Category Archives: The Rheuma Muse

The 9 Muses are daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, Greek goddesses personifying the inspiration for the sciences and the arts.
My highly opinionated news-blog draws inspiration from both the science and the art of Rheumatology.

AS: Window of Opportunity

The window of opportunity: a relevant concept for axial spondyloarthritis The window of opportunity is a concept critical to rheumatoid arthritis treatment. Early treatment… Radiographic progression in axial spondyloarthritis moves slowly in first 5 years The net percentage of patients who progressed was 5%, calculated as those who went from… Early ankylosing spondylitis…
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AS Treatment Guidelines

2016 update of the ASAS-EULAR management recommendations for axial… To update and integrate the recommendations for ankylosing spondylitis and the recommendations for the use of tumour necrosis factor inhibitors (TNFi) in axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA) into one set applicable to the full spectrum of patients with axSpA. Following the latest version of the European…
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AS: Detecting Disease Activity

Plasma, urine and ligament tissue metabolite profiling reveals potential biomarkers of ankylosing spondylitis using NMR-based metabolic profiles Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is an autoimmune rheumatic disease mostly affecting the axial skeleton. Currently, anti-tumour necrosis factor α (anti-TNF-α) represents an effective treatment for AS that may delay the progression of the disease ... Inconsistent ESR &…
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AS: Missed/Mis-Diagnosis

Radiographic Evaluation of Sacroiliac Joints in Axial Spondyloarthritis — Still Worth Performing? Radiographic evaluation of sacroiliac (SI) joints… The yield of a positive MRI of the spine as imaging criterion in the ASAS classification criteria for axial spondyloarthritis: results from the SPACE and DESIR cohorts Objectives To assess the prevalence of spinal inflammation on…
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