Dušanka Martinović Kaliterna

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Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is suspected to be one of the factors triggering systemic sclerosis (SSc). Data on the possible role of H. pylori are lacking. The aim of this study was to assess the effect of H. pylori infection in SSc patients. Forty-two SSc patients without dyspeptic symptoms were recruited—26 were H. pylori-positive and 16 were H.(More)
clinical examination, magnetic resonance imaging, cerebrospinal findings and positive aquaporin-4 antibodies, which are highly specific and sensitive for this condition. The serum autoantibody NMO-immunoglobulin G was reported as a biomarker of neuromyelitis optica in 2004. Viral prodrome often precedes the onset of disease, suggesting that infectious(More)
Churg-Strauss syndrome is a rare form of eosinophilic vasculitis associated with asthma. Several cases of eosinophilic conditions including Churg-Strauss syndrome have recently been reported in asthmatic patients being treated with antileukotriene receptor antagonists. However, whether these drugs have a direct pathogenic role remains controversial. We(More)
Over the last 20 years, increasing evidence has accumulated to implicate infectious agents in the etiology of systemic sclerosis (SSc) and Raynaud's phenomenon. Infection rates in patients with SSc compared with those in control populations do not provide clear support for any specific pathogen. However, increased antibody titers, a preponderance of(More)
During the last three decades scientists worldwide have investigated how ultraviolet radiation (UVR) influences the immune system. The vast majority of the researchers was primarily focused on the local immunomodulatory role of UVR. But today evidence is increasing in favor of plural immune activation and systemic reaction of the organism. Most of the(More)
This study aims to evaluate the prevalence of patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc) in Split–Dalmatia County in Southern Croatia. Patients were recruited from the medical records of University Hospital Split. Our Department of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology is the only tertiary referral center for the Split–Dalmatia County, which has a population of(More)
The vasculature plays a crucial role in inflammation and atherosclerosis associated with the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis. Vasculitis in rheumatoid arthritis is associated with longstanding disease, has an important impact on a patient’s quality of life and influences patient life expectancy. Seropositivity, specific human leukocyte antigen(More)
Osteoarthritis of the hip and the knee belongs to one of the most disabiliting conditions. Treatment goals for these patients include a reduction in pain, an improvement in joint mobility and to limit functional impairment. To properly manage osteoarthritis, both nonpharmacologic (non-interventional) and pharmacologic modalities may be employed, while(More)
Diffuse systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a chronic disease of unknown cause characterized by diffuse fibrosis and vascular abnormalities in the skin and internal organs. Pathogenesis of SSc involves immunologic mechanisms, vascular damage and activation of fibroblasts. SSc varies in severity and progression; most patients eventually develop visceral(More)