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We report two cases of neuromyelitis optica (NMO) associated with primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS), comparing the clinical and laboratory features of these predominant neurological patients and reporting their different outcome. NMO - a severe demyelinating disorder of the central nervous system - primarily affects the spinal cord and optic nerves,(More)
INTRODUCTION Work disability is a major consequence of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), associated not only with traditional disease activity variables, but also more significantly with demographic, functional, occupational, and societal variables. Recent reports suggest that the use of biologic agents offers potential for reduced work disability rates, but the(More)
Clinical response in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) treated with biologic agents can be influenced by their pharmacokinetics and immunogenicity. The present study evaluated the concordance between serum drug and antidrug levels as well as the clinical response in RA patients treated with biological agents who experience their first disease(More)
Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by the reduction of the bone mass and the modification of the bone architecture, which leads to the risk of fracture of the fragile bones, this being the main clinical consequence of the disease. At the same time, osteoporosis is not only a problem by itself, but it is very important from the point of view of the(More)
BACKGROUND Clinicians have at hand several indices to evaluate disease activity and functionality in ankylosing spondylitis (AS), in order to evaluate the prognostic and the treatment of AS patients. OBJECTIVES to examine the relationship between functional and activity scores in AS; to note whether disease activity is associated with any clinical or(More)
BACKGROUND Assessment of synovitis in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a major issue for a proper treatment administration; it has been proven that ultrasound (US) examination could be of valuable help and it is currently being investigated as a possible outcome measure for the disease. It is, though, of greatest importance to accurately establish the place of(More)
The aim of this study was to analyze the phenotype of circulating dendritic cells (DCc) in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients before and after treatment with infliximab (at 24 h and 6 months) and the correlation between these changes and the clinical response to treatment. Sixteen patients with RA were recruited and clinical status was determined using the(More)
Dendritic cells (DCs) in the rheumatoid arthritis (RA) joint mediate the immunopathological process and act as a potent antigen presenting cell. We compared the expression of co-stimulatory and adhesion molecules on DCs in RA patients versus controls with traumatic joint lesions and evaluated the correlation between the immunophenotypical presentation of(More)
UNLABELLED BACKGROUND; Previous studies reported the increased prevalence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) compared to the general population. However, the predictors for the development of CVD in patients with RA were not clearly established, and the role of thrombosis mechanisms was inconsistently characterized in(More)
BACKGROUND Spondyloarthritis (SpA) is associated with an array of peripheral manifestations. Our study aims to evaluate extra-articular manifestations of SpA in a Romanian academic clinical setting and to observe their associations with different disease measures. METHODS The study was designed to note the extra-articular manifestations of SpA patients in(More)