Digital ulcers predict a worse disease course in patients with systemic sclerosis

Carina Mihai, R. Landewé, D. Van Der Heijde, Ulrich A. Walker, Paul I. Constantin, Ana Maria Gherghe, Ruxandra Maria Ionescu, Simona Rednic, Yannick Allanore, Jérôme Avouac, László Czirják, E. Hachulla, Gabriela Riemekasten, Franco Cozzi, Paolo Airo, Maurizio Cutolo, Ulf Mueller-Ladner, Marco Matucci-Cerinic, David Launay, Rucsandra DobrotaRoxana Sfrent-Cornateanu, Stefania Zingarelli, Erika Pigatto, Giovanna Cuomo, Paola Caramaschi, Lidia P. Ananieva, Susanne Ullman, Line Iversen, Alexandra Balbir Gurman, Yolanda Braun-Moscovici, Patricia Carreira, Beatriz Joven, Tünde Minier, Serena Guiducci, Silvia Bellando-Randone, Raffaele Pellerito, Nicolas Hunzelmann, Ingo H. Tarner, Sebastião Cezar Radominski, Carolina De Souza Müller, Florenzo Iannone, Jörg Henes, Dominique Farge Bancel, Nemanja Damjanov, Predrag Ostojic, Maria R. Pozzi, Roger Hesselstrand, Christopher Denton, Dorota Krasowska, Mohammed Tikly, Valeria Riccieri, F. Cantatore, Ada Corrado, José Antonio Pereira Da Silva, Maria João Salvador, Alan Tyndall, Armando Gabrielli, Oliver Distler, Suzan Jordan, Stefan Heitmann, Harald Burkhardt, Andrea Himsel, Blaz Rozman, Vanessa Smith, Filip De Keyser, Dusanka Martinovic Kalitena, Mislav Radic, Ileana Filipescu, Ana Petcu, Panayiotis G. Vlachoyiannopoulos, Eugene Kucharz, Malgorzata Widuchowska, Magdalena Kopec-Medrek, Anna Kotulska, Gabriella Szücs, Aleksandra Stankovic, Bojana Stamenkovic, Carlo Francesco Selmi, Maria De Santis, Bianca Marasini, Bernard Coleiro, Vera Ortiz Santamaria, Rene Westhovens, Radim Becvar, Srdan Novak, Merete Engelhart, Pier Luigi Meroni, Francesca Ingegnoli, Silvana Zeni, Alberto Sulli, Jörg H W Distler, Sule Kurhan Yavuz, Carlomaurizio Montecucco, Kilian Eyerich, Brigitte Krummel-Lorenz, Thierry Zenone, Øyvind Midtvedt, Carlo Chizzolini, Matthias Seidel, Mara Oleszowsky, Maria Üprus, Daniela Opris, Laura Groseanu, Otylia Kowal Bielecka, Zea Mendoza Antonio, Jacek Szechinski, Jadranka Morovic-Vergles, Raffaella Scorza, Francesco Puppo, A. Mathieu, Branimir Anic, J. Stork, Simon Stebbings, M. Inanc, Paul Hasler, Carlos A. Von Mühlen, Martin Aringer, Sergei Popa, Mengtao Li, Edoardo Rosato

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Objective: Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a systemic autoimmune disease with high morbidity and significant mortality. There is a great need of predictors that would allow risk stratification of patients with SSc and ultimately initiation of treatment early enough to ensure optimal clinical results. In this study, we evaluated whether a history of digital ulcers (HDU) at presentation may be a predictor of vascular outcomes and of overall clinical worsening and death in patients with SSc. Methods: Patients from the EULAR Scleroderma Trials and Research (EUSTAR) database, satisfying at inclusion the 1980 American College of Rheumatology classification criteria for SSc, who had a follow-up of at least 3 years since baseline or who have died, were included in the analysis. HDU at presentation as a predictor of disease worsening or death was evaluated by Cox proportional hazards regression analysis. Results :3196 patients matched the inclusion criteria (male sex 13.2%, 33.4% diffuse subset). At presentation, 1092/3196 patients had an HDU (34.1%). In multivariable analysis adjusting for age, gender and all parameters considered potentially significant, HDU was predictive for the presence of active digital ulcers (DUs) at prospective visits (HR (95% CI)): 2.41(1.91 to 3.03), p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)681-686
Number of pages6
JournalAnnals of the Rheumatic Diseases
Volume75
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2016

