International publications of interest from India (September–October 2006)

International publications of interest from India (September–October 2006)

Indian Journal of Rheumatology 2006 December Volume 1, Number 3; p. 132 PG Forum International publications of interest from India (September–Octobe...

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Indian Journal of Rheumatology 2006 December Volume 1, Number 3; p. 132

PG Forum

International publications of interest from India (September–October 2006) V Arya

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Chandrashekara S, Syed M, Swapna R. Is three selected parameters adequate to monitor rheumatoid arthritis? Clin Rheumatol. 2006 Oct 7 [Epub ahead of print] This study assessed the discriminating ability of each of the five core set criteria in assessing improvement in rheumatoid arthritis. Pain scale, ESR, HAQ score, patient improvement scale, and tender score were found to have decreasing value of importance. Chandran V, Upadhyaya SK, Haroon N, Aggarwal A, Misra R. Lack of clinical association with antibodies to ribosomal p proteins in Indian patients with systemic lupus erythematosus. J Rheumatol. 2006; 33: 1987–9. The authors evaluated the prevalence and clinical association of the antiribosomal antibodies in a cohort of India patients with SLE. The prevalence of IgG anti-P antibodies was found to be similar to that reported in Caucasian patients. No association with specific organ involvement or age at onset could be demonstrated.

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Biswal S, Medhi B, Pandhi P. Longterm efficacy of topical nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs in knee osteoarthritis: metaanalysis of randomized placebo controlled clinical trials. J Rheumatol. 2006 ;33:1841–4. This metaanalysis pooled the results of RCTs which evaluated the longterm efficacy of topical therapies for pain control in primary knee osteoarthritis (OA). The pooled effect of topical NSAID measured at 4 weeks or beyond was found to be superior to placebo/ vehicle in pain relief Dhir V, Arya V, Grover R, Aneja R, Kumar A. Clinical images: Hidden in the heart. Arthritis Rheum. 2006; 54:3059. The authors report an unusual site, on chest radiography, for a pulmonary cavity in Wegener’s granulomatosus—the retrocardiac area. Khanna D, Shrivastava A. An unusual presentation of polyarticular tophaceous gout. Rheumatology (Oxford). 2006; 45:1095. This report describes a patient with polyarticular gout who developed tophi in the form of superficial bullae.

Senior Research Associate, Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology Service, Department of Medicine, AIIMS, New Delhi, India. Correspondence: Dr. V Arya, email: [email protected]