Best Practice & Research Clinical Rheumatology
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At the end of 2013, 35 million people worldwide were infected with HIV. The prognosis of HIV has been transformed by combination antiretroviral therapy (cART). Providing compliance is good, the use of cART has normalised the life expectancy of HIV-infected people leading to a growing p...
Infections with several types of viral and bacterial pathogens are able to cause arthritic disease. Arthropod vectors such as ticks and mosquitoes transmit a number of these arthritis-causing pathogens, and as these vectors increase their global distribution, so too do the diseases the...
Humans and microbes have developed a symbiotic relationship over time, and alterations in this symbiotic relationship have been linked to several immune mediated diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease, type 1 diabetes and spondyloarthropathies. Improvements in sequencing technolog...
Widespread use of immunosuppressive drugs, both conventional disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (cDMARDs) and biologic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (bDMARDs), in autoimmune rheumatic diseases (ARDs) has been found to be associated with the reactivation of underlying latent ...
Septic arthritis has long been considered an orthopedic emergency. Historically, Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Staphylococcus aureus have been the most common causes of septic arthritis worldwide but in the modern era of biological therapy and extensive use of prosthetic joint replacements...
There are currently 10 licensed biologic therapies for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis in 2014. In this article, we review the risk of serious infection (SI) for biologic therapies. This risk has been closely studied over the last 15 years within randomised controlled trials, lon...
Vasculitis due to infection may occur as a consequence of the inflammation of vessel walls due to direct or contiguous infection, type II or immune complex-mediated reaction, cell-mediated hypersensitivity, or inflammation due to immune dysregulation triggered by bacterial toxin and/or...