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Ankylosis spondylitis hallmark?
what does ankylosing mean?
fibrosing of the spine.
enthesopathy is what?
inflammation of the enthesis.
the enthesis is where the tendon inserts on the bone
in AS when are sxs worse?
in the AM
better with exercise
Criteria for AS
dx based on LBP sxs >3 months and :
elevated ESR or CRP
+HLA B-27 (not specific)
-symmetrical sacrolitis
-diminished chest excursion
-limited spinal ROM + schober's test (<5 cm sig)
-extra-articular fx - uveitis,aoritis
RA has to be present how long to be RA?
6 weeks
does having HLA b-27 make the dx for AS?
NO. its not speicifc
what makes it? HISTORY. right age group, sacrolitis, lbp hx
Late changes of AS on the xray will show what classic sign?
AS travels from ____ to ____ over time
SI joint to elevation
AS patients can't do what?
can't touch their toes. loss of flexibility of the spine due to sclerosis. tests with SCHOBER'S test.
It's not the ____ that is involved but the ______ that fuse in AS
It's not the disc space that is involved but the ligaments that fuse in AS
When there is no give to the spine, as in AS, you worry about what with trauma?
Fracture. increased in these patients.
Whats the best tx for AS?
its lipid soluble and fast acting
What does work in AS as well other than indocin?
Remember no drug restores __________
What comes first psoriasis or arthritis ?
psoriasis in 85 perfect of pts
Psoriatic arthritis involves the _________ and has a _______ which helps differentiate it from other arthropathies
spine :) and has a rash.
what is classic of psoriatic arthritis?
oligoarthritis (4 joints or less) and asymmetrical (sausage digits-dactylitis)
Sometimes psoriatic arthritis are like RA but you distinguish how?
skin manifestations and the pattern will show you.
What disease processes worsens PA? Sexually active male with multiple partners with abruput PA and no family history....
HIV. thus we must HIV test patients sexually active with PA.
What nail changes will you see in psoriasis?
onychomycosis and pitting.
What is the classic deformity on the fingers of psoriatic arthropathy?
pencil in cup deformities
due to bone resorption
what drugs do you use for PA?
similar to RA
methotrexate and biologics (TNF inhibitors)
NEVER prescribe what for PA?
oral steroids-- initially does great but as your taper you get erythroderma PA (crisis)
Reiter's syndrome is also known as what?
reactive arthritis
what is reiter's triad?
what is reiter's associated with?
what lesions with you see in reiters?
keratoderma blenorrhagicom (blisters on feet ) and mucus membranes (balanitis)

can also have nail changes, knee efusion, and inflammation of the Achilles tendon
dx is made based on what?
in parvovirus b19 patient comes in had child that was sick how do you diagnose
IgM for B-19 and history
Enteropathic arthritis is what
bowel-related arthritis
enteropathic arthropy patients have some ____ problem that presents first
antibodies attack the joint space and its called what?
molecular mimicry- lost immune protection and initial antigen can't tell difference between the disease and the joint.
what are the drugs for enteropathic?
methotrexate, TNF and steroids. CHECK HIV!
at what level does uric acid precipitate and crystallize?
6.8 or greater.
what drugs block the distal convoluted tubule so they don't allow the elimination of uric acid?
thiazide diuretics
What is a genetic predisposition to gout? what is the enzyme that is lacking?
lesch-nyhan syndrom
what is the classic presentation of Gout?
monoarticulation of the padagra. red and hot. can migrate.
Gold standard for diagnosis gout
must prove the crystal formation, or a tophus contiaining urate crystals.

