Aidan Clarke

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Eighty-three patients with primary biliary cirrhosis were investigated to determine the prevalence of rheumatic disorders. 14 had scleroderma, which tended to be mild but in several patients produced severe systemic manifestations. The CRST syndrome (calcinosis, Raynaud's phenomenon, sclerodactyly, telangiectasia) was only identified twice. There was an(More)
The evidence for effectiveness of different approaches is often diluted by the inclusion of heterogeneous groups and, in this case, lack of agreement over what constitutes 'acute' and 'chronic' back pain is a clear confounding factor. Although there are undoubtedly common issues in the approach to these problems, there are also clear differences. Closer(More)
Methyl prednisolone acetate and hydrocortisone acetate were compared in a trial using the Hypospray to treat tennis elbow. There was little difference between the two preparations as far as side-effects and short-term suppression of symptoms were concerned, both being successful. However, late recurrence was very common in both groups, suggesting that a(More)
To determine whether anthropometric techniques widely used for assessment of ankylosing spondylitis (AS) would be useful outcome measures in long-term clinical trials, 52 AS patients at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases were studied. All patients had well documented AS with a mean age of 38.1 years, and had been diagnosed for an average of(More)
The fluid and cellular phases of inflammatory resonse have been measured using a technique employing subcutaneous implantation of polyurethane foam cubes impregnated with heat-killed Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Phenylbutazone, azathioprine, aspirin, cyclophosphamide, and prednisolone suppressed fluid response, whereas sodium aurothiomalate,(More)
Four women with chondrocalcinosis are described. Each developed acute attacks of synovitis during pregnancy (confirmed pseudogout, two; presumptive pseudogout, two). All patients had recognized predisposing factors (metabolic, familial, traumatic) for premature calcium pyrophosphate deposition, and in three this was their first episode of synovitis. This(More)
Clinical trials of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are necessary in juvenile chronic arthritis (JCA) but pose certain problems highlighted and discussed in this study, including recruitment, the assessment of efficacy, and the heterogeneity of the disease. In a multicentre 8-week double-blind cross-over study using the double-dummy technique,(More)