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This study aimed to identify the indications for hospitalization, hospital mortality rate, predictors of hospital mortality, and clinical parameters affecting length of stay (LOS) among Thai systemic sclerosis (SSc). A retrospective study was performed in SSc patients admitted in Khon Kaen University, Thailand, between January 2008 and December 2010. The(More)
BACKGROUND Avascular necrosis (AVN) has been reported in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and most SLE patients suffer from this problem. OBJECTIVES To study the prevalence of AVN in Thai SLE patients and to determine the risk factors for developing AVN. METHODS A retrospective study was performed, between January 1, 1995 and August 31, 2005, on(More)
Exertional rhabdomyolysis is a life threatening condition resulting from lysis of muscle cells after vigorous exercise. It can cause many complications such as renal failure. It occurs most commonly in military personnel but also in civilians who have excessive excercise after work. Two cases of freshmen who had exertional rhabdomyolysis were reported to(More)
BACKGROUND Renal involvement in scleroderma is life-threatening. Early detection of a deterioration of the glomerular filtration rate (GFR) is needed to preserve kidney function. OBJECTIVES To (A) determine the correlation between (1) estimated GFR (eGFR) using 4 different formulae and (2) measured GFR (mGFR) using isotopic renal scan in Thai patients(More)
BACKGROUND Annual echocardiographic screening has been recommended for early detection of pulmonary hypertension (PHT) in systemic sclerosis (SSc) patient; however, the cost benefit for cases with no pulmonary symptoms is not well established. OBJECTIVES The objective of this study was to determine the incidence and clinical predictors of(More)
Tuberculosis, caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis is a common infection both in immunocompromised and normal hosts. Its clinical manifestation can by divided as pulmonary and extrapulmonary form. Pyomyositis caused by M. tuberculosis is extremely rare. The authors report 2 patients, one with underlying dermatomyositis, and the other with polymyositis. The(More)
OBJECTIVES Peripheral cytopenia is frequently found among patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Bone marrow examination is usually considered in most cases; however, the incidence and association between cytopenia and disorders of the bone marrow remain unclear. We therefore conducted a prospective, cross-sectional, analytical study among(More)
BACKGROUND Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a multi-system involvement autoimmune disease that commonly occurs in childbearing age women. During pregnancy and postpartum period, disease activity may be severe or unchanged. Disease flare during pregnancy consistently affects pregnancy outcome. OBJECTIVE To study pregnancy outcomes and predictive(More)
After the first dose injection of pegylated interferon alpha-2b (Peg-IFN alpha-2b) to a HCV infected Thai woman, she developed cyclic painful swelling nodules on right upper quadrant of abdomen and right anterior lower chest wall. The nodules subsided spontaneously within 1-2 days but were recurrent after every Peg-IFN alpha-2b injection. She also(More)
BACKGROUND Infection is a common cause of death in systemic sclerosis (SSc) but despite immunosuppressant therapy, there are few reports of opportunistic infection. OBJECTIVES To estimate the incidence of infection, to determine the etiologic organism, and to assess the risk factors for infection among Thai SSc patients. METHODS A historical cohort(More)