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OBJECTIVE To study the value of antibodies to citrullinated proteins/peptides for predicting joint outcomes in patients with recent onset rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS 191 patients with RA onset within the past year were followed up prospectively for five years. Serum samples obtained from 145 patients at baseline before disease modifying(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine prognostic factors of radiologic damage and radiologic progression in early rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS A cohort of 191 patients with RA whose disease duration was shorter than 1 year were prospectively followed up for 3 years. Radiologic scores (as determined by Sharp's method, modified by van der Heijde) and radiologic(More)
Malignant centrofacial granuloma (MCFG) is a clinical entity characterized by a relentless ulceration of the upper airway involving the nose, palate, and face, without any demonstrable etiology. The origin of 11 cases were analyzed with the help of cell-surface immunostaining in all and with T-cell receptor gene (TCR) rearrangement in 3. The results show(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe the phenotype of adult patients with variant and classic ataxia-telangiectasia (A-T), to raise the degree of clinical suspicion for the diagnosis variant A-T, and to assess a genotype-phenotype relationship for mutations in the ATM gene. METHODS Retrospective analysis of the clinical characteristics and course of disease in 13 adult(More)
Pancreatic fistula (PF) is the single most important complication after pancreaticoduodenectomy. Recently, a 0% rate of PF was reported using a binding pancreaticojejunostomy with intussusception of the pancreatic stump. The aim of this study was to assess the safety of this new binding pancreaticojejunostomy in condition most susceptible to PF, i.e. soft(More)
BACKGROUND To assess antitumor activity and toxicity of pemetrexed in metastatic breast cancer (MBC) patients previously treated with anthracyclines. PATIENTS AND METHODS Seventy-seven MBC patients from 12 European institutions were entered into the study. Seventy-two patients were considered evaluable for response and toxicity. Forty-two patients were(More)
The main objective of this work is to compare the standard bioequivalence tests based on individual estimates of the area under the curve and the maximal concentration obtained by non-compartmental analysis (NCA) to those based on individual empirical Bayes estimates (EBE) obtained by nonlinear mixed effects models. We evaluate by simulation the precision(More)
INTRODUCTION Complex anal fistulas are responsible for pain, faecal incontinence and impaired quality of life. The rectal mucosa advancement flap (RMAF) procedure to cover the internal opening of the fistula remains a strategy of choice. However, a new procedure for closing anal fistulas is now available with the use of a nitinol closure clip (OTSC(More)
The pathogenesis of portal hypertension in patients with lymphoproliferative and myeloproliferative disorders is not fully understood. We investigated 20 patients with myeloproliferative disease and 47 patients with lymphoproliferative disease. Transvenous liver biopsies and hepatic vein pressure gradient measurements were performed in all patients, and(More)
As many breast cancer patients receive adjuvant chemotherapy using anthracyclines or anthracenediones and taxanes, more therapeutic options are needed for subsequent lines of therapy. Pemetrexed (ALIMTA, multitargeted antifolate, LY231514) is a novel antifolate that inhibits several enzymes in the de novo pathways of pyrimidine and purine biosynthesis. This(More)