Rheumatology Journal Club

Most months we have a couple residents rotating with us on a Rheumatology elective.  As part of that month, we hold a journal club where each resident and the teaching attending presents an article. Here is what we discussed this month:

Askling et al. Cancer Risk in Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis Treated with Anti-Tumor Necrosis Factor Alpha Therapies. Arthritis and Rheumatism. 2009; 60:11.

  • Chosen by the attending. Supports the observations against increasing cancer risk over time with these medications.

Woodburn et al. A Randomized Controlled Trial of Foot Orthoses in Rheumatoid Arthritis. The Journal of Rheumatology. 2002; 29:7.

  • Chosen by the podiatry resident. Orthotics are very helpful in RA but they need to be worn (pts wore them avg of 6 hours/day) and it is helpful to ensure someone skilled in orthotics and gait is fitting them.

Daimon et al. Nonspecific Interstitial Pneumonia Associated with Collagen Vascular Disease: Analysis of CT Features to Distinguish the Various Types. Internal Medicine. 2009; 48.

  • Chosen by the prelim radiology resident. It’s hard to diagnose Rheumatologic conditions just by a CT scan. Score one for the H&P! However, CT can be an important piece of the equation.

One response to “Rheumatology Journal Club

  1. When I suddenly experienced intense pain and swelling, leading to the discovery that I had developed RA, I felt totally blindsided. I knew nothing about this disease and needed info that I could understand right away.

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