Alessandra Gabba

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OBJECTIVE To assess the prevalence and the distribution of tendon involvement in the hands and wrists of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) describing in detail the ultrasound (US) morphostructural and vascular tendon abnormalities. METHODS Ninety consecutive RA patients were included in the study. The following tendons were scanned bilaterally:(More)
OBJECTIVE To estimate the prevalence of, and identify factors associated with, hand and wrist US alterations in a large cohort of SLE patients. METHODS One hundred and eight consecutive SLE patients were recruited and classified according to arthropathy type and the musculoskeletal item of the British Isles Lupus Assessment Group (BILAG) 2004 score. US(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the safety and efficacy of rituximab in patients suffering from rhupus unresponsive to therapy with non-biological disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs). METHODS Six patients fulfilling criteria for both rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and with a DAS28 score >5.1 were enrolled to receive two(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to draw up a set of recommendations for the format and content of the musculoskeletal ultrasonography (MSUS) report in rheumatology. METHODS A panel of rheumatologists, members of the MSUS Study Group of the Italian Society of Rheumatology, met in order to identify the main discrepancies in the MSUS report. A set(More)
OBJECTIVES This study aimed to estimate the prevalence of US-detected tenosynovitis in RA patients in clinical remission and to explore its clinical correlates. METHODS A total of 427 RA patients in clinical remission were consecutively enrolled from 25 Italian rheumatology centres. Tenosynovitis and synovitis were scored by US grey scale (GS) and power(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the prognostic value of US in predicting musculoskeletal flares and Jaccoud׳s arthropathy (JA) in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). METHODS A total of 80 out of 94 patients (76 female; age 45.5 ± 13.2 years) with non-deforming non-erosive (NDNE) arthritis and 48/60 healthy controls (42 female; age 49.6 ± 11.6 years) completed(More)
BACKGROUND The aim was to determine the accuracy of high-resolution ultrasonography (US) for detecting erosion in the metacarpophalangeal (MCP) and wrist joints of patients with different subtypes of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) arthritis, using computed tomography (CT) as the gold-standard reference method. METHOD The ulnar head, radiocarpal and(More)
Background: Sickle cell disease (SCD) is common in Sierra Leone although its exact prevalence, incidence and clinical spectrum are unknown. Methods: Using a statistical package, StatsDirect (Altrincham, United Kingdom) we analyzed the demographic characteristics, presentations, acute events, treatments and clinical outcomes in a cohort of SCD patients(More)