there has to be have evidence of crystals.
Why can't you use allopurinol or uloric during an acute gout attack?
During an acute attack that is not the time to introduce long term therpy Allopurinol and uloriic which would cause more uric acid out of the tissue and you will worsen their attack
What do you use to treat acute gout attacks?
symptomatic therapy
Chroic gout is treated with?
allopurinol or uloric
What do tophi feel like?
rock hard.
which is more common gout or psuedogout?
what are the key diagnostic characteristics of psuedogout?
What is the classic triad of dissemmnated gonococcal infection?
Dermatitis (sparse necrotic pustules)
Migratory polyarthralgias/polyarthritis
Septic arthritis is usually caused by what?
staph aureus
How do you treat staph aureus caused arthritis?
osteomyelitis if the vertebrae is called what?
pott's disease
If you have a patient with sternoclavicular SI or pubic symphesis osteomylitis what do you ask about?
IV drug use.
On xray what do you suspect to see in osteomyelitis
Periosteal elevation along with bony erosions and destruction of the cortex.
what 3 viruses cause viral arthritis?
Human Parvovirus B-19
Hepatitis B and C
low grade fever with slapped cheeks on a 8 year old boy. What is this caused by? what do you worry about ?
human parvovirus B-19
that the mom will come in with abrupt symmetrical polyarthritis, malaise and flu-like state
what is the hallmark of erythema chronicum migrans?
erythematous wheal with central clearing
patient went camping sometimes between may and august. They come in with slight flu-like symptoms and a big wheal with central clearing. what do you worry about?
lyme disease
How do you diagnose lyme disease?
ELISA and then confirm with western blot test
in stage 1 of lyme disease what do you treat with?
oral antibiotics
what about in stage 2 or 3?
IV antibiotics
Ra involves imflammation of what?
the synovium
its an inflammatory reaction
in RA bone and cartilage are destoryed how?
pannus formation
_________ _________ ________ _________ is a key player in synovial inflammation
tumor necrosis factor alpha
What joints are most commonly affected by RA?
wrist, MCP and PIP
swan neck and boutinerre deformity are seen in which conditions?
Which vertebrae are affected by RA?
C1 and C2
what do you look for in RA patients on cervical xray?
wink sign
Why should you always xray RA patients before surgery?
Anytime you have RA you have to check C1 C2 (flexion and extension views) via x ray due to intubation (hyperextension that compromises the spinal cord)
What manifestations of the knee can be seen in RA?
effusion, baker's cyst, contracture
he lateral side is eating away the knees will knock---RA
the medial side is eating away -bow leg--- OA
what are you looking for on XRAY with the hips?
entire acetabular joint narrowed
Acetabulo protrusion
Are hammar toes seen in RA or OA?
what are rheumatoid nodules from?
from immunoglobulins binding together and your immune system that is tryign to encapsulate this and then walking on it. Its like a pebble in your shoe.
Whats the difference between a rheumatoid nodule and an effusion of the elbow when they both look alike?
effusion is fluid
rheumatoid is rubbery.
A DAS28 score measures what?
disease activity of RA
A score greater than ____ implies active disease. Less than ____ is well controlled and less than _____ is remission
The majority of patients with RA have what kind of course/prognosis?
polycyclic with relapses
How much shorter withe life span of an RA patient?
2 years shorter
MC causes of death: infections and cardiovascular disease
Steinbrocker's RA functional classification would rank a patient who can perform self-care but limited in both vocatoinal and avocational acitivities as what class?
class III
What DMARDS is the first line for RA?
What directions should you give to a patient taking methotrexate?
take on an empty stomach
What is tocilizumad (acemra) directed against?
IL-6 receptors. used to treat moderate to severe RA
JIA is seen in patients of what age
less than 16
what is the criteria for JIA?
less than 16 and exclusion of other causes of childhood arthritis. ANA is positive commonly.
in OA what is being attacked?
What is the "gelling phenomenon" in OA?
Most common phenomenon seems to be difficulty initiating joint movement after inactivity, epitomized by the problem older people with OA have in getting started after sitting down a while.
What are the nodes that are formed in OA and where are they located?
Herbeden's (DIP)
Bouchards (PIP)
OA has what joints involved?
cervical spine, lumbar spine, hips, knees, pip, DIP, big toe
in OA or RA is the elbow involved?
In OA or RA is the hip involved
What will you see on xray with OA?
bony sclerosis
loss of cartilage
DISH has what kind of appearance grossly?
candle wax dripping down the spine
Unline Spinal Stenosis and lumber arthrosis what is preserved in DISH?
intervertebral disk space
For maximal joint relief what two things can be used together?
glucosamine and CSO4
what joint is most responsive to the Glu/CSO4 combination?
knee with moderate to severe OA pain
Calcium is essential for?
Muscle contraction
Nerve function
Blood clotting, and many other functions
T/F Bones have priority over serum calcium levels.
Serum has priority over bone!
bone softening from excessive resorption of Ca+ from extracellular bone matrix
Where is calcium absorbed in the digestive tract?
in duodenum & jejunum (proximal SI)
How is calcium excreted?
75% bowel
25% kidney
How are phosphates excreted?
25% Bowel
75% Kidney

