implementation of the ICF should be improved to increase quality and comparability Clin Rheumatol (2007) 26:1803–1808 DOI 101007/s10067-007-0623-0 more

1,528 Citations

Journal ArticleDOI: 10.1007/S10067-006-0240-3
Peter Brooks1Institutions (1)
Abstract: Musculoskeletal diseases are one of the major causes of disability around the world and have been a significant reason for the development of the Bone and Joint Decade. Rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and back pain are important causes of disability-adjusted-life years in both the developed and developing world. COPCORD studies in over 17 countries around the world have identified back and knee pain as common in the community and are likely to increase with the ageing population. Musculoskeletal conditions are an enormous cost to the community in economic terms, and these figures emphasise how governments need to invest in the future and look at ways of reducing the burden of musculoskeletal diseases by encouraging exercise and obesity prevention campaigns. more

Topics: Population (51%), Global health (50%), Knee pain (50%)

505 Citations

Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.1007/S10067-006-0433-9
Mira Meeus1, Jo Nijs1Institutions (1)
Abstract: In addition to the debilitating fatigue, the majority of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) experience chronic widespread pain. These pain complaints show the greatest overlap between CFS and fibromyalgia (FM). Although the literature provides evidence for central sensitization as cause for the musculoskeletal pain in FM, in CFS this evidence is currently lacking, despite the observed similarities in both diseases. The knowledge concerning the physiological mechanism of central sensitization, the pathophysiology and the pain processing in FM, and the knowledge on the pathophysiology of CFS lead to the hypothesis that central sensitization is also responsible for the sustaining pain complaints in CFS. This hypothesis is based on the hyperalgesia and allodynia reported in CFS, on the elevated concentrations of nitric oxide presented in the blood of CFS patients, on the typical personality styles seen in CFS and on the brain abnormalities shown on brain images. To examine the present hypothesis more research is required. Further investigations could use similar protocols to those already used in studies on pain in FM like, for example, studies on temporal summation, spatial summation, the role of psychosocial aspects in chronic pain, etc. more

Topics: Chronic pain (62%), Chronic fatigue syndrome (57%), Fibromyalgia (56%) more

426 Citations

Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.1007/S10067-020-05190-5
Mehmet Soy1, Gökhan Keser2, Pamir Atagündüz3, Fehmi Tabak4  +2 moreInstitutions (4)
Abstract: COVID-19 infection has a heterogenous disease course; it may be asymptomatic or causes only mild symptoms in the majority of the cases, while immunologic complications such as macrophage activation syndrome also known as secondary hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, resulting in cytokine storm syndrome and acute respiratory distress syndrome, may also occur in some patients. According to current literature, impairment of SARS-CoV-2 clearance due to genetic and viral features, lower levels of interferons, increased neutrophil extracellular traps, and increased pyroptosis and probable other unknown mechanisms create a background for severe disease course complicated by macrophage activation syndrome and cytokine storm. Various genetic mutations may also constitute a risk factor for severe disease course and occurrence of cytokine storm in COVID-19. Once, immunologic complications like cytokine storm occur, anti-viral treatment alone is not enough and should be combined with appropriate anti-inflammatory treatment. Anti-rheumatic drugs, which are tried for managing immunologic complications of COVID-19 infection, will also be discussed including chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine, JAK inhibitors, IL-6 inhibitors, IL-1 inhibitors, anti-TNF-α agents, corticosteroids, intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG), and colchicine. Early recognition and appropriate treatment of immunologic complications will decrease the morbidity and mortality in COVID-19 infection, which requires the collaboration of infectious disease, lung, and intensive care unit specialists with other experts such as immunologists, rheumatologists, and hematologists. more

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Journal ArticleDOI: 10.1007/S10067-006-0230-5
Abstract: Kikuchi-Fujimoto Disease (KFD) was first described in Japan in 1972. The disease frequently mimics tuberculous lymphadenitis, malign lymphoma, and many other benign and malignant conditions. To our knowledge, there is no previous study comparing the clinical and laboratory characteristics of patients from different geographical parts of the world. We searched literature records beginning from 1991 and analyzed epidemiological, clinical, and laboratory data of 244 patients (including cases diagnosed in our institution) reported in 181 publications. Of the 244 cases, 33% were male and 77% were female. Mean age was 25 (1-64) and 70% was younger than 30. Most of the cases were reported from Taiwan (36%), USA (6.6%), and Spain (6.3%). Fever (35%), fatigue (7%) and joint pain (7%) were the most frequent symptoms, while lymphadenomegaly (100%), erythematous rashes (10%), arthritis (5%), hepatosplenomegaly (3%), leucopenia (43%), high erythrocyte sedimentation rate (40%), and anemia (23%) being the most common findings. KFD was associated with SLE (32 cases), non-infectious inflammatory diseases (24 cases), and viral infections (17 cases). SLE was more frequent in cases from Asia than Europe (28 and 9%, respectively). The disease was self-limiting in 156 (64%) and corticosteroid treatment was necessary in 16 (16%) of the cases. The mortality rate was 2.1%. Early diagnosis is crucial as the clinical and laboratory presentation generally imitates situations needing lengthy and costly diagnostic and therapeutic interventions. Additionally, association with SLE needs further investigation. more

Topics: Kikuchi disease (51%)

283 Citations

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Francesco Caso

24 papers, 737 citations

Mauro Galeazzi

22 papers, 751 citations

Najia Hajjaj-Hassouni

21 papers, 400 citations

Florenzo Iannone

19 papers, 527 citations

Luisa Costa

19 papers, 603 citations

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