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This case report highlights that psoriatic arthritis is a heterogenous disease affecting multiple disease domains, and effective treatment requires thorough assessment of each of these different domains.
Spinal fractures are often the result of underlying osteoporosis. Radha Chitale spoke with Dr. Hee Hwan Tak, medical director and senior consultant at the Pinnacle Spine & Scoliosis Centre at Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre, about managing osteoporotic spinal fractures in primary care.
Fractures are a common result of trauma. Associated osteoporosis and overuse injuries can also result in fractures. The fracture pattern depends on the magnitude of the force, duration and direction, and the rate at which it acts. A fracture occurs when the stress applied exceeds the plastic strain of the bone and goes beyond its yield point.
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative form of arthritis and is the most common type of arthritis today. It involves all the weight-bearing joints of the body, as well as often-used joints like the hands and the spine. OA of the spine is generally referred to as spondylosis.
In patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who are also positive for anticitrullinated protein antibodies (ACPA), tocilizumab (TCZ) treatment for 2 years increases femoral neck bone mineral density (BMD) and decreases concentrations of bone resorption markers, a recent study has found.
Tocilizumab may improve skin score and forced vital capacity stabilization in patients with systemic sclerosis, while potentially increasing the risk of serious infections, according to the open-label data of the faSScinate* trial.