so remember calcium-bowel. phosphate-kidney. don't let her trick you.
PTH causes an upregulation of what type of bone cells?
what controls absorption and deposition of calcium in bone?
vitamin D
when calcium is low what is released?
When PTH is released what response is then given in response to hypocalcemia?
Osteocytes release calcium stored in the lacunar spaces
what is the active form of vitamin D?
1,25(OH)2 Vit D3
What secretes calcitonin?
thyroid gland C-cells
Osteoperosis is common in who?
white or asian smoking women with a fracture history that are <127 pds that are older and really skinny.
Testosterone, estrogen and progesterone are bone_______

thus a lack of any of these can make u more likely for osteoporosis
what is the most serious complication of osteopersosi?
hip fracture
How do we diagnose osteoperosis
The gold standard in detection has been bone mineral density measurement. BMD can detect osteoporosis before a fracture occurs so that treatment to prevent fracture can be initiated. It can also predict future fracture risk and DXA (dual energy x-ray absorptiometry) BMD measurements have the additional advantage of measuring the rate of bone loss. This is helpful when monitoring the effects of therapy.
Patient has a T score of -1.9 how would you classify that?
-1 to -2.5
osteoperosis is for which range for t scores?
-2.5 or lower.
If a patient has a score of -3.0 and a fx what would you classify them as?
severe osteopersosis.
Who gets a BMD scan?
>65 y/o women
>70 y/o men
youngr postmenopause women and men with one or more risk factors
presence of fragility fx
loss of height >1.5 inches
BMD testing shoudl be every 2 years in these patients:
Estrogen deficient women at risk for osteoporosis
Individuals with vertebral abnormalities
Individuals receiving, or planning to receive, long-term glucocorticoid (steroid) therapy
Individuals with primary hyperparathyroidism
Individuals being monitored to assess the response or efficacy of an approved osteoporosis drug therapy
what does the FRAX tool for?
used by the WHO to determine fracture risk.
are biomarkers helpful in diagnosis of osteoperosis?
they are just helpful for monistorying patients treated with antiresoptive agents
what is the bioactive from of vitamin D
what type of exercise should you promote for prevention and tx of osteoperosis
weight bearing and resistance training
What are some other things you can teach for your patients?
balance, fall prevention and safety.
What is first line tx for osteopersosis?
how do bisphosphanates work?
they cause apoptosis of osteoclasts
if they can't tolerate bisphophanates and are 5 years postmenopausal what should you give
calcitonin. (nasal spray or subcu)
Paget's disease is an upregulation of what cells?
osteoblastas and clasts but in a disproportinate way causing irradic, woven bone
who is pagets common in?
males over 50
What do you commonly see in pagets?
enlarged Skull, tinnitus and bowed legs
What is characteristic with pagets?
salt and pepper pattern on xray.
abnormal alkphos
what is the MC complication of pagets?
osteogenic sarcomas (bone tumors)
bone scan is _______ but not ______ in pagets.
sensitive but not specific
first line for pagets?
What are the 5 categories of non articular rheumatism?
tendonitis and bursitis
structural disorders
neurovascular entrapment
regional myofascial pain
generalized pain syndromes
Myofascial pain can manifest in many ways. How does it affect the digestive tract?
nonarticular rheumatism is most common in persons aged
Persons with inflammatory syndromes experience pain _______movement and may have signs of __________ and __________
Persons with noninflammatory syndromes experience pain _______movement, during _______.
Criteria of fibromyalgia
Chronic widespread pain in all 4 quadants of the body (above and below the waist, left and right sides) >3 months duration.
Fibromyalgia is most common in who?
what are the defining characteristics of fibromyalgia?
pain and tenderness
hypothyroidism and polymyagia rheumatica often mimic fibromyalgia. How do you differentiate?
What are the 9 trigger points of the body
lower cervical (C5-7)
rhomboid (medial scapula)
lateral condyle of the elbow
medial aspect of the knee
Do you give pain meds to fibromyaglia patients?
What is tx for fibromyaglia?
Antiepileptics but non opoids
Chronic fatigue syndrom is characterized by?
a reduction of atleast 50% of ADLs. without other explanantion for one year or more and accompanied by cognitive difficulties.
usually CFS patients have a _________ ______ which subsides but then the fature continues for a year or more after.
antecedent infection
How do you dx CFS?
its a diagnosis of exclusion
What lab may be low?
ESR (0 to 3 mm/hr)
not increased as there is no inflammation
What will you see on PE of CFS?
crimson crescents purple/crimson discoloration of both anterior tonsillar pillars in the abscence of pharyngitis

