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R Kasch, S Merk, R Kayser, A Lahm, W Drescher, A P Schulz, T Wilke, S Flessa
BACKGROUND: The G-DRG system reimburses sledge endoprosthetic implantations (UKA) at a much lower rate than surface replacements (TKA), at significantly different cost weights (CW). Therefore, when only G-DRG payments are considered, the complete endoprosthesis implantation produces higher gains. An orientation on these revenues alone, however, does not provide the basis for an economically sound decision-making process. The aim of this study is to present a comparison of the variable costs of the two procedures...
December 2011: Zeitschrift Für Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie
Bernhard Zagler, Angelika Kaneppele, Peter Pattis, Ingrid Stockner, Günther Sitzmann, Josef Widmann, Heinrich Pernthaler, Christian J Wiedermann
INTRODUCTION: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and corticosteroids are both used in the treatment acute gouty arthritis and may adversely interact with colchicine. Gastrointestinal toxicity of colchicine is dose-dependent and can be aggravated by drug-drug and drug-patient interactions. CASE PRESENTATION: Colonic perforation associated with second-line administration of colchicine for acute gouty arthrtitis was identified in an elderly man with several comorbidities who was also treated with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and corticostroids...
2009: Cases Journal
Alessandro Antonelli, Andrea Delle Sedie, Poupak Fallahi, Silvia Martina Ferrari, Marco Maccheroni, Ele Ferrannini, Stefano Bombardieri, Lucrezia Riente
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the prevalence of thyroid disorders in a group of patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA). METHODS: A complete thyroid investigation was carried out in 80 patients with PsA, in gender- and age-matched subjects (1:5) drawn from the general population (controls), and in 112 patients with rheumatoid arthrtitis (RA) with similar iodine intake. RESULTS: Anti-thyroid peroxidase antibodies (AbTPO), a hypoechoic thyroid, and subclinical hypothyroidism were significantly more frequent in women with PsA than in control women, and their frequency was similar to that in patients with RA (positive AbTPO titer 28%, 12%, and 31%; hypoechoic thyroid 31%, 16%, and 36%; subclinical hypothyroidism 25%, 8%, and 12%, respectively)...
October 2006: Journal of Rheumatology
C P J Maury, S Tiitinen, K Laiho, K Kaarela, M Liljeström
OBJECTIVE: To study the circulating levels of interleukin-18 (IL-18), a proinflammtory cytokine implicated in the T helper I response, in patients with rheumatoid arthrtitis (RA) with or without amyloidosis. METHODS: Plasma IL-18 levels were studied by enzyme-linked immusorbent assay in 55 RA patients with reactive amyloidosis and in 55 RA patients without amyloidosis matched with respect to age, sex, seropositivity, disease duration and inflammatory activity, as well as in 55 healthy control subjects...
June 2002: Amyloid: the International Journal of Experimental and Clinical Investigation
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