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Inflammatory conditions & arthropathies




NICE guideline [NG100] - Rheumatoid arthritis in adults: management

NICE Interventional procedures guidance [IPG663] - Midcarpal hemiarthroplasty for wrist arthritis

NICE Interventional procedures guidance [IPG110] - Artificial metacarpophalangeal and interphalangeal joint replacement for end-stage arthritis

NICE Interventional procedures guidance [IPG271] - Total wrist replacement

Royal College of Occupational Therapists - Hand and wrist orthoses for adults with rheumatological conditions: practice guideline for occupational therapists (2015)

Group for Research and Assessment of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis 2015 Treatment Recommendations for Psoriatic Arthritis.
Coates LC, Kavanaugh A, Mease PJ, Soriano ER, Laura Acosta-Felquer M, Armstrong AW, Bautista-Molano W, Boehncke WH, Campbell W, Cauli A, Espinoza LR, FitzGerald O, Gladman DD, Gottlieb A, Helliwell PS, Husni ME, Love TJ, Lubrano E, McHugh N, Nash P, Ogdie A, Orbai AM, Parkinson A, O'Sullivan D, Rosen CF, Schwartzman S, Siegel EL, Toloza S, Tuong W, Ritchlin CT.
Arthritis Rheumatol. 2016 May;68(5):1060-71. doi: 10.1002/art.39573. Epub 2016 Mar 23.

The British Society for Rheumatology Guideline for the Management of Gout.
Hui M, Carr A, Cameron S, Davenport G, Doherty M, Forrester H, Jenkins W, Jordan KM, Mallen CD, McDonald TM, Nuki G, Pywell A, Zhang W, Roddy E; British Society for Rheumatology Standards, Audit and Guidelines Working Group.
Rheumatology (Oxford). 2017 Jul 1;56(7):1056-1059. doi: 10.1093/rheumatology/kex150. No abstract available. 

ACR appropriateness criteria - Chronic Wrist Pain

ACR appropriateness criteria - Chronic Extremity Joint Pain–Suspected Inflammatory Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis

Exercise for rheumatoid arthritis of the hand.
Williams MA, Srikesavan C, Heine PJ, Bruce J, Brosseau L, Hoxey-Thomas N, Lamb SE.
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2018 Jul 31;7:CD003832. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD003832.pub3. [Epub ahead of print]

Post-operative therapy for metacarpophalangeal arthroplasty.
Massy-Westropp N, Johnston RV, Hill C.
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2008 Jan 23;(1):CD003522. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD003522.pub2.

Effects of glucocorticoids on radiological progression in rheumatoid arthritis.
Kirwan JR, Bijlsma JW, Boers M, Shea BJ.
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2007 Jan 24;(1):CD006356.

Intra-articular steroids and splints/rest for children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis and adults with rheumatoid arthritis.
Wallen M, Gillies D.
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2006 Jan 25;(1):CD002824.

Low level laser therapy (Classes I, II and III) for treating rheumatoid arthritis.
Brosseau L, Robinson V, Wells G, Debie R, Gam A, Harman K, Morin M, Shea B, Tugwell P.
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2005 Oct 19;(4):CD002049.

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis in the hand.
Brosseau L, Judd MG, Marchand S, Robinson VA, Tugwell P, Wells G, Yonge K.
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2003;(3):CD004377.

Splints/orthoses in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.
Egan M, Brosseau L, Farmer M, Ouimet MA, Rees S, Wells G, Tugwell P.
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2003;(1):CD004018.

Therapeutic ultrasound for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.
Casimiro L, Brosseau L, Robinson V, Milne S, Judd M, Well G, Tugwell P, Shea B.
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2002;(3):CD003787.

Thermotherapy for treating rheumatoid arthritis.
Robinson V, Brosseau L, Casimiro L, Judd M, Shea B, Wells G, Tugwell P.
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2002;(2):CD002826.