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Ulcer
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Autoimmune Diseases
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  • Rheumatology
  • Immunology
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
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Mihai, C., Landewé, R., Van Der Heijde, D., Walker, U. A., Constantin, P. I., Gherghe, A. M., ... Rosato, E. (2016). Digital ulcers predict a worse disease course in patients with systemic sclerosis. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, 75(4), 681-686. https://doi.org/10.1136/annrheumdis-2014-205897

Digital ulcers predict a worse disease course in patients with systemic sclerosis. / Mihai, Carina; Landewé, R.; Van Der Heijde, D.; Walker, Ulrich A.; Constantin, Paul I.; Gherghe, Ana Maria; Ionescu, Ruxandra Maria; Rednic, Simona; Allanore, Yannick; Avouac, Jérôme; Czirják, László; Hachulla, E.; Riemekasten, Gabriela; Cozzi, Franco; Airo, Paolo; Cutolo, Maurizio; Mueller-Ladner, Ulf; Matucci-Cerinic, Marco; Launay, David; Dobrota, Rucsandra; Sfrent-Cornateanu, Roxana; Zingarelli, Stefania; Pigatto, Erika; Cuomo, Giovanna; Caramaschi, Paola; Ananieva, Lidia P.; Ullman, Susanne; Iversen, Line; Gurman, Alexandra Balbir; Braun-Moscovici, Yolanda; Carreira, Patricia; Joven, Beatriz; Minier, Tünde; Guiducci, Serena; Bellando-Randone, Silvia; Pellerito, Raffaele; Hunzelmann, Nicolas; Tarner, Ingo H.; Radominski, Sebastião Cezar; De Souza Müller, Carolina; Iannone, Florenzo; Henes, Jörg; Bancel, Dominique Farge; Damjanov, Nemanja; Ostojic, Predrag; Pozzi, Maria R.; Hesselstrand, Roger; Denton, Christopher; Krasowska, Dorota; Tikly, Mohammed; Riccieri, Valeria; Cantatore, F.; Corrado, Ada; Da Silva, José Antonio Pereira; Salvador, Maria João; Tyndall, Alan; Gabrielli, Armando; Distler, Oliver; Jordan, Suzan; Heitmann, Stefan; Burkhardt, Harald; Himsel, Andrea; Rozman, Blaz; Smith, Vanessa; Keyser, Filip De; Kalitena, Dusanka Martinovic; Radic, Mislav; Filipescu, Ileana; Petcu, Ana; Vlachoyiannopoulos, Panayiotis G.; Kucharz, Eugene; Widuchowska, Malgorzata; Kopec-Medrek, Magdalena; Kotulska, Anna; Szücs, Gabriella; Stankovic, Aleksandra; Stamenkovic, Bojana; Selmi, Carlo Francesco; De Santis, Maria; Marasini, Bianca; Coleiro, Bernard; Santamaria, Vera Ortiz; Westhovens, Rene; Becvar, Radim; Novak, Srdan; Engelhart, Merete; Meroni, Pier Luigi; Ingegnoli, Francesca; Zeni, Silvana; Sulli, Alberto; Distler, Jörg H W; Yavuz, Sule Kurhan; Montecucco, Carlomaurizio; Eyerich, Kilian; Krummel-Lorenz, Brigitte; Zenone, Thierry; Midtvedt, Øyvind; Chizzolini, Carlo; Seidel, Matthias; Oleszowsky, Mara; Üprus, Maria; Opris, Daniela; Groseanu, Laura; Bielecka, Otylia Kowal; Antonio, Zea Mendoza; Szechinski, Jacek; Morovic-Vergles, Jadranka; Scorza, Raffaella; Puppo, Francesco; Mathieu, A.; Anic, Branimir; Stork, J.; Stebbings, Simon; Inanc, M.; Hasler, Paul; Von Mühlen, Carlos A.; Aringer, Martin; Popa, Sergei; Li, Mengtao; Rosato, Edoardo.

