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William Mc Gehee Blaylock, MD
(540) 772-3438
1802 Braeburn Dr
Salem, VA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1967
Hospital
Hospital: Lewis-Gale Med Ctr, Salem, Va
Group Practice: Lewis-Gale Clinic

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Joseph Lemmer
(540) 772-3707
1802 Braeburn Dr
Salem, VA
Specialty
Rheumatology

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William Blaylock
(540) 772-3707
1802 Braeburn Dr
Salem, VA
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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D M Nicholson Elbaor, MD
(703) 751-8804
101 S Whiting St Ste 105
Alexandria, VA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Boston Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02118
Graduation Year: 1981

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John Maurice Hague, MD
(317) 887-7676
1250 E Marshall St
Richmond, VA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 46202
Graduation Year: 1969
Hospital
Hospital: Comm Hosp-Indiana, Indianapolis, In; St Vincent Hosp And Health Car, Indianapolis, In
Group Practice: Rheumatology Assoc Pc; Rheumatology Associates Pc

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Androniki Bili
(540) 772-3707
1802 Braeburn Dr
Salem, VA
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Garry Edward Bayliss, MD
(540) 772-3707
1802 Braeburn Dr
Salem, VA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nc At Chapel Hill Sch Of Med, Chapel Hill Nc 27599
Graduation Year: 1985

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Garry Bayliss
(540) 772-3707
1802 Braeburn Dr
Salem, VA
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Michael Ross Cannon, MD
(804) 828-5163
Richmond, VA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ky Coll Of Med, Lexington Ky 40536
Graduation Year: 1999

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Bita Arabshahi
(703) 970-2600
8505 Arlington Blvd
Fairfax, VA
Specialty
Rheumatology

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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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