Electrical stimulation for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.
Brosseau LU, Pelland LU, Casimiro LY, Robinson VI, Tugwell PE, Wells GE.
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2002;(2):CD003687.

A systematic review of outcomes of wrist arthrodesis and wrist arthroplasty in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
Zhu XM, Perera E, Gohal C, Dennis B, Khan M, Alolabi B.
J Hand Surg Eur Vol. 2020 Sep 17:1753193420953683. doi: 10.1177/1753193420953683. Online ahead of print.

Hand ultrasound patterns in rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis: the role of ultrasound in the differential diagnosis.
Sapundzhieva T, Karalilova R, Batalov A.
Rheumatol Int. 2020 Mar 24. doi: 10.1007/s00296-020-04559-8. [Epub ahead of print]

Linking ICF components to outcome measures for hand osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis: A systematic review.
Povlak S, Valdes K.
J Hand Ther. 2020 Mar 6. pii: S0894-1130(20)30015-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jht.2019.12.015. [Epub ahead of print]

Pseudoerosions of hands and feet in rheumatoid arthritis: Anatomic concepts and redefinition.
Hirtler L, Rath C, Platzgummer H, Aletaha D, Kainberger F.
J Clin Med. 2019 Dec 9;8(12). pii: E2174. doi: 10.3390/jcm8122174.

Comparison of varying corticosteroid type, dose, and volume for the treatment of pain in small- and intermediate-size joint injections: A narrative review.
Cushman DM, Ofek E, Syed RH, Clements N, Gardner JE, Sams JM, Mulvey JL, McCormick ZL.
PM R. 2019 Jun 5. doi: 10.1016/j.pmrj.2018.09.040. [Epub ahead of print]

The effectiveness of joint-protection programs on pain, hand function, and grip strength levels in patients with hand arthritis: A systematic review and meta-analysis.
Bobos P, Nazari G, Szekeres M, Lalone EA, Ferreira L, MacDermid JC.
J Hand Ther. 2018 Dec 23. pii: S0894-1130(18)30164-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jht.2018.09.012. [Epub ahead of print]

Factors associated with hand and upper arm functional disability in people with rheumatoid arthritis: A systematic review.
Arab Alkabeya H, Hughes AM, Adams J.
Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2018 Oct 15. doi: 10.1002/acr.23784. [Epub ahead of print]

Complications, reoperations and revisions after proximal interphalangeal joint arthroplasty: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Forster N, Schindele S, Audigé L, Marks M.
J Hand Surg Eur Vol. 2018 Dec;43(10):1066-1075. doi: 10.1177/1753193418770606. Epub 2018 May 6.

Volar tenodesis for the treatment of swan-neck deformity; A systematic review.
Kiziridis G, Giddins GEB.
J Hand Surg Asian Pac Vol. 2017 Sep;22(3):267-274. doi: 10.1142/S0218810417300030.

Do outcomes reported in randomised controlled trials of joint replacement surgery fulfil the OMERACT 2.0 Filter? A review of the 2008 and 2013 literature.
Wall PDH, Richards BL, Sprowson A, Buchbinder R, Singh JA.
Syst Rev. 2017 May 30;6(1):106. doi: 10.1186/s13643-017-0498-3.

Examining the validity of the rheumatoid arthritis magnetic resonance imaging score according to the OMERACT filter-a systematic literature review.
Woodworth TG, Morgacheva O, Pimienta OL, Troum OM, Ranganath VK, Furst DE.
Rheumatology (Oxford). 2017 Jul 1;56(7):1177-1188. doi: 10.1093/rheumatology/kew445.

Diagnostic test accuracy of ultrasound for synovitis in rheumatoid arthritis: systematic review and meta-analysis.
Takase-Minegishi K, Horita N, Kobayashi K, Yoshimi R, Kirino Y, Ohno S, Kaneko T, Nakajima H, Wakefield RJ, Emery P.
Rheumatology (Oxford). 2018 Jan 1;57(1):49-58. doi: 10.1093/rheumatology/kex036.

