A Kirstin Bacani

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OBJECTIVE To report a single-center experience with the use of tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors in patients with Takayasu arteritis (TA). METHODS We retrospectively studied a cohort of patients with refractory TA evaluated at our institution and treated with TNF inhibitors. American College of Rheumatology criteria for TA were used for inclusion.(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe the clinical features, treatment, and outcomes in a longitudinal cohort of patients with Takayasu arteritis (TAK). PATIENTS AND METHODS We retrospectively studied patients with newly diagnosed TAK evaluated from January 1, 1984, through December 31, 2009. RESULTS The cohort included 126 patients who were predominantly white(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the incidence of noncardiac vascular disease in a community-based incidence cohort of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and compare it to that in the general population and to investigate trends in the incidence of noncardiac vascular disease in patients with RA. METHODS A population-based inception cohort of patients with(More)
Gout has been recognized for centuries but is also a modern day scourge. It is the most common type of inflammatory arthritis in men and appears to be increasing in both incidence and prevalence (Arromdee et al. in J Rheumatol 29(11):2403–2406, 2002). Despite these facts, few advances have been made in the diagnosis and treatment of gout for over 50 years.(More)
Prosthetic valve endocarditis is an uncommon manifestation of infection with Bartonella species. Herein, we report a case of Bartonella henselae endocarditis involving prosthetic mitral and aortic valves. The patient had a favorable outcome with combined medical and surgical therapy. Concomitant crescentic glomerulonephritis led to an initial mistaken(More)
A Visual Basic program for an Excel spreadsheet was written to construct a master recession curve (MRC), using the adapted matching strip method, for recession analysis of ground water level time series. The program uses five different linear/nonlinear regression models to adjust individual recession segments to their proper positions in the MRC. The(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the incidence of atrial fibrillation (AF) among patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) compared to the general population. METHODS A population-based inception cohort of Olmsted County, Minnesota, residents with incident RA in 1980-2007 and a cohort of non-RA subjects from the same population base were assembled and followed(More)
A Visual Basic macro entitled BACKGROUND calculates geochemical background values of chemical parameters and estimates threshold values separating background data from anomalies. The macro uses two statistical methods, the iterative 2-sigma technique and the calculated distribution function, and integrates these model-based objective methods into a widely(More)
The Mala Mlaka well field is the largest near Zagreb and is very important for the city’s water supply. The field is located on the right Sava River bank, in the immediate vicinity of the New Zagreb urban complex. The vicinity of the neighbouring industry, agricultural land, illegal gravel pits and dumpsites that developed in abandoned gravel pits threaten(More)
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