shotty adenopathy (neck axilla, inguinal)--> pea sized rubbery mobile nodes
CFS syndrome patients should have rst, moderative activity, and run marathons?
no. rest, moderate activity, no exercise
Polymyalgia Rheumatica is widespread aching and stiffness that likes what region?
limb girdle muscles in older adults
what can PMR occur with?
giant cell arteritis
Most common patient with PMR?
>50 (70-80) white women.
What is almost diagnostic of PMR?
prompt and complete response to low dose corticosteroids (24 to 48 hrs)
What is the typical complaints of a PMR patient?
pain worse in morning
stiffness after long car rides
difficulty getting dressed in the morning or in a low chair.
What is the Gold standard for diagnosing PMR?
ESR and CRP elevation
What is given to PMR patients?
10-15 mg of prednisone that is then tapered slowly to 5-7.5 mg
how long do you give corticosteroids to PMR patients?
some can stop within a year but most go for 2-3 years.
What is the criteria for joint hypermobility syndrome?
A beighton score of 4/9 or greater (current or historically)
arthralgia for 3 months or longer in 4 or more joints
Beighton criteria gives 2 points if bilateral for the following:
-hyperextension of elbows (10 degrees or more)
-touch passively, the forearm with the thumb, while wrist is in flexion
-passive extension of the 5th finger, more than 90 degrees
-hyperexctension of the knees (10 degrees or more)- genu recurvatum
-touch the floor with the palms, when bending over with knees extended
tendonitis can be caused by suddent intense injury but is most often the result of a reptitive minor injury of the affected area that is reproducible on _______
tennis player
lateral epicondylitis
baseball pitchers
subacromial bursitis
medial epicondylitis
trochanteric bursitis
infrapatellar bursitis
deep bursae are found where?
between bones and overlapping muscles
i.e. subscromial and illiopsoas bursae
superficial bursae are found where?
between bones and tendons/skins
i.e. olecranon and prepatellar bursae
What are some causes of bursitits?
repetitive use, trauma, infection, or systemic inflammatory disease
TMJ a _________ joint that connects the jaw to the skull
TMJ most commonly found in
females that are 20-40.
Can you see bursitis or tendonitis on xray?
no but it will exclude other joint/bone problems.

blood tests plus MRI and diagnostic u/s are helpful but not required.
On occasion, cortisone shots to the inflamed area (_____________ or ________ ) may be helpful for tendonitis/bursitis
tendon SHEATH or bursa
When do you do labs with TMJ?
when other diseases are suspected such as RA or gout.
Carpal tunnel is the entrapment of what nerve?
is carpal tunnel a diagnosis
not usually. its usually a manifestation of an underlying process.
in servere cases of carpal tunnel what is done?
carpal tunnel release sx
Thoracic outlet syndrome is defined as what?
compression of the neurovascular structures in the area just above the first rib behind the clavicle.
What is the most common facet of thoracic outlet?
brachial plexus
what are the 3 causes of thoracic outlet syndrome?
bony factors
soft tissue factors
Tietze syndrome is characterized by what?
nonsuppurative edema/swelling
costocondritis has NO palpable edema/swelling. true or false?
both tietze syndome and costochondritis are characterized by chest wall tenderness mostly which ribs?
RSD is actually which type of CRPS?
type 1
excessive sympathetic reaction of the joints and periarticualr soft tissues to any insult.
what is type 2 CRPS?
causalgia.its from partial nerve injury where the nerve is inflamed or irritated
what is seen on radiographs with CRPS?
bone demineralization
Patient comes in after stubbing his toe 12 days ago. He describes the pain as burning, shooting and aching. The patient seems to be sweating perfusely. His toe seems to be swollen, cool, blue and damp. He is insensitive to heat and cold. On xray there is no bone break but osteopenia seems to be evident. What does this patient have?what phase?
CRPS phase 2.
tendon joinging to bone
What type of strength do minerals provide?
compression strength
What type of strength does collagen type 1 provide
tensile strength
What is released as bone is broken down?
Alk Phos
bone builders (ossification)
chemical exachange pathway in the lacunae
bone absorption (move over bone) uses acidophillic cytoplasm to remove old bone and forms puts for laying down new bone
What are the two major types of matricies?
interstitium and basement membrane
mesenchymal cells and forms the stroma of organs
basement membrane
thin sheet like membrane comprised of endo- and epithelial cells.

