Chia-Wei Hsieh

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OBJECTIVE To investigate the kinetics of hepatitis B virus (HBV) viral loads and HBV reactivation in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients undergoing therapy with tumour necrosis factor alpha (TNFα) inhibitors. METHODS The authors investigated the virological, serological and biochemical evidence of HBV reactivation in 88 RA patients receiving anti-TNFα(More)
Introduction: The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-a inhibitors on circulating T helper-type 17 (Th17) cells and Th17-related cytokines in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Methods: The frequencies of circulating Th17 cells and serum levels of Th17-related cytokines were determined using flow(More)
OBJECTIVES The risk of active tuberculosis increases in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients receiving antitumour necrosis factor alpha (TNFα) therapy. Longitudinal data concerning serial interferon γ (IFNγ) assays for detecting tuberculosis have been limited. This study investigated the time course of the development of active tuberculosis, and evaluated the(More)
INTRODUCTION The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α inhibitors on circulating T helper-type 17 (Th17) cells and Th17-related cytokines in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS The frequencies of circulating Th17 cells and serum levels of Th17-related cytokines were determined using flow(More)
The cauda equina syndrome (CES) is a rare neurological complication of ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Imaging diagnosis of CES in long-standing AS patients (CES-AS) using myelography, computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) were reported in the literature. They, however, demonstrate only the chronic abnormalities of CES-AS, i.e., dural(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate QuantiFERON-tuberculosis Gold (QFT-G) assay and tuberculin skin test (TST) for latent tuberculosis (TB) infection (LTBI) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) treated with adalimumab. METHODS We prospectively followed up 43 RA patients who received adalimumab therapy and underwent serial TSTs and QFT-G assays. TST was(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine spontaneous and activation-induced apoptosis of peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBLs) from patients with active untreated adult-onset Still's disease (AOSD) and to examine the role of interleukin-18 (IL-18) involved in the apoptosis related to this disease. METHODS The percentages of spontaneous and IL-18-stimulated apoptotic(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to investigate the impact of disease onset age on mortality and renal survival in female SLE patients. METHODS This nationwide, population-based, retrospective cohort study used data from the National Health Insurance Research Database of Taiwan. Female patients newly diagnosed with SLE from 2001 to 2004 were(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the potential role of Th type 17 (Th17) cells and Th17-related cytokines in the pathogenesis of adult-onset Still's disease (AOSD). METHODS The frequencies of circulating Th17 cells in 24 patients with active untreated AOSD, 16 patients with active SLE and 12 healthy volunteers were determined using intracellular cytokine staining(More)
INTRODUCTION The goal of this study was to investigate (1) the associations of rheumatoid arthritis (RA)-related inflammation or rheumatoid factor/anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (anti-CCP) positivity with lipid profiles and insulin resistance (IR), (2) the effects of biologic therapy on lipid profiles and IR, and (3) potential predictors for the presence(More)