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Division of Rheumatology Research

Part of our mission at Drexel University College of Medicine Division of Rheumatology is to develop and support research programs leading to effective therapies and prevention of rheumatic and systemic autoimmune diseases.

Drexel Rheumatology is actively engaged in clinical research and quality improvement projects.

Papers

"Sonographic bulge test for small effusion and occult synovitis of the knee"
Checa A and Hussain H
J Clin Rheumatol. 20(2):109-11. doi:10.1097/RHU.0000000000000075. PMID:24561418 (March 2014)

"Painless engorgement of the calf in a patient with ankylosing spondylitis"
Checa A and Zarro VJ
Int J Rheum Dis. 17(2):210-1. doi:10.1111/1756-185X.12231. Epub 2013 Dec 16. PMID:24341970 (February 2014)

Rheumatology research initiatives at Drexel University College of Medicine.

"Potential pitfalls in the diagnosis of crystal-induced arthritis and in the sonographic measurement of hyaline cartilage due to the presence of joint effusion"
Russell E and Checa A
J Clin Rheumatol. PMID:23669805 [PubMed-indexed for MEDLINE]. 19(2):98-100. doi:10.1097/RHU.0b013e31828635c5. No abstract available. PMID:23364666 (March 2013)

"Communicating synovial pseudocyst in small joint of the hand assessed by ultrasound"
Checa A, Bell K and O'Connor CR
Arthritis Rheum. 65(2):435. doi:10.1002/art.37764. No abstract available. PMID:23124579 (February 2013)

"Persistent median artery in the wrist: From a medical curiosity to a common anatomic variant with therapeutic implications"
Checa AE
J of Clin Rheumatol. 19(4):223-224 (2013)

"Management of olecranon bursitis using elbow device in a taxi-driver with maladaptive posture while driving"
Checa AE DrexelMed Journal. 7(1):20-21 (2013)

Invited Chapters

"Osteoporosis"
Luk F and O'Connor CR
In: Korenstein D, Lynn R, eds. ACP Smart Medicine (Internet). Philadelphia: American College of Physicians. In production. (2014)

Presentations

Presented at national meetings with abstract presentations.

"Hypervitaminosis D and metabolic bone disease in patients with sarcoidosis in an urban clinic setting"
Prabhakaran S, Abraham M and Jayatilleke A
Poster presentation at North American Young Rheumatology Investigator Forum (April 2014)

"Sonographic assessment of hyaline cartilage thickness in the knee at different views distinct from the standard view with the knee fully flexed"
Checa A
Recipient of Travel Award (Selected poster). American College of Rheumatology Research Workshop, Dallas, Texas (June 21-23, 2013)

"Validity and reliability of the sonographic cartilage thickness: Measurement of the knee using different views distinct from the traditional view with the knee fully flexed"
Patel J, Checa A and Jayatilleke A
Poster presentation at Osteoarthritis Research Society International (April 2013)

"Quantitative echogenicity of small intra-articular deposits of calcium, hyaline cartilage thickness and sonographic aspects of the synovium in patients without radiographic chondrocalcinosis."
Checa A
OARSI Congress, Philadelphia, PA. Osteoarthritis Cartilage 21(Suppl):S110-11 (2013)

"Sonographic assessment of hyaline cartilage thickness in the knee at different views distinct from the standard view with the knee fully flexed"
Checa A
OARSI Congress, Philadelphia, PA. Osteoarthritis Cartilage 21(Suppl):S 195 (2013)

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