Arthritis Therapy Bethel Park PA

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Dr.Elizabeth Young
(412) 851-8860
1300 Oxford Drive
Bethel Park, PA
Gender
F
Speciality
Rheumatologist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
4.0, out of 5 based on 2, reviews.

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Kelly Dean Krohn, MD
(412) 232-5539
2000 Oxford Dr
Bethel Park, PA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Creighton Univ Sch Of Med, Omaha Ne 68178
Graduation Year: 1983

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Laurie W Mathie, MD
2000 Oxford Dr
Bethel Park, PA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Allegheny Univ Of Hlth Sciences, Philadelphia Pa 19129
Graduation Year: 2000

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Dr.Leslie Tar
(412) 665-4600
73 Clairton Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Rochester Sch Of Med & Dentistry
Year of Graduation: 1981
Speciality
Rheumatologist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
2.2, out of 5 based on 13, reviews.

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Leslie Tar
(412) 665-4600
73 Clairton Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Jennifer Anne Brackney
(412) 831-1929
2000 Oxford Dr
Bethel Park, PA
Specialty
Rheumatology

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David John Helfrich, MD
(412) 232-5539
2000 Oxford Dr Ste 113
Bethel Park, PA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pittsburgh Sch Of Med, Pittsburgh Pa 15261
Graduation Year: 1983

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Ghassan A Alayli, MD
(412) 851-8860
1737 Waterford Ct
Pittsburgh, PA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: American Univ Of Beirut, Fac Of Med, Beirut, Lebanon
Graduation Year: 1987

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Bertrand Lubell Stolzer, MD
243 Main Entrance Dr
Pittsburgh, PA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: New York Univ Sch Of Med, New York Ny 10016
Graduation Year: 1947
Hospital
Hospital: Upmc St Margaret Memorial Hosp, Pittsburgh, Pa
Group Practice: Margolis Rheumatology Assoc

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Antonio Amin Achkar, MD
(412) 682-2434
4021 Muirfield Dr
Presto, PA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Case Western Reserve Univ Sch Of Med, Cleveland Oh 44106
Graduation Year: 1988
Hospital
Hospital: Upmc Presbyterian, Pittsburgh, Pa; Upmc St Margaret Memorial Hosp, Pittsburgh, Pa; Upmc -Shadyside Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pa
Group Practice: Arthritis & Internal Medicine

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New, Targeted Therapies for Arthritis

There are many different types of rheumatological diseases. A rheumatological disease is an inflammatory arthritis that affects the entire body as a whole. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the most common rheumatologic disease. Certain types of rheumatoid arthritis seem to target specific joints.

When a rheumatological disease affects the spine, the resulting conditon is called a spondyloarthropathy. The term is made up of Greek words: Spondylo means vertebra, arthro means joint and pathos means disease. When other more peripheral joints are affected (such as in the arms and legs), the rheumatologic arthritis is referred to as an spondyloarthritide.

In this article, Dr. Philip J. Mease from the Division of Rheumatology, University School of Medicine in Seattle, Washington gives us an update on two of the more common spondyloarthropathies: psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Psoriatric arthritis affects the peripheral joints. Ankylosing spondylitis affects the spine.

New findings in the field have brought these conditions and their treatment to our attention. The first major breakthrough in understanding and treating these diseases is in the area of pathophysiology. Pathophysiology tells us what went wrong at the cellular level to cause these problems.

Researchers are identifying specific differences between rheumatoid arthritis and spondyloarthropathies. Their work in the field of osteoimmunology is helping determine what's going on between the bone cells (osteo) and the immune system. This knowledge has led to more refined development of specific drug treatments for these two types of arthritis. That's good news for anyone suffering from any kind of rheumatologic disease.

For example, MRIs of patients with spondyloarthropathies show bone edema before any actual bone damage occurs in the joints. At the same time, they have found nests of lymphocytes (white blood cells), bone cells, and blood in the bone marrow (inside bones) of patients with ankylosing spondylitis. Though the exact meaining of these findings are unknown, they point in a direction to help drug manufacturers develop medications that could stop this process.

Measuring the effect of therapy on disease activity is one way to assess new treatments. Studies look at before and after outcomes of therapy on affected joints, skin, pain, function, fatigue, and quality of life. The therapeutic effects of treatment on disease activity can be difficult to measure -- especially when those changes occur at the cellular level. MRIs and X-rays may be helpful.

Patient-reported outcomes using various surveys can help track patient perceived changes, too. Some of these tools include the Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index (BASDAI), the Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Function Index (BASFI), and the Ankylosing Spondylitis Quality of Life (ASQoL) questionnaire.

Standard treatment of mild spondyloarthropathies start...

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