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Edited by: Dr Adewale Adebajo, Dr Luis Espinoza

It is our pleasure to introduce the Rheumatology Collection, a selection of invited articles chosen by the Editors of Clinical Rheumatology.

With SpringerPlus as an open access platform, the Rheumatology Collection represents a barrier-free extension to our subscription journal, Clinical Rheumatology, where Dr. Ade Adebajo is serving as Associate Editor, and Dr. Luis Espinoza is the Editor-in-Chief. We view our article Collection as a ‘sister’ of our primary journal, providing a new forum to wider disseminate specifically invited, scientifically valuable manuscripts from this broad research area.

Potential topics include all fields of basic and clinical rheumatology:

  • Non-inflammatory bone disorders
  • Inflammatory bone disorders
  • Genetic bone disorders
  • Conventional and modern medical and surgical therapeutic modalities
  • Rehabilitation

Invited submissions should choose the Rheumatology Collection during submission, and include the invitation letter from Clinical Rheumatology in their SpringerPlus cover letter.

For more information about how you can be considered for the Rheumatology Collection, please speak to the editorial team at Clinical Rheumatology.

Collection Articles:

  1. Patients with glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis (GIOP) are at very high risk of fracture, and patients with severe GIOP often experience fractures during treatment with bisphosphonates. Teriparatide (TPTD) i...

    Authors: Takahiro Seno, Aihiro Yamamoto, Yuji Kukida, Aiko Hirano, Takashi Kida, Amane Nakabayashi, Kazuki Fujioka, Hidetake Nagahara, Wataru Fujii, Ken Murakami, Ryo Oda, Hiroyoshi Fujiwara, Masataka Kohno and Yutaka Kawahito
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1056
  2. Muscle strengthening may be difficult to achieve in knee osteoarthritis (OA) due to pain. A large knee adduction moment (KAM), representing medial relative to lateral knee load, may also relate with pain durin...

    Authors: Elora C. Brenneman, Alexander B. Kuntz, Emily G. Wiebenga and Monica R. Maly
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:463
  3. Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are at a higher cardiovascular (CV) risk in comparison to the general population. CV risk associates closely with aortic stiffness. Aim of this exploration was therefore...

    Authors: Konstantinos Triantafyllias, Michele De Blasi, Isabell Hoffmann, Thomas Thomaidis, Philipp Drees and Andreas Schwarting
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:428
  4. We analyze and assess BCR repertoires of SLE patients before and after high dose glucocorticoid therapy to address two fundamental questions: (1) After the treatment, how the BCR repertoire of SLE patient cha...

    Authors: Bin Shi, Jiang Yu, Long Ma, Qingqing Ma, Chunmei Liu, Suhong Sun, Rui Ma and Xinsheng Yao
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:75
  5. In this study the concordance between the Routine Assessment of Patient Index Data 3 (RAPID3) and the Disease Activity Score 28-joint count (DAS28) was investigated in a clinical routine outpatient setting.

    Authors: Niels W. Boone, Patty Teeuwisse, Paul-Hugo van der Kuy, Rob Janknegt and Robert B. M. Landewé
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2015 4:462
  6. The aim of this study was to survey factors related to EULAR good response, the DAS-28 definition of remission, ACR 50 response, sustained response to tumor necrosis factor inhibitors (TNF-I) therapy in biolog...

    Authors: Reem Hamdy A Mohammed, Faisal Farahat, Hanady H Kewan and Mohammed A Bukhari
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2015 4:207
  7. Panniculitis is an uncommon cutaneous manifestation in dermatomyositis. It not only occurs in idiopathic dermatomyositis, but also rarely occurs in the setting of malignancy-associated dermatomyositis. Calcino...

    Authors: Manasmon Chairatchaneeboon, Kanokvalai Kulthanan and Araya Manapajon
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2015 4:201
  8. Epidemiological studies of knee osteoarthritis (OA) have often used a radiographic definition. However, the clinical syndrome of OA is influenced by a broad range of factors in addition to the structural chang...

    Authors: Camille Parsons, Michael Clynes, Holly Syddall, Darshan Jagannath, Anna Litwic, Suzan van der Pas, Cyrus Cooper, Elaine M Dennison and Mark H Edwards
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2015 4:177
  9. Adult-onset Still’s disease is a rare systemic inflammatory disorder of unknown aetiology characterized by the classic triad of persistent high spiking fevers, joint pain and a distinctive salmon-colored bumpy...

    Authors: Sergio A Mora Alfonso, Daniel M Cuestas Rodríguez, John D Londoño, Rafael Valle-Oñate and Gerardo Quintana
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2015 4:172
  10. This study evaluated the efficacy and safety of adding etanercept to disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) in patients with moderately active rheumatoid arthritis (RA). This randomized, double-blind, ...

    Authors: Kathryn Hobbs, Atul Deodhar, Brian Wang, Bojena Bitman, Joyce Nussbaum, James Chung and David H Collier
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2015 4:113
  11. We describe a qualitative study to establish the emerging needs of young people with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) as they go through the transition process, identifying which elements are valued and whe...

