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The Ankylosing Spondylitis Quality of Life (ASQoL) questionnaire is a disease-specific measure of needs-based quality of life developed in the UK and the Netherlands. This study describes translation, validation, and reliability of the scale into Turkish population. The ASQoL was translated into Turkish using the dual-panel process. Content validity was(More)
Psoriasis is a skin disorder that is associated with arthritis. Sacroiliac joint involvement is considered to be less frequent than the other types of psoriatic arthritis. Additionally, the psoriatic sacroiliitis is considered to be asymmetric in general. We aimed to define the frequency and type of sacroiliac involvement in patients with psoriasis.(More)
The aim of this cross-sectional study was to estimate the prevalence and risk factors of symptomatic knee and distal interphalangeal (DIP) joint osteoarthritis (OA) in the elderly (≥50 years of age) urban population of Antalya, Turkey. According to the 1997 national census, Antalya’s population was 508,840. By random cluster sampling, 655 individuals aged(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Aerobic endurance exercise enhances antioxidant defenses and improves the physical performance of older adults. However, the combined effect on physical performance of exercise and an antioxidant such as vitamin E has not been investigated. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of six months of vitamin E supplementation(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine bone mineral density (BMD) using the posteroanterior L2-L4 (PA) and lateral L3 (LAT-L3) projections of dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS), and to evaluate the relationship between BMD and the presence of syndesmophytes. METHODS Twenty men with AS were studied. BMD was measured by(More)
Anti-tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha agents promise better disease control for treatment of inflammatory arthritides which are resistant to classical disease-modifying treatment and provide better functional outcome. But these agents are not free of adverse events. The exact relationship between use of anti-TNF drugs and development of demyelination(More)
Dear Editor, We thank Dr. Akkoç and Dr. Akar for their interest in our article and for their valuable contribution of the previous literature on the epidemiology of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in Turkey. None of the former surveys were nationwide; on the contrary, these surveys were mostly limited to a narrow region, such as the one conducted on Balkan(More)
OBJECTIVE In this study, it was aimed to investigate the agreement between early phase of bone scintigraphy - human immunoglobulin scintigraphy (EPBS-HIG) and late phase bone scintigraphy - HIG (LPBS-HIG) in the determination of the presence and also the severity of inflammatory arthritis. MATERIAL AND METHODS Twenty-eight patients (23 female, 5 male;(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in Antalya, Turkey. A cross-sectional study was performed face-to-face using a structured interview. Subjects were asked whether they had arthritis at present or previously. Subjects suspected of having RA were invited to the hospital for physical examination and laboratory(More)
STUDY DESIGN A cross-sectional survey was conducted using face-to-face interviews. OBJECTIVES To estimate the prevalence of low back pain (LBP) in an urban population of Turkey and to determine the factors associated with occurrence of LBP. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA Little information exists in the literature regarding the epidemiology of LBP in(More)