Individuals with a leg that is at least 2-cm shorter than the contralateral leg are highly likely to have or develop hip osteoarthritis (OA), with the risk being greater in the shorter limb, a study has found.
Systemic sclerosis (SSc) may occur along with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), and patients with SSc-SLE are younger at diagnosis, more often have pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) and less frequently have cutaneous manifestations of SSc, a recent study has found.
The risk of sexual dysfunction (SD) is significantly increased in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to a recent study, suggesting that both patients and clinicians must be aware of the potential role of RA in the development of SD.
Rheumatoid arthritis remission may be sustained following abatacept tapering, particularly in patients with shorter disease duration and long sustained remission, according to a study. Furthermore, ultrasound is a useful tool to identify disease activity flare.
Treatment with tumour necrosis factor inhibitor (TNFi) does not carry a heightened risk of cancer recurrence in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and a history of cancer, as shown in a recent study.
Diastolic dysfunction commonly occurs in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc), and its presence is linked to high mortality, according to a recent study. Additionally, diastolic dysfunction is a better predictor of death as compared to pulmonary hypertension (PH).
A recent study has demonstrated the robust reproducibility for the 6-minute walk distance (6MWD) and established the utility of the 6-minute walk test (6MWT) in examining the overall prognosis of patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc).
Biologics therapy can be successfully tapered in most rheumatoid arthritis patients who have achieved sustained remission, especially in subgroups of male patients, those with exposure to a maximum of one previous biological disease-modifying antirheumatic drug, and those with low baseline inflammation or damage score, according to 2-year data from a recent study.
The types of bariatric surgery differentially affect the risk of developing acute pancreatitis postoperatively, such that the risk is greater in patients who undergo vertical sleeve gastrectomy vs Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, according to a study. Risk factors include younger age and presence of gallstones.
Smoking appears to increase the risk of abdominal aortic aneurysm, particularly among current smokers, reports a recent meta-analysis. The risk appears to taper with a lower number of cigarette sticks smoked per day.