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European Journal of Rheumatology

Juliana Brandão Pinto Carneiro, Taíssa Pinto de Souza, Mauro Martins Lippi, Felipe Augusto Silva Gama, Helena Lúcia Alves Pereira, Sandra Lúcia Euzébio Ribeiro
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March 2018: European Journal of Rheumatology
Pandiarajan Vignesh, Surjit Singh
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March 2018: European Journal of Rheumatology
Dèlia Reina, Hèctor Corominas
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March 2018: European Journal of Rheumatology
Emrah Şeyhoğlu, Abdülsamet Erden, Levent Kılıç, Ömer Karadağ, Sevtap Arıkan Akdağlı, Ali Akdoğan, Umut Kalyoncu
The use of anti-tumor necrosis factor alpha (anti-TNF-α) agents has increased during the past decade in rheumatology practice. Opportunistic infections have been reported with anti-TNF-α agents in clinical trials and post-marketing usage. Aspergillus infection is a rare opportunistic infection that is associated with immunosuppression, and there are reported cases of pulmonary aspergillosis in various rheumatic diseases treated with anti-TNF-α agents. Here, we present the first case of pulmonary aspergillosis associated with infliximab treatment in a patient with Still's disease...
March 2018: European Journal of Rheumatology
Toumader Bouziane, Nadia Belmahi, Hanan El Ouahabi
Primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT) is a common endocrine disorder caused by the overactivation of the parathyroid glands due to the autonomous production of the parathyroid hormone (PTH). The resultant hypercalcemia leads to a myriad of symptoms. Here we report the case of a 54-year-old female with a previous diagnosis of Gougerot disease, in whom clinical (diffuse bone pain, asthenia polydipsia, and polyuria) and laboratory features (calcium level, 3.1 mmol/L; phosphate level, 0.55 mmol/L; alkaline phosphatase level, 70 U/L; and intact PTH level, 1028...
March 2018: European Journal of Rheumatology
Yunus Ugan, Atalay Doğru, Giray Aynalı, Mehmet Şahin, Şevket Ercan Tunç
Granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) is a systemic necrotizing granulomatous disease that involves small- and medium-sized arteries and affects the main respiratory tracts and kidneys. Upper respiratory tract involvement usually occurs in 90% of patients, who most frequently present with symptoms of chronic sinusitis. Subglottic stenosis (SS) is a rare and severe complication that is usually observed in approximately 15% of patients. Here we present a case of SS in a patient with limited form of GPA during remission...
March 2018: European Journal of Rheumatology
Zahava Vadasz, Elias Toubi
The significance of semaphorin3A (sema3A) in regulating immune-mediated inflammation is widely reported. There are multiple mechanisms involved in the process of sema3A-mediated regulation. One of them is the ability of sema3A to maintain a sufficient regulation of both T-cell and B-cell activation. Because it is involved in the pathogenesis of many autoimmune, infectious, and malignant diseases, sema3A turns to be a promising therapeutic tool to be studied and applied in these diseases.
March 2018: European Journal of Rheumatology
Akanksha Joshi, Chokkalingam Siva
Calcium pyrophosphate deposition (CPPD) disease, also known as pseudogout, is one of the most common forms of inflammatory arthritis. A variety of comorbidities and metabolic conditions have been recognized to predispose to CPPD. We describe here a patient with chronic CPP arthritis due to hypomagnesemia, which is one of the metabolic etiologies associated with CPPD, especially in younger patients. We also performed a literature search and reviewed all reported cases of CPPD disease associated with hypomagnesemia...
March 2018: European Journal of Rheumatology
Tatiana V Macfarlane, Hadeel M Abbood, Ejaz Pathan, Katy Gordon, Juliane Hinz, Gary J Macfarlane
The question of whether diet plays a role in the onset of ankylosing spondylitis (AS) or can affect the course of the disease is an important one for many patients and healthcare providers. The aims of this study were to investigate whether: 1) patients with AS report different diets to those without AS; 2) amongst patients with AS, diet is related to severity; 3) persons with particular diets are less likely to develop AS; 4) specific dietary interventions improve the AS symptoms. The review was conducted according to the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guidelines...
March 2018: European Journal of Rheumatology
Lale Altan, Reyhan Çeliker, İlker Ercan, Murat Birtane, Kenan Akgün, Coşkun Zateri, Nurettin Taştekin, Aylin Rezvani, İlknur Aktaş, Şenay Özdolap, Erbil Dursun, Nigar Dursun, Selda Sarıkaya
Objective: The objective of this study was to test the reliability and validity of the Turkish version of the Fibromyalgia Participation Questionnaire (FPQ). Methods: One hundred and eighty-four female patients with fibromyalgia syndrome were included in the study. All patients filled out the Turkish FPQ (FPQ-T) questionnaire, which was obtained by translation from German according to the guideline for the process of cross-cultural adaptation The patients filled out the revised Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQ) and reevaluated the FPQ-T two hours later...