In: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, Vol. 75, No. 4, 01.04.2016, p. 681-686.

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Mihai, C, Landewé, R, Van Der Heijde, D, Walker, UA, Constantin, PI, Gherghe, AM, Ionescu, RM, Rednic, S, Allanore, Y, Avouac, J, Czirják, L, Hachulla, E, Riemekasten, G, Cozzi, F, Airo, P, Cutolo, M, Mueller-Ladner, U, Matucci-Cerinic, M, Launay, D, Dobrota, R, Sfrent-Cornateanu, R, Zingarelli, S, Pigatto, E, Cuomo, G, Caramaschi, P, Ananieva, LP, Ullman, S, Iversen, L, Gurman, AB, Braun-Moscovici, Y, Carreira, P, Joven, B, Minier, T, Guiducci, S, Bellando-Randone, S, Pellerito, R, Hunzelmann, N, Tarner, IH, Radominski, SC, De Souza Müller, C, Iannone, F, Henes, J, Bancel, DF, Damjanov, N, Ostojic, P, Pozzi, MR, Hesselstrand, R, Denton, C, Krasowska, D, Tikly, M, Riccieri, V, Cantatore, F, Corrado, A, Da Silva, JAP, Salvador, MJ, Tyndall, A, Gabrielli, A, Distler, O, Jordan, S, Heitmann, S, Burkhardt, H, Himsel, A, Rozman, B, Smith, V, Keyser, FD, Kalitena, DM, Radic, M, Filipescu, I, Petcu, A, Vlachoyiannopoulos, PG, Kucharz, E, Widuchowska, M, Kopec-Medrek, M, Kotulska, A, Szücs, G, Stankovic, A, Stamenkovic, B, Selmi, CF, De Santis, M, Marasini, B, Coleiro, B, Santamaria, VO, Westhovens, R, Becvar, R, Novak, S, Engelhart, M, Meroni, PL, Ingegnoli, F, Zeni, S, Sulli, A, Distler, JHW, Yavuz, SK, Montecucco, C, Eyerich, K, Krummel-Lorenz, B, Zenone, T, Midtvedt, Ø, Chizzolini, C, Seidel, M, Oleszowsky, M, Üprus, M, Opris, D, Groseanu, L, Bielecka, OK, Antonio, ZM, Szechinski, J, Morovic-Vergles, J, Scorza, R, Puppo, F, Mathieu, A, Anic, B, Stork, J, Stebbings, S, Inanc, M, Hasler, P, Von Mühlen, CA, Aringer, M, Popa, S, Li, M & Rosato, E 2016, 'Digital ulcers predict a worse disease course in patients with systemic sclerosis', Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, vol. 75, no. 4, pp. 681-686. https://doi.org/10.1136/annrheumdis-2014-205897
Mihai C, Landewé R, Van Der Heijde D, Walker UA, Constantin PI, Gherghe AM et al. Digital ulcers predict a worse disease course in patients with systemic sclerosis. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. 2016 Apr 1;75(4):681-686. https://doi.org/10.1136/annrheumdis-2014-205897
Mihai, Carina ; Landewé, R. ; Van Der Heijde, D. ; Walker, Ulrich A. ; Constantin, Paul I. ; Gherghe, Ana Maria ; Ionescu, Ruxandra Maria ; Rednic, Simona ; Allanore, Yannick ; Avouac, Jérôme ; Czirják, László ; Hachulla, E. ; Riemekasten, Gabriela ; Cozzi, Franco ; Airo, Paolo ; Cutolo, Maurizio ; Mueller-Ladner, Ulf ; Matucci-Cerinic, Marco ; Launay, David ; Dobrota, Rucsandra ; Sfrent-Cornateanu, Roxana ; Zingarelli, Stefania ; Pigatto, Erika ; Cuomo, Giovanna ; Caramaschi, Paola ; Ananieva, Lidia P. ; Ullman, Susanne ; Iversen, Line ; Gurman, Alexandra Balbir ; Braun-Moscovici, Yolanda ; Carreira, Patricia ; Joven, Beatriz ; Minier, Tünde ; Guiducci, Serena ; Bellando-Randone, Silvia ; Pellerito, Raffaele ; Hunzelmann, Nicolas ; Tarner, Ingo H. ; Radominski, Sebastião Cezar ; De Souza Müller, Carolina ; Iannone, Florenzo ; Henes, Jörg ; Bancel, Dominique Farge ; Damjanov, Nemanja ; Ostojic, Predrag ; Pozzi, Maria R. ; Hesselstrand, Roger ; Denton, Christopher ; Krasowska, Dorota ; Tikly, Mohammed ; Riccieri, Valeria ; Cantatore, F. ; Corrado, Ada ; Da Silva, José Antonio Pereira ; Salvador, Maria João ; Tyndall, Alan ; Gabrielli, Armando ; Distler, Oliver ; Jordan, Suzan ; Heitmann, Stefan ; Burkhardt, Harald ; Himsel, Andrea ; Rozman, Blaz ; Smith, Vanessa ; Keyser, Filip De ; Kalitena, Dusanka Martinovic ; Radic, Mislav ; Filipescu, Ileana ; Petcu, Ana ; Vlachoyiannopoulos, Panayiotis G. ; Kucharz, Eugene ; Widuchowska, Malgorzata ; Kopec-Medrek, Magdalena ; Kotulska, Anna ; Szücs, Gabriella ; Stankovic, Aleksandra ; Stamenkovic, Bojana ; Selmi, Carlo Francesco ; De Santis, Maria ; Marasini, Bianca ; Coleiro, Bernard ; Santamaria, Vera Ortiz ; Westhovens, Rene ; Becvar, Radim ; Novak, Srdan ; Engelhart, Merete ; Meroni, Pier Luigi ; Ingegnoli, Francesca ; Zeni, Silvana ; Sulli, Alberto ; Distler, Jörg H W ; Yavuz, Sule Kurhan ; Montecucco, Carlomaurizio ; Eyerich, Kilian ; Krummel-Lorenz, Brigitte ; Zenone, Thierry ; Midtvedt, Øyvind ; Chizzolini, Carlo ; Seidel, Matthias ; Oleszowsky, Mara ; Üprus, Maria ; Opris, Daniela ; Groseanu, Laura ; Bielecka, Otylia Kowal ; Antonio, Zea Mendoza ; Szechinski, Jacek ; Morovic-Vergles, Jadranka ; Scorza, Raffaella ; Puppo, Francesco ; Mathieu, A. ; Anic, Branimir ; Stork, J. ; Stebbings, Simon ; Inanc, M. ; Hasler, Paul ; Von Mühlen, Carlos A. ; Aringer, Martin ; Popa, Sergei ; Li, Mengtao ; Rosato, Edoardo. / Digital ulcers predict a worse disease course in patients with systemic sclerosis. In: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. 2016 ; Vol. 75, No. 4. pp. 681-686.
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AU - Pigatto, Erika