Distal radioulnar joint arthroplasty with implants: a systematic review.
Calcagni M, Giesen T.
EFORT Open Rev. 2017 Mar 13;1(5):191-196. doi: 10.1302/2058-5241.1.160008. eCollection 2016 May.

Distal radio-ulnar implant arthroplasty: a systematic review.
Moulton LS, Giddins GE.
J Hand Surg Eur Vol. 2017 Oct;42(8):827-838. doi: 10.1177/1753193417692506. Epub 2017 Feb 14.

The role of ultrasound in diagnosing rheumatoid arthritis, what do we know? An updated review.
Lage-Hansen PR, Lindegaard H, Chrysidis S, Terslev L.
Rheumatol Int. 2017 Feb;37(2):179-187. doi: 10.1007/s00296-016-3587-z. Epub 2016 Nov 1.

Effectiveness of occupational therapy interventions for adults with musculoskeletal conditions of the forearm, wrist, and hand: A systematic review.
Roll SC, Hardison ME.
Am J Occup Ther. 2017 Jan/Feb;71(1):7101180010p1-7101180010p12. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2017.023234.

Unconstrained metacarpophalangeal joint arthroplasties: a systematic review.
Aujla RS, Sheikh N, Divall P, Bhowal B, Dias JJ.
Bone Joint J. 2017 Jan;99-B(1):100-106. doi: 10.1302/0301-620X.99B1.37237.

The effectiveness of home hand exercise programmes in rheumatoid arthritis: a systematic review.
Hammond A, Prior Y.
Br Med Bull. 2016 Sep;119(1):49-62. doi: 10.1093/bmb/ldw024. Epub 2016 Jun 30.

The effects of compression gloves on hand symptoms and hand function in rheumatoid arthritis and hand osteoarthritis: A systematic review.
Hammond A, Jones V, Prior Y.
Clin Rehabil. 2016 Mar;30(3):213-24. doi: 10.1177/0269215515578296. Epub 2015 Mar 23.

Summary findings of a systematic literature review of the ultrasound assessment of bone erosions in rheumatoid arthritis.
Szkudlarek M, Terslev L, Wakefield RJ, Backhaus M, Balint PV, Bruyn GA, Filippucci E, Gandjbakhch F, Iagnocco A, Mandl P, Möller I, Naredo E, Schmidt WA, d'Agostino MA.
J Rheumatol. 2016 Jan;43(1):12-21. doi: 10.3899/jrheum.141416. Epub 2015 Dec 1.

Total wrist arthroplasty: a systematic review of the evidence from the last 5 years.
Yeoh D, Tourret L.
J Hand Surg Eur Vol. 2015 Jun;40(5):458-68. doi: 10.1177/1753193414539796. Epub 2014 Jun 23.
Erratum in: J Hand Surg Eur Vol. 2015 Jun;40(5):469.

Is Swanson prosthesis better than Sutter prosthesis for metacarpophalangeal joint arthroplasty? A meta-analysis.
Zhang H, Xue D, Yu J.
J Plast Surg Hand Surg. 2015 Feb;49(1):45-51. doi: 10.3109/2000656X.2014.942313. Epub 2014 Aug 28.

Hand bone mass in rheumatoid arthritis: A review of the literature.
Kilic G, Ozgocmen S.
World J Orthop. 2015 Jan 18;6(1):106-16. doi: 10.5312/wjo.v6.i1.106. eCollection 2015 Jan 18.

Total proximal interphalangeal joint arthroplasty for osteoarthritis versus rheumatoid arthritis--a systematic review.
Ibrahim MS, Jordan RW, Kallala R, Koris J, Chakrabarti I.
Hand Surg. 2015;20(1):181-90. doi: 10.1142/S0218810415300016.

A systematic review into the effectiveness of hand exercise therapy in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.
Bergstra SA, Murgia A, Te Velde AF, Caljouw SR.
Clin Rheumatol. 2014 Nov;33(11):1539-48. doi: 10.1007/s10067-014-2691-2. Epub 2014 Jun 22.

