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Ghrelin is a gastric hormone that posses multiple functions, including induction of growth hormone release, regulation of proinflammatory cytokines and control of food intake and energy homeostasis. A few reports on serum ghrelin level in chronic inflammatory states revealed contradictory results. The study was undertaken to determine ghrelin in patients… (More)
TNF-α is one of the key proinflammatory cytokines in pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). TNF-α was also found to enhance synthesis of leptin. Leptin is mainly adipocyte-derived hormone controlling appetite and energy expenditure. It acts through inhibition of neuropeptide Y secretion. It is possible that TNF-α-induced leptin secretion contributes to… (More)
Andersen-Tawil syndrome is a rare form of channelopathy, i.e. disease caused by defective structure and function of the proteins that form the ion channels within the cell membrane. In patients with Andersen-Tawil syndrome, mutations of the KCNJ2 gene result in defective Kir 2.1 protein. The protein forms potassium ion channels. The clinical picture… (More)
Dercum's disease is a rare disorder with subcutaneous formation of fatty tissue (lipomas) with symptoms of pain, fatigue, stiffness, weakness and in some cases arthritis. The rarity of this disease causes that it is not taken into consideration in the rheumatological differential diagnosis, so this short report draws attention to this rare disease.
We studied 54 patients with ankylosing spondylitis with questionnaire in order to determine their view on threat to quality of their life related to the disease. We have show that pain and significant disability are the main threats associated with the disease in view of the patients. Social aspects (losing of job or decreasing of income) are also important… (More)
OBJECTIVES Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) and serum level of C-reactive protein (CRP) are the acute phase reactants most commonly determined in patients with rheumatic diseases. The indices are affected by different factors, but both of them are applied for evaluation of the disease activity in patients with inflammatory disorders of the… (More)