Tasman Medical Journal

ISSN: 2652-1881

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A new open-access general medical journal for Australia and New Zealand

A new open-access general medical journal for Australia and New Zealand

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The role of ultrasound in scleroderma skin disease

The authors have measured skin thickness in patients with scleroderma and compared the results with the current standard clinical measure, the modified Rodnan Skin Score (mRSS). Though US had satisfactory reliability and reproducibility, and detected changes in skin thickness over time, it did not correlate well with the mRSS, for reasons that remain uncertain.

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Assessing the accuracy of discharge coding for gout, using the International Classification of Disease, at two tertiary teaching hospitals in Perth

Clinical and epidemiological research is often conducted using data from hospital discharge coding. The authors have studied the accuracy of a discharge coding diagnosis of gout, compared to clinical diagnoses based on ACR/EULAR 2015 gout classification criteria and case note review. The coding diagnosis was not supported by the former in over half the cases, or by the latter in almost one third.

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Re-introduction of biological DMARDs for rheumatoid arthritis during active antibiotic therapy for prosthetic joint infections

The safety of treating active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) with bDMARDS in patients with joint or other infections is uncertain. The authors report and discuss three patients with RA who developed joint infection after orthopaedic surgery and who received biological DMARDS as well as antibiotics. The cases shed light on the safety of this approach to management.

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