Alejandra Lopez-Mendez

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To determine if methotrexate (MTX) contributes to early postoperative complications, we studied 38 patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who underwent elective orthopedic surgery. There were 4 complications of prosthetic joint infection or wound dehiscence or infection among 19 procedures performed on patients who continued MTX until less than 4 weeks(More)
Methotrexate (MTX) has proven to be efficacious in the treatment of rheumatoid (RA), but it remains to be proven whether it can slow disease progression, as determined radiographically, in comparison with other disease modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARD). We performed a meta-analysis of the available data to answer this question. A literature search,(More)
Vasculitic neuropathy classically manifests as a subacute mononeuritis multiplex or polyneuropathy. Patients with a Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS)-like presentation are usually not considered to have an underlying vasculitis. We describe 2 patients with rapidly progressive areflexic paralysis that was initially diagnosed as GBS, in whom vasculitic neuropathy(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the radiographic progression of disease in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients from the Cooperative Systematic Studies of the Rheumatic Diseases clinical trial of auranofin (AUR) versus methotrexate (MTX) versus a combination of the two. METHODS Baseline (week-0) and study-end (week-48) hand/wrist radiographs in 200 of the 211(More)
Exhaustion of superficial veins coupled with the presence of intrathoracic central venous occlusions remains a significant obstacle for hemodialysis access creation; complex arteriovenous graft (AVG) configurations have been described. The axillary-iliac AVG was first reported in 1987, and few authors have explored this access. We evaluated our experience(More)
Immunogenetic differences between American blacks and Caucasians have been described but a comparison of clinical and radiologic features between both groups has been lacking. Eighty-four American black and 166 Caucasian patients were randomly selected from our computer database and relevant clinical and demographic information obtained from records and(More)
We describe 3 patients with rheumatoid arthritis who presented with diffuse pain, swelling, and erythema of the distal aspect of the lower extremity, suggestive of either cellulitis or thrombophlebitis, but were found to have insufficiency fractures of the distal tibia. The value of technetium-99m diphosphonate bone scintigraphy in the early recognition of(More)
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