    Authors: Samantha Howland and Kay Fisher
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2015 4:111
  12. Diagnosis of extrapulmonary tuberculosis (TB) is often challenging. In this work we discuss the utility of an assay for Lipoarabinomannan (LAM) antibody detection in synovial fluid. LAM is one of the three maj...

    Authors: Giuseppe Passiu, Gian Luca Erre, Pietro Pirina and Leonardo Antonio Sechi
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2015 4:63
  13. TNF-α inhibitors plus MTX appear to have benefit in the longer-term reduction of RA. Boolean long-term remission under drug-free conditions is rare. The therapeutic mechanism and the factor of predicting respo...

    Authors: Kosaku Oda and Mutsuko Minata
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2015 4:41
  14. Dapsone is a commonly used second line drug for prophylaxis of pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PJP) in immunocompromised patients. Oxidant hemolysis, caused by dapsone’s metabolite hydroxylamine, is a common...

    Authors: Scott M Lee and Duvuru Geetha
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2015 4:29
  15. Diagnosis of psoriatic arthritis (PsA), in a period of 12 months from the onset of the first articular episode, permits of identifying the early form defined as “early PsA”. The recognition of the disease in t...

    Authors: Francesco Caso, Luisa Costa, Mariangela Atteno, Antonio Del Puente, Luca Cantarini, Ennio Lubrano and Raffaele Scarpa
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2014 3:759
  16. We report the case of a patient with Rheumatoid Arthritis [RA] presenting with clinical-pathological and radiological features of Pulmonary Lymphomatoid Granulomatosis (PLG). This is a rare lung disorder chara...

    Authors: Athar Barakat, Karan Grover and Rohit Peshin
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2014 3:751
  17. Leprosy is a chronic granulomatous infectious disease, which is caused by Mycobacterium leprae. High numbers of people are still affected by this disease in some of the developing countries however, it is rarely ...

    Authors: Fiaz Alam and Samar AL Emadi
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2014 3:734
  18. Mouth and genital ulcers with inflamed cartilage (MAGIC) syndrome is a rare overlap syndrome that includes features characteristic of both Behçet’s disease (BD) and relapsing polychondritis (RP).

    Authors: Yoko Kawakami, Katsuya Endo, Tomonori Ishii, Sho Haneda, Fumiyoshi Fujishima, Yoichi Kakuta, Hisashi Shiga, Yoshitaka Kinouchi and Tooru Shimosegawa
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2014 3:714
  19. We describe a case of skeletal hyperostosis in a 29 year old man presenting with non-inflammatory back pain with a past history of isotretinoin therapy for acne. The development of skeletal hyperostosis, predo...

    Authors: Scott W. Graf and Samuel L. Whittle
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2014 3:698
  20. Infections are recognized as major complications during therapy with biologics and other immunosuppressant drugs. The respiratory tract, bone, joint, skin, and soft tissues are well known sites of infection in...

    Authors: Tsuyoshi Sasaki, Koichi Okamura, Yukio Yonemoto, Chisa Okura and Kenji Takagishi
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2014 3:567
  21. Diffuse parenchymal lung disease (DPLD) may be idiopathic or may be due to known associations such as autoimmune diseases. The prognosis in cases associated with autoimmune diseases depends on many factors suc...

    Authors: Amritpal Singh Anand, Priya Brian Joseph and Ernest Vera-Vazquez
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2014 3:513
  22. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a systemic autoimmune inflammatory disorder that primarily affects the synovial joints. Rheumatoid vasculitis (RV) is an extra-articular manifestation of RA, and its association wi...

    Authors: Shunta Kaneko, Hiroyuki Yamashita, Yusuke Sugimori, Yuko Takahashi, Hiroshi Kaneko, Toshikazu Kano and Akio Mimori
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2014 3:509
  23. Osteoporosis is an important health problem with serious consequences. Evaluation of osteoporosis scientific output from Arab countries has not been explored and there are few internationally published reports...

    Authors: Waleed M Sweileh, Samah W Al-Jabi, Sa’ed H Zyoud, Ansam F Sawalha and Mustafa A Ghanim
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2014 3:427
  24. Eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (EGPA) belongs to the systemic ANCA-associated vasculitides which may develop life-threatening major organ involvement, such as eosinophilic pulmonary infiltration...

    Authors: Gunter Assmann, Marc Molinger, Michael Pfreundschuh, Rainer Bohle and Vincent Zimmer
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2014 3:404
  25. We aimed at analyzing important predictive factors for experienced negative emotional and social effects of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) two years after diagnosis in patients aged 18–65 years. The first group inc...

    Authors: Catharina Gåfvels, Margareta Hägerström, Birgitta Nordmark and Per Wändell
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2014 3:118
  26. Although disease progression of osteoarthritis has been well documented, pain pathophysiology is largely unknown. This study was designed with two purposes: 1) to characterize patients with knee pain predomina...

    Authors: Masahiko Ikeuchi, Masashi Izumi, Koji Aso, Natsuki Sugimura and Toshikazu Tani
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2013 2:628
  27. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and spondyloarthritis (SpA) are chronic diseases characterized by activation of the immune system and production of antibodies. Thus, rheumatoid factor, anti-animal IgG antibodies and...

    Authors: Tue W Kragstrup, Thomas Vorup-Jensen, Bent Deleuran and Malene Hvid
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2013 2:263