provides mechanical support, forms a semipermeable filtration barrier (kidney,placenta) regulates cell attachment, migration and differentiation
Collagen type 1
skin tendon bone
collagen type II
hyaline cartilage
collagen IV
basement membrane
Where is hyaline cartilage found?
lines the joints
Collagen provides ____% of the cartilage matrix
Whats great about hyaline cartilage?
allows movement without damage
Crystals are desposited where in cartilage?
on the surface of type II collagen
Crystals are deposited where in bone?
within the fibrils and on the surface of type I collagen
Fibrocartilage has a ______ _________ feel. and is found where?
soft leathery
pubic symphysis, cranium, rib cage
What is ground substance?
type II collagen, elastin, proteoglycans
What is the tide line?
interface where synovium and bone meet. disappears with cellular maturation
Is the tideline present during skeletal growth?
Type A synoviocytes
phagocytose actively cell debris and waste of synovial fluid.
type B synoviocytes
nutritional value of synovial fluid
What are the 2 methods of lubrication?
boundary lubrication and weeping lubrication
What does boundary lubrication use?
hyaluronic acid
what does weeping lubrication use?
What color is normal synovial fluid?
clear to pale yellow
Monosodium urate crystals
fine, needline like NEGATIVELY yellow biferingent.

---> GOUT
calcium pyrphosphate
short, rhomboid POSITIVELY blue biferingent

--> psuedogout
cholesterol crystals
transluscent and appear as stacked panes of glass

--> hyperlipidemic state
cannont be seen w/o EM or Alizarin red stain

--> milwakee shoulder (hydroxyapatite crystals in the joint because bone rubbing on bone )
Patient presents with pain worse in the Am, warmth over extremeties, morning stiffness for 2 hours and elevated ESR/CSP. do they have inflammatory or noninflammatory complaints?
where can you have rheumatic signs and symptoms that you wouldn't really expect?
ocular- sicca, visual loss, conjunctivitis

oral-gential ulcers, herpes
Patient is able to move against gravity but not against resistance during muscle strength testing. What level would you grade them?
Normal muscle strength is rated as?
When do you do arthrocentesis?
any undiagnosed mono- or poly-arthritis with an efusion.
suspected infection
suspected crystalline arthritis
When is arthrocentesis CI?
overlying cellulitis, would, bacteremia
infection, hemarthrosis
neuropathic joint (charcot joint)
uncontrolled DM
prothestic joints
inaccessibel joints (hip, SI, publc symphysis)
lack of response to previous injections
If on antinuclear antibody staining you see peripheral cells what would that be indicative of?
What is normal sed rate ?
1 to 13 mm/h in men
0 to 20 mm/h in women
What is a useful formula for age estimation for sed rate?
male/female age in years divided by 2. add 10 to final result in women.

so for me: I'm 23. half of that is 11.5
im a woman so add 10 : 21.5
estimate the sed rate for a 46 year old male
estimate the sed rate for a 46 year old female
Which acute phase reactant detects a rise or fall early?
which acute phase reactant is influenced by RBC shape?
Elevated ACE levels are indicative of what?
sarcoidosis, interstitial lung diseases, leprosy
LOW ACE levels are seen in what disease?
scleroderma (endothelial injury)
What is the standard test for RF?
anticcp abs may develop years BEFORE joint symptoms appear
what is C-ANCA associated with
wegener's granulomatosis
ANA tests for what?
when are complements low?
when its used up fighting an infection, or autoimmune disease
what is CPK used for?
to monitor disease process
when are cryoglobulins elevated?
purpura, glomerulonephritis, clots
HLA-B27 is classic in who?
young males with low back pain.
found MC in caucasians
genetic marker for dsieases with spondyloarthropathies (AS, Reiter's, psoriatic and enteropathic arthritis)
Immunoglobulins pneumonic
IgM arises in
acute infections (3-6 weeks)
IgG confers what
long term immunity
lyme titer tests for what
antibodies against Borrelia burgdorferi, spirocete that is release by ticks.
Anti jo-1
anti SRP
anti Mi 2
When is Anti Jo-1 seen?
mst common
correlates with interstitial lung disease, OM, machinists hands
When is antiSRP seen?
signal recognition particle poor prognosis and no rash seen
Anti Mi2 is seen where?
classid DM rash
is RF factor specific?
Spikes or lows seen in SPEP indicate what?
disease state