In our manuscript entitled “Unique Abnormalities in Right Ventricular Longitudinal Strain in Systemic Sclerosis Patients”, we utilized novel echocardiographic techniques for the detection of right ventricular abnormalities in a large cohort of systemic sclerosis patients. We found that standard measurements of right sided chamber size and function were not clinically abnormal in systemic sclerosis, however novel speckle-derived strain revealed a unique pattern of regional contractility. This pattern suggested the presence of right heart dysfunction that is not appreciable by standard echocardiographic imaging, and may serve to identify those patients who are at higher risk.
New cancer therapies that work by activating the immune system can induce side effects. We described the largest series of patients with inflammatory arthritis and sicca syndrome (severe dry eyes and dry mouth) from these therapies.
Dr. Cappelli joined the Division of Rheumatology as an Instructor in Medicine here at Johns Hopkins Rheumatology.
Dr. Darrah is an Assistant Professor of Medicine here at Johns Hopkins Rheumatology. Dr. Darrah is primarily interested in the mechanisms underlying the development and progression of autoimmunity in RA with a particular focus on the peptidyl arginine deiminase (PAD) enzymes.
Scleroderma patients with autoantibodies against centromere proteins and/or IFI16 have a higher risk of severe vascular complications. In this study, we show that expression of these autoantigens is enriched in vascular progenitors and mature endothelial cells.
Meet Dr. Grader-Beck, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins Rheumatology.
Laura is the nurse coordinator for the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center working as a liaison between patients and physicians at the center.
Meet Dr. Uzma Haque, Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center at Johns Hopkins Rheumatology.
Dr. Albayda is an Instructor in Medicine and Director of the Musculoskeletal Ulltrasound and Injection Clinic in the Division of Rheumatology.
A research team from the Johns Hopkins Division of Rheumatology found that a new imaging method called dual-energy computed tomography (DECT) is a promising strategy to identify affected joints in patients with gout.