March 2018: European Journal of Rheumatology
Filiz Eser, Saniye Nebioğlu, Aygün Aliyeva, Ayşegül Kılıçarslan, Cemal Reşat Atalay, Gizem Özcanlı, Şükran Erten, Funda Uysal
Objectives: To investigate the prevalence of neuropathic pain in pregnant women and to state its influence on the functional status and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in terms of physical, social, and emotional functioning. Methods: A total of 90 pregnant women with lumbopelvic pain (LPP) and non-pregnant and healthy controls were included. The presence of neuropathic pain was determined using the Leeds assessment of neuropathic symptoms and signs (LANNS) questionnaire...
March 2018: European Journal of Rheumatology
Aynur Soyuöz, Ömer Karadağ, Tülay Karaağaç, Levent Kılıç, Şule Apraş Bilgen, Osman İlhami Özcebe
Objective: Therapeutic plasma exchange (TPE) offers an alternative therapeutic modality for patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and primary antiphospholipid syndrome (APS). However, there is conflicting evidence regarding its efficacy in different sub-phenotypes. This study aimed to investigate the main clinical characteristics and outcomes of patients with different phenotypes of SLE and APS treated with TPE at a tertiary care center. Methods: The database of the Blood and Apheresis Unit between 2001 and 2013 was screened for patients with SLE and primary APS...
March 2018: European Journal of Rheumatology
Gül Dursun, Ayşe Feyda Nursal, Helin Deniz Demir, Nevin Karakuş, Osman Demir, Serbülent Yiğit
Objective: Behçet's disease (BD), a chronic multisystem inflammatory disorder, is mainly characterized by relapsing periods of a wide range of clinical symptoms. Several cytokine genes may play important roles in the pathogenesis of BD. Therefore, interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1Ra) gene 86bp variable number tandem repeat (VNTR) variant was investigated in patients with BD in a Turkish population. Methods: One hundred nine patients (60 females, 49 males; the mean age±standard deviation [SD] was 36...
March 2018: European Journal of Rheumatology
Yusuke Miwa, Hidekazu Furuya, Ryo Yanai, Tsuyoshi Kasama, Kenji Sanada
Objective: The objective of this study was to investigate the factors associated with depression, including serum oxytocin (OXT) levels, disease activity, activities of daily living (ADL), and quality of life (QOL), and their effects on rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Methods: This study included 42 RA patients who received treatment with a biological agent. We measured the following variables before and after 6 months of treatment: baseline characteristics, including age, sex, disease duration, smoking, and body mass index (BMI); prednisolone and methotrexate dose; serum level of matrix metalloproteinase-3 (MMP-3); erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR); and C-reactive protein (CRP) level...
March 2018: European Journal of Rheumatology
Selen Yurdakul, Fatma Alibaz-Öner, Haner Direskeneli, Saide Aytekin
Objective: Takayasu's arteritis (TAK) is a chronic inflammatory vasculitis of the aorta and its major branches. In the present study, we aimed to evaluate the motion of the vascular wall and myocardial contractility by using a novel strain imaging method, velocity vector imaging (VVI), in patients with TAK. We also aimed to compare them with another inflammatory autoimmune disorder, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Methods: We studied 33 patients with TAK, 18 patients with SLE, and 20 age- and sex-matched controls...
March 2018: European Journal of Rheumatology
Homa Timlin, Jason E Liebowitz, Khusleen Jaggi, Duvuru Geetha
Objective: Hydralazine has been implicated as an etiologic agent for lupus-like syndrome and vasculitis. Hydralazine-induced vasculitis frequently affects the kidney, but the long-term renal outcomes in these patients have not yet been studied. Methods: Patients who had a diagnosis of ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV) and were on hydralazine at the time of AAV diagnosis were included in this retrospective cohort study. Clinical and laboratory data were obtained from the review of medical records...
March 2018: European Journal of Rheumatology
Fatma Zehra Kadayıfçı, Makbule Gezmen Karadağ
Objective: Endocan is a marker for vascular pathogenesis and important mediator of angiogenesis that strongly associates with inflammation and vascular diseases. Growing evidence suggest that inflammatory cytokine tumor necrosis factor (TNF-alpha) plays a role in its regulation and secretion, whereas TNF-alpha inhibitors may have the opposite influence. The aim of this research is to investigate the association between serum endocan and anti-TNF-alpha drug treatment in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS)...
March 2018: European Journal of Rheumatology
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[This corrects the article on p. 40 in vol. 4, PMID: 28293452.].
December 2017: European Journal of Rheumatology
Nurşen Düzgün
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December 2017: European Journal of Rheumatology
Yu Heng Kwan, Chi Jun Chua, Jing Xun Lester Kian, Warren Fong
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December 2017: European Journal of Rheumatology
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