EULAR Course on Capillaroscopy and Rheumatic Diseases

The aim of this intensive and interactive EULAR CAP course is to provide all participants with an update on the power of the safe and non-invasive nailfold videocapillaroscopy (NVC) technique in the field of rheumatic diseases, in particular for the early diagnosis of the scleroderma spectrum diseases, its predictability and prognostic value, as well as its role as a tool for the therapeutic follow up.

ACR/EULAR stated in the 2013 guidelines for classification criteria of systemic sclerosis (SSc): "Capillaroscopy is now widely used, and considering the value of magnified nailfold visualization in the diagnosis and management of SSc, these new criteria may encourage acquisition of this skill by physicians caring for SSc patients". However, microvascular emerging CAP patterns observed in other connective tissue diseases will be described and discussed, such as in psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis and dermatomyositis.

Therefore, the course is structured for a progressive learning, training and testing. The EULAR course on NVC, after 12 years of experience (first on 2004), has been successfully tested for both beginners and already trained operators in microcirculation investigations, by over 740 total participants from almost 52 different countries. In the last 4 years, more than 260 publications on CAP are available on PubMed where a total of 1060 papers are reported from 1947.

Participants will be fully involved in interactive theoretical and practical capillaroscopic sessions (Learning and Testing sessions) engaging a large number of rheumatic patients. Updated clinical sessions concerning the diagnostic/prognostic value of NVC in diseases such as systemic sclerosis and the effects of targeted therapies on microcirculation and immune-inflammatory reaction will represent a stimulating gym based on large clinical cases discussion. Links between the CAP patterns and biomarkers such as autoantibodies will also be updated since evoluted.

In particular, reading and scoring (manual and automated systems) of the videocapillaroscopic images of living patients will be discussed and their predictive value to identify possible clinical complications (i.e. digital ulcers in systemic sclerosis, lung involvement etc.) will be analyzed including in the pediatric population.

Recent international studies reported (CAP study) about new predictive models or index based on capillaroscopic analysis. New sessions on practical evaluation of the peripheral blood flow by laser doppler and LASCA imaging have been introduced. Lessons and practical session on skin ultrasound (US) evaluation will be also available and will be combined with the severity of the videocapillaroscopic images (patterns) in living patients.

Important links between CAP, Laser blood flow analysis and clinical results of therapies, will be presented and discussed for the follow up of patients.

At the end of this top course that is supported by a tutorial team formed by some of the best worlds experts on the matter, the participants will be able to use the capillaroscopy for their day-to-day staging and follow-up in particular of patients affected by scleroderma spectrum diseases.

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8th EULAR Course on Capillaroscopy 

13-15 September 2018,
Genova, Italy


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EULAR Course Bursaries

EULAR grants 15 bursaries at 500 EUR each to young rheumatologists.
Applications for bursaries should include:

  • Curriculum vitae with date of birth
  • List of publications

Please note that you have to be duly registered for the course in order to apply for a bursary.

Application process opens 13 April 2018 and closes 13 July 2018

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