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OBJECTIVE To confirm the prevalence of depression in a sample of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients; to identify the most significant predictors of depression in RA and to explore patients attitudes to medication in relation to depression. METHODS A cross-sectional survey was used to collect data from 134 RA patients (77% female, 23% male). Participants(More)
OBJECTIVE To cross-validate a biopsychosocial model using physical disability, helplessness and passive coping to predict depression and pain in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS Clinical and psychological measures were collected from 157 RA patients at three time points over a period of 12 months. Path analysis was used for cross-sectional and(More)
The radiological manifestations of 200 patients with ankylosing spondylitis were appraised, and correlated with the patient's sex, anterior uveitis, and HLA B27. Radiological findings in female patients were no different from male patients. Only syndesmophyte formation in the spine was found significantly more frequently in patients with uveitis and HLA(More)
Spinal pseudarthrosis in ankylosing spondylitis can be difficult to detect radiologically. This paper assesses the value of bone radioscintigraphy in relation to radiological examination. The patterns of tracer uptake in the spine were recorded in 16 patients in whom established ankylosing spondylitis was complicated by pseudarthrosis. Twenty such lesions(More)
AIM To quantify circulating fibroblast activation protein (cFAP) and dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (cDPP4) protease activities in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), systemic sclerosis (SSc), and a control group with mechanical back pain and to correlate plasma levels with disease characteristics. METHODS Plasma was collected from patients with RA (n = 73),(More)
Locteron, a newly developed controlled-release formulation of Lemna-derived free (unpegylated) recombinant interferon-alpha2b (IFN-alpha2b, Biolex Therapeutics, Pittsboro, NC) in poly(ether-ester) microspheres (PolyActive, OctoPlus N.V., Leiden, the Netherlands), was evaluated in 27 volunteers injected with either 20, 80, or 320 microg Locteron (equivalent(More)
Tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-a) antagonists have advanced the treatment of inflammatory arthropathies, and are even considered for use in refractory sarcoidosis with some success. Paradoxically, cases of new onset sarcoidosis-like diseases are increasingly reported in patients receiving TNF-a antagonists. Here, we report three cases of sarcoid-like(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to evaluate the rate and cause of methotrexate (MTX) termination in clinical practice, describe the types of toxicities noted, assess the incidence of achieving remission in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients and review the appropriateness of current clinical guidelines for monitoring MTX treatment. METHODS A(More)