Therapeutic Advances in Musculoskeletal Disease

Acute kidney injury is associated with increased healthcare utilization, complications, and mortality after primary total knee arthroplasty

21-02-2020 – Jasvinder A. Singh,John D. Cleveland

The potential value of blood monitoring of biologic drugs used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis

08-02-2020 – Martin Perry,Azhar Abdullah,Marina Frleta,Jonathan MacDonald,Andrew McGucken

Baricitinib exposure during pregnancy in rheumatoid arthritis

03-02-2020 – Giulia Costanzo,Davide Firinu,Francesca Losa,Margherita Deidda,Maria P. Barca,Stefano Del Giacco

Case Reports

We here describe the case of a 43-year-old White woman who was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis treated with anti-tumour necrosis factor drugs that caused an adverse drug reaction. The objective of this study was to describe the outcome of a pregnancy under baricitinib, a JAK-inhibitor drug, in a woman affected by rheumatoid arthritis. Scant data are available about the safety of JAK inhibitors during pregnancy. A case report and review of literature about JAK-inhibitor exposure during pregnancy were conducted. After the failure of biologic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs due to a loss of efficacy and adverse drug reaction, the patient was started on baricitinib when it was marketed. During the fifth month of this treatment, she reported missing her period and a pregnancy was confirmed, despite a previous recommendation of adequate contraception. Thus, she had been exposed to baricitinib for several weeks before conception and during the whole first-trimester until the 17th week of gestation. The treatment with baricitinib was promptly discontinued and she was regularly examined. Foetal growth was normal throughout pregnancy and ultrasound examination did not detect any macroscopic abnormality. This is the first report of exposure to baricitinib during pregnancy outside the drug registration study program. We report the positive pregnancy outcome of a continuous exposure to baricitinib during the first 17 weeks of pregnancy. Small molecules, such as JAK inhibitors, are increasingly being used in clinical practice in rheumatoid arthritis and in other diseases. Hence, more broad and focused studies are required to have an insight of safety for this drug class in the case of accidental exposure before or during pregnancy.

Balancing the risks and benefits of biologic drugs in rheumatic disease: the case for romosozumab?

21-01-2020 – David M. Reid


New insights into the treatment of myositis

08-01-2020 – Stefanie Glaubitz,Rachel Zeng,Jens Schmidt

Journal Article, Review

The myositis syndromes include polymyositis, dermatomyositis (DM), necrotizing myopathy, inclusion body myositis (IBM), antisynthetase syndrome and overlap syndromes with myositis. These syndromes mostly occur in middle-aged patients, while juvenile DM occurs in children and adolescents. Patients mostly show a subacute weakness and myalgia in the upper and lower limbs, the diagnosis is based upon these clinical findings in combination with muscle biopsy results and specific serum autoantibodies. In recent years, research achieved a better understanding about the molecular mechanism underlying the myositis syndromes, as well as disease progress and extramuscular organ manifestations, such as interstitial lung disease and association with neoplasias. Treatment mainly consists of glucocorticosteroids and immunosuppressants. IBM is usually refractory to treatments. This review provides an overview of the current standards of treatment and new treatment options like monoclonal antibodies and new molecular therapies and their first results from clinical trials.