The effectiveness of working wrist splints in adults with rheumatoid arthritis: a mixed methods systematic review.
Ramsey L, Winder RJ, McVeigh JG.
J Rehabil Med. 2014 Jun;46(6):481-92. doi: 10.2340/16501977-1804.

Wrist arthroplasty--a systematic review.
Boeckstyns ME.
Dan Med J. 2014 May;61(5):A4834.

Evaluation protocols of hand grip strength in individuals with rheumatoid arthritis: a systematic review.
Shiratori AP, Iop Rda R, Borges Júnior NG, Domenech SC, Gevaerd Mda S.
Rev Bras Reumatol. 2014 Mar-Apr;54(2):140-7. English, Portuguese.

Role of ultrasonography in diagnosing early rheumatoid arthritis and remission of rheumatoid arthritis--a systematic review of the literature.
Ten Cate DF, Luime JJ, Swen N, Gerards AH, De Jager MH, Basoski NM, Hazes JM, Haagsma CJ, Jacobs JW.
Arthritis Res Ther. 2013 Jan 8;15(1):R4. doi: 10.1186/ar4132.

Pyrocarbon versus silicone proximal interphalangeal joint arthroplasty: a systematic review.
Chan K, Ayeni O, McKnight L, Ignacy TA, Farrokhyar F, Thoma A.
Plast Reconstr Surg. 2013 Jan;131(1):114-24. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e3182729f27.

A systematic literature review of US definitions, scoring systems and validity according to the OMERACT filter for tendon lesion in RA and other inflammatory joint diseases.
Alcalde M, D'Agostino MA, Bruyn GA, Möller I, Iagnocco A, Wakefield RJ, Naredo E; OMERACT Ultrasound Task Force.
Rheumatology (Oxford). 2012 Jul;51(7):1246-60. doi: 10.1093/rheumatology/kes018. Epub 2012 Feb 29.

Psoriatic arthritis

Prevalence of extra-articular manifestations in psoriatic arthritis: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Pittam B, Gupta S, Harrison NL, Robertson S, Hughes DM, Zhao SS.
Rheumatology (Oxford). 2020 Mar 11. pii: keaa062. doi: 10.1093/rheumatology/keaa062. [Epub ahead of print]

Hand ultrasound patterns in rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis: the role of ultrasound in the differential diagnosis.
Sapundzhieva T, Karalilova R, Batalov A.
Rheumatol Int. 2020 Mar 24. doi: 10.1007/s00296-020-04559-8. [Epub ahead of print]

Musculoskeletal ultrasonography for psoriatic arthritis and psoriasis patients: a systematic literature review.
Zabotti A, Bandinelli F, Batticciotto A, Scirè CA, Iagnocco A, Sakellariou G; Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Study Group of the Italian Society of Rheumatology.
Rheumatology (Oxford). 2017 Sep 1;56(9):1518-1532. doi: 10.1093/rheumatology/kex179.

Systematic literature review of domains assessed in psoriatic arthritis to inform the update of the psoriatic arthritis core domain set.
Kalyoncu U, Ogdie A, Campbell W, Bingham CO 3rd, de Wit M, Gladman DD, Mease P, Steinkoenig I, Strand V, Riese VG, Orbai AM.
RMD Open. 2016 Mar 3;2(1):e000217. doi: 10.1136/rmdopen-2015-000217. eCollection 2016.

Psoriatic arthritis mutilans: clinical and radiographic criteria. A systematic review.
Haddad A, Johnson SR, Somaily M, Fazelzad R, Kron AT, Chau C, Chandran V.
J Rheumatol. 2015 Aug;42(8):1432-8. doi: 10.3899/jrheum.141545. Epub 2015 Jun 15.

Comprehensive treatment of dactylitis in psoriatic arthritis.
Rose S, Toloza S, Bautista-Molano W, Helliwell PS; GRAPPA Dactylitis Study Group.
J Rheumatol. 2014 Nov;41(11):2295-300. doi: 10.3899/jrheum.140879.