AU - Cuomo, Giovanna

AU - Caramaschi, Paola

AU - Ananieva, Lidia P.

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AU - Minier, Tünde

AU - Guiducci, Serena

AU - Bellando-Randone, Silvia

AU - Pellerito, Raffaele

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AU - Denton, Christopher

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AU - Tikly, Mohammed

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AU - Cantatore, F.

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AU - Vlachoyiannopoulos, Panayiotis G.

AU - Kucharz, Eugene

AU - Widuchowska, Malgorzata

AU - Kopec-Medrek, Magdalena

AU - Kotulska, Anna

AU - Szücs, Gabriella

AU - Stankovic, Aleksandra

AU - Stamenkovic, Bojana

AU - Selmi, Carlo Francesco

AU - De Santis, Maria

AU - Marasini, Bianca

AU - Coleiro, Bernard

AU - Santamaria, Vera Ortiz

AU - Westhovens, Rene

AU - Becvar, Radim

AU - Novak, Srdan

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AU - Ingegnoli, Francesca

AU - Zeni, Silvana

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AU - Eyerich, Kilian

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AU - Midtvedt, Øyvind

AU - Chizzolini, Carlo

AU - Seidel, Matthias

AU - Oleszowsky, Mara

AU - Üprus, Maria

AU - Opris, Daniela

AU - Groseanu, Laura

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AU - Antonio, Zea Mendoza

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