Arthritis Therapy Pleasantville NJ

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Ana M Cilursu, MD
(609) 652-0944
803 E Lexington Ct
Galloway, NJ
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Fed De Rio De Janeiro, Fac De Med,
Graduation Year: 1982

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George J Halko
(609) 601-1080
408 Bethel Rd
Somers Point, NJ
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Richard Haddad, MD
(732) 842-3600
282 Broad St
Red Bank, NJ
Business
Allegra Arthritis Associates PC
Specialties
Rheumatology

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Susan Lee
(732) 780-7650
219 Taylor Mills Rd
Manalapan, NJ
Specialty
Rheumatology

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William Overton Knowles, MD
(609) 786-0961
3102 Sheffield Dr
Cinnaminson, NJ
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Hahnemann Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19102
Graduation Year: 1977

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David Martin Sagransky
(609) 653-6403
1701 New Rd
Linwood, NJ
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Bessie Sullivan, MD
(908) 753-1133
35-37 Progress
Edison, NJ
Business
The Arthritis Allergy & Immunology Ctr
Specialties
Rheumatology

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Jeanne Pare, MD
(973) 989-0500
600 Mt Pleasant Ave
Dover, NJ
Business
Allergy, Asthma & Arthritis Assoc
Specialties
Rheumatology

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Yelena Chuzhin
(973) 322-7302
200 S Orange Ave
Livingston, NJ
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Thomas Robert Nucatola, MD
(908) 753-1133
35 Progress St # 37
Edison, NJ
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Suny-Hlth Sci Ctr At Brooklyn, Coll Of Med, Brooklyn Ny 11203
Graduation Year: 1985

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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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