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We prospectively examined 100 rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients to calculate drug compliance rates, characteristics of compliant and non-compliant patients, and changes in compliance over time. Three assessments were obtained over a one-year follow-up. Detailed drug history of RA and for concomitant disease was queried. Sedimentation rate, C-reactive(More)
OBJECT This study was designed to evaluate the efficacy of decompressive surgery for degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) on a functional and clinical basis. METHODS A prospective analysis and follow-up of 125 consecutive patients with degenerative LSS between 2000 and 2006 were performed. All patients underwent surgery for lumbar stenosis.(More)
Hemophilia is a coagulation disorder characterized by acute hemorrhages into the musculoskeletal system, leading eventually to arthropathy and disability. We investigated the functional loss, namely disability, in hemophiliacs. The clinical and radiological characteristics of joint involvement were also evaluated. There were 31 patients between the ages of(More)
Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a chronic, inflammatory, rheumatological disease affecting primarily the sacroiliac joint and vertebral column, with an etiology that remains obscure. Cytokines are soluble proteins that have specific roles in inflammatory response, arranging the interaction between cells of the immune system both in natural and specific(More)
Isotretinoin, a medication for acne, has been reported to cause a variety of side effects on the musculoskeletal system. We present a case of sacroiliitis (a relatively uncommon feature) and sensorimotor demyelinating polyneuropathy, which has been reported previously in only a few cases during isotretinoin therapy. Clinical symptoms were improved after the(More)
BACKGROUND DATA AND OBJECTIVE Although previous studies have evaluated the effect of different kinds of physical therapy in subacromial impingement syndrome (SIS), there have been few investigations assessing the effectiveness of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) in shoulder disorders. The goal of this prospective randomized study was to assess whether(More)
The primary objective of this study was to assess the quality of life (QoL) in spinal cord injury (SCI) survivors. Secondary objectives were to determine the effects of various sociodemographic and clinical characteristics on QoL. This cross-sectional study included 54 patients with SCI. The Turkish version of the Short-Form-36 Health Survey was used to(More)
OBJECTIVES In this study, our objectives were to investigate whether patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) have a poorer dynamic balance than normal subjects, and to study the relationship between balance and posture. METHODS Seventy patients (57 men, 13 women) with AS and 35 (31 men, 4 women) controls matched for age, weight, height and body mass(More)
The goal of this study was to assess the long-term articular damage in adults with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) using the Rheumatoid Arthritis Articular Damage (RAAD) score and to determine any associations between the disease-related parameters and RAAD score. Thirty-eight adults identified with JIA at 18 years of age or older with disease duration(More)