Ali Akdoğan

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The objective of this study was to assess the effect of infliximab on depression, anxiety and quality of life in patients with active ankylosing spondylitis (AS). In this 6-week longitudinal study, 16 patients with AS were assessed. Active disease as defined by BASDAI ≥4.0 was sought for inclusion. Infliximab was administered 5 mg/kg at 0, 2 weeks and 6(More)
AIMS The aim of this retrospective study was to investigate the correlation between MPV and the clinical disease activity indices of rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis. METHODS The study consisted of 32 active RA patients (males/females: 7/25, mean age: 49+/-13) and 30 active AS patients (males/females: 15/15, mean age: 36+/-12) along with 26(More)
OBJECTIVE Presence of extra-articular manifestations (EAM) in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is associated with more severe disease and increased mortality. Prevalence of EAM may vary in different geographic areas and in different ethnic populations. In this study we investigated the frequency of EAM in 526 RA patients from a single university hospital in(More)
Sleep disturbances and problems are increased in ankylosing spondylitis (AS). But much is not known in a quantitative way about sleep problems and effect of treatments on AS. This study is aimed first, to investigate sleep disturbances in AS and secondly, to evaluate the effects of anti-TNF treatment on SD in AS. One hundred seventy-one (Female/male: 90/81)(More)
OBJECTIVE Enthesitis is considered as the primary anatomical lesion in ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Therapeutic effects of TNF-alpha antagonist treatments for enthesitis on imaging changes are still limited to case reports or small sample-sized trials. We aimed to investigate the potential of ultrasonography (US) to detect early changes after TNF-alpha(More)
BACKGROUND Atrial conduction abnormalities in patients with scleroderma have not been evaluated in terms of P wave duration, P wave dispersion (P(d)) and electromechanical coupling measured by tissue Doppler echocardiography. METHODS Twenty-four patients with scleroderma and 24 control subjects underwent resting electrocardiogram (ECG), M mode and tissue(More)
Behçet's disease, a multisystemic inflammatory disorder, has been associated with a number of cardiovascular dysfunctions, including ventricular arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death. Heart-rate recovery after exercise can provide both an estimate of impaired parasympathetic tone and a prognosis in regard to all-cause and cardiovascular death. The aim of our(More)
Cardiovascular disease is a major cause of death in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) especially during the late phase of the disease. This study was conducted to evaluate B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) levels in female SLE patients without cardiac symptoms and to investigate whether BNP levels correlated with echocardiographic findings. We(More)
Although autopsy studies have documented that heart is affected in most of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients, clinical manifestations occur in less than 10%. QT dispersion, a new parameter that can be used to assess homogeneity of cardiac repolarization and autonomic function, has not been studied in SLE patients. The aim of our study was to(More)