Bojana Stamenković

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OBJECTIVE To determine the prevalence of and independent factors associated with joint involvement in a large population of patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc). METHODS This study was cross-sectional, based on data collected on patients included in the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) Scleroderma Trials and Research (EUSTAR) registry. We(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine the prevalence of anti-Ku antibodies in 625 patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc) from six European rheumatological centres and to evaluate their clinical and serological characteristics. METHODS Sera of 625 consecutive patients with either limited cutaneous or diffuse cutaneous SSc were tested for antibodies to Ku antigen(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine serum and synovial fluid (SF) concentrations of monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1) or CCL2 chemokine, in patients suffering (RA) and osteoarthritis (OA) and to correlate the values to disease activity, and other patient- and disease-related parameters. METHODS The CCL-2/MCP-1 chemokine (CK) was measured in serum and SF of 30(More)
INTRODUCTION Erectile dysfunction (ED) is common in men with systemic sclerosis (SSc) but the demographics, risk factors and treatment coverage for ED are not well known. METHOD This study was carried out prospectively in the multinational EULAR Scleroderma Trial and Research database by amending the electronic data-entry system with the International(More)
INTRODUCTION In spite of the growing number of reports on the study of anti-nucleosome and anti-C1q antibodies, there are still controversies on their significance as disease activity markers in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and their use in everyday clinical practice. OBJECTIVE Our aim was to assess the presence of anti-dsDNA,(More)
OBJECTIVES To measure the prevalence of, and factors associated with, left ventricular (LV) dysfunction in systemic sclerosis (SSc). METHODS The EUSTAR database was first searched. A case-control study of a patient subset was then performed to further identify independent factors associated with LV dysfunction by simple and multiple regression. RESULTS(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine the causes of death and risk factors in systemic sclerosis (SSc). METHODS Between 2000 and 2011, we examined the death certificates of all French patients with SSc to determine causes of death. Then we examined causes of death and developed a score associated with all-cause mortality from the international European Scleroderma(More)
INTRODUCTION An international cohort study of 73 anti-Ku-positive patients with different connective tissue diseases was conducted to differentiate the anti-Ku-positive populations of patients based on their autoantibody profile and clinical signs/symptoms and to establish possible correlations between antibodies against Ku p70 and Ku p80 with autoimmune(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to investigate the association between non-thrombotic neurological and cardiac manifestations in patients with antiphospholipd syndrome (APS), as well as their connection with type and level of antiphospholipid antibodies. METHODS Our prospective study comprises 333 patients: 218 with primary and 115 with secondary(More)
INTRODUCTION It has been well known that balneophysical therapy has a therapeutic effect on clinical and biological parameters of disease activity in the patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). OBJECTIVE To determine the influence of balneophysical therapy on functional capacity, activity and quality of life of the patients with RA primarily treated with(More)