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Gary J Silverman DO
(480) 941-3991
3337 N Miller Rd
Scottsdale, AZ
Specialties
Rheumatology

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Dr.Paul Caldron
(480) 834-5200
1500 S Dobson Rd # 202
Mesa, AZ
Gender
M
Speciality
Rheumatologist
General Information
Hospital: Banner Desert
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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3.2, out of 5 based on 13, reviews.

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Jeanne Frances Attrep, MD
Tempe, AZ
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In Shreveport, Shreveport La 71130
Graduation Year: 1989

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Debra Kay Michel, MD
(480) 820-7474
3921 E Baseline Rd Ste 108
Gilbert, AZ
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ohio, Toledo Oh 43699
Graduation Year: 1982

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Elizabeth Chang
(480) 633-7946
1400 N Gilbert Rd
Gilbert, AZ
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Santina Carminati Taddei, MD
(480) 820-7474
3921 E Baseline Rd
Gilbert, AZ
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Centre Med Univ, Fac De Med, Geneve, Switzerland (Univ De Geneve)
Graduation Year: 1993

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James Edward McComb
(480) 839-3900
2058 S Dobson Rd
Mesa, AZ
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Santina Carminati Taddei
(480) 820-7474
3921 E Baseline Rd
Gilbert, AZ
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Debra K Michel
(480) 280-7474
3921 E Baseline Rd
Gilbert, AZ
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Mark Saml Schubert, MD
(480) 834-1352
941 S Dobson Rd
Mesa, AZ
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Az Coll Of Med, Tucson Az 85724
Graduation Year: 1983
Hospital
Hospital: Good Samaritan Reg Med Ctr, Phoenix, Az; St Josephs Hosp & Med Ctr, Phoenix, Az; John C Lincoln Hosp -Deer Val, Phoenix, Az; Banner Desert Med Ctr, Mesa, Az; Thunderbird Samaritan Med Ctr, Glendale, Az
Group Practice: Allergy Asthma Clinic Lt

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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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