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OBJECTIVE Although systemic lupus erythematosus of varying severity has been seen in our clinics, there is no information regarding the prevalence of the disease among Saudi nationals. We conducted this study to determine the prevalence of systemic lupus erythematosus in Al-Qaseem region of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. METHODS A community survey of towns(More)
The objective of the study was to identify the causes, outcome and prognosis of severe illness in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) requiring intensive care unit (ICU) care in a University Hospital over a five-year period. The design was a cohort study. Forty-eight SLE patients requiring ICU management over a five-year period (January(More)
We studied the radiographic evidence of osteoarthritis (OA) of the hands in 300 patients (167 male, 133 female) attending 14 primary care facilities for a variety of medical conditions. Radiographic OA was seen in 30.3% of males and 36.3% of females. Most commonly affected were the metacarpophalangeal joints, followed by the distal interphalangeal and(More)
In this cross-sectional study we looked at the radiographic evidence of osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee in 300 randomly chosen patients attending 14 primary care facilities for different medical conditions. Radiographic OA was seen in 89 out of 167 males (53.3%) and in 81 out of 133 females (60.9%). The patella was involved with radiographic osteoarthritic(More)
OBJECTIVE To find out the effect of combining allopurinol with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs on carrageenan-induced rat paw edema. METHODS The study was carried out at the College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, over the period 1999 to 2000. Male wistar rats were randomly divided into 12-16 rats in each group.(More)
The objective of this prospective study was to determine the prevalence of hyperuricemia and gout in a sample of Saudi individuals and their relationship to certain risk factors, namely, obesity, serum glucose, triglycerides, cholesterol, age, and sex. A total of 487 Saudis (250 males and 237 females) from 14 primary care clinics were interviewed, examined,(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence of clinical osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee in Al-Qaseem, a central province in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). METHODS A house to house survey of randomly selected inhabitants of Al-Qaseem, KSA was conducted. A total of 10,406 persons were interviewed of whom 5,894 were above the age of 16(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of the study was to characterize the pattern of radiographic changes in the hands and feet of rheumatoid arthritis in Saudi patients. METHODS The radiographs of hands and feet of rheumatoid arthritis patients attending rheumatology outpatient clinics of King Khalid University Hospital in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, over the period(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the association between obesity and radiographic osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee and generalized OA. METHODS A cross-sectional survey of patients attending 14 primary clinics for a variety of medical complaints was conducted. They were consented, interviewed, examined and radiographed for the presence of knee and generalized OA. The(More)