Systematic review of treatments for psoriatic arthritis: 2014 update for the GRAPPA.
Coates LC, Kavanaugh A, Ritchlin CT; GRAPPA Treatment Guideline Committee.
J Rheumatol. 2014 Nov;41(11):2273-6. doi: 10.3899/jrheum.140875.

Drug therapies for peripheral joint disease in psoriatic arthritis: a systematic review.
Acosta Felquer ML, Coates LC, Soriano ER, Ranza R, Espinoza LR, Helliwell PS, FitzGerald O, McHugh N, Roussou E, Mease PJ.
J Rheumatol. 2014 Nov;41(11):2277-85. doi: 10.3899/jrheum.140876.

Ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging in the evaluation of psoriatic dactylitis: status and perspectives.
Bakewell CJ, Olivieri I, Aydin SZ, Dejaco C, Ikeda K, Gutierrez M, Terslev L, Thiele R, D'Agostino MA, Kaeley GS; OMERACT Ultrasound Task Force.
J Rheumatol. 2013 Dec;40(12):1951-7. doi: 10.3899/jrheum.130643. Epub 2013 Nov 1.


Interventions for tophi in gout.
Sriranganathan MK, Vinik O, Bombardier C, Edwards CJ.
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2014 Oct 20;(10):CD010069. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD010069.pub2.

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for acute gout.
van Durme CM, Wechalekar MD, Buchbinder R, Schlesinger N, van der Heijde D, Landewé RB.
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2014 Sep 16;(9):CD010120. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD010120.pub2.

Colchicine for acute gout.
van Echteld I, Wechalekar MD, Schlesinger N, Buchbinder R, Aletaha D.
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2014 Aug 15;(8):CD006190. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD006190.pub2.

Intra-articular glucocorticoids for acute gout.
Wechalekar MD, Vinik O, Schlesinger N, Buchbinder R.
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2013 Apr 30;(4):CD009920. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD009920.pub2.

Interventions for tophi in gout: a Cochrane systematic literature review.
Sriranganathan MK, Vinik O, Falzon L, Bombardier C, van der Heijde DM, Edwards CJ.
J Rheumatol Suppl. 2014 Sep;92:63-9. doi: 10.3899/jrheum.140464.

Diagnostic value of clinical, laboratory, and imaging findings in patients with a clinical suspicion of gout: a systematic literature review.
Sivera F, Andrès M, Falzon L, van der Heijde DM, Carmona L.
J Rheumatol Suppl. 2014 Sep;92:3-8. doi: 10.3899/jrheum.140456.

The last defence? Surgical aspects of gouty arthritis of hand and wrist.
Tang CY, Fung B.
Hong Kong Med J. 2011 Dec;17(6):480-6.


Hand and wrist joint procedures in patients with scleroderma: a systematic review.
Politikou O, Giesen T, Reissner L, Calcagni M.
J Hand Surg Eur Vol. 2019 May;44(4):402-407. doi: 10.1177/1753193418795632. Epub 2018 Sep 3.

Wrist arthroscopy in juvenile idiopathic arthritis: A review of current literature and future implications.
Vermaak PV, Southwood TR, Lindau TR, Jester A, Oestreich K.
J Wrist Surg. 2018 Jul;7(3):186-190. doi: 10.1055/s-0038-1639508. Epub 2018 Apr 13.

Ultrasound evaluation of joints in systemic lupus erythematosus: a systematic review.
Lins CF, Santiago MB.
Eur Radiol. 2015 Sep;25(9):2688-92. doi: 10.1007/s00330-015-3670-y. Epub 2015 Feb 27.

Palmar fasciitis and polyarthritis syndrome-systematic literature review of 100 cases.
Manger B, Schett G.
Semin Arthritis Rheum. 2014 Aug;44(1):105-11. doi: 10.1016/j.semarthrit.2014.03.005. Epub 2014 Mar 6.




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