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)
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)
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is chronic inflammatory rheumatic disease which leads to joint damage, functional im- pairment and reduced quality of life. The disease should be recognized early when there is a "window of oppor- tunity" to apply adequate treatment which may prevent structural damage. As clinical presentation of RA is not always typical, great(More)
Hypertrophic osteoarthropathy is a syndrome presenting with dclubbing, limbs enlargement, pain and swelling of foot and long bones osteitis. Hypertrophic osteoarthropathy is a rare paraneoplastic syndrome in the patients with primary or metastatic lung cancer. We report 39-year old female patient who presented with arthritis and paraneoplastic hypertrophic(More)
poison ivy. The patient was a non-smoker and did not drink alcohol. Her body mass index was 28.9 kg/m 2 , her family history was unremarkable and she took only 850 mg metformin twice a day. Two hours before admission, she received 15 ml of contrast agent Dotarem ® (Guerbet Group, France; gadoterate meg-lumine) for brain magnetic resonance imaging with 125(More)
The anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA) associated vasculitides are a group of uncommon diseases characterised by inflammatory cell infiltration and necrosis of blood vessel walls. ANCA there has been considerable progress towards understanding their pathogenesis. This results in endothelial activation with increased transmigration and adherence of(More)
Polymyositis and Dermatomyositis are often connected with autoimmune diseases and are closely linked with specific autoantibodies. Clinical manifestations are mild in correlation with clinical picture ofmyositis related to malignancy. Pulmonary complications are main cause of mortality in overlap syndromes with autoimmune diseases. Infection, cardiovascular(More)
Vaccine preventable infections occur more often in patients with autoimmune and chronic rheumatic diseases when compared to the general population. Most vaccines are immunogenic, efficacious and safe in those patients, even with immunosuppressive treatment, excluding rituximab. Live attenuated vaccines should be avoided in patients receiving long-term(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-imm-unoglobulin G was reported as a bio-marker of neuromyelitis optica in 2004. Viral prodrome often precedes the onset of disease, suggesting that infectious(More)