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OBJECTIVE To determine whether chondroitin sulfate (CS) is effective in inhibiting cartilage loss in knee osteoarthritis (OA). METHODS In this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, 300 patients with knee OA were recruited from an outpatient clinic, from private practices, and through advertisements. Study patients were randomly assigned to(More)
OBJECTIVE A number of open-label studies have suggested the potential benefit of rituximab (RTX) in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). However, in 2 recent randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of RTX, the primary end points were not met. We undertook this study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of RTX in off-trial patients with SLE seen in regular(More)
The aim of this study was to assess the clinical, radiological and biological efficacy and tolerability of the SYSADOA, chondroitin 4- and 6-sulfate (CS, Condrosulf, IBSA, Lugano, Switzerland), in patients suffering from knee osteoarthritis. This was a 1-year, randomized, double-blind, controlled pilot study which included 42 patients of both sexes, aged(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to develop a specific immunoassay for PIIANP and measure its serum concentration in healthy controls and in patients with osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In addition, we investigated circulating forms recognized by antiserum IIA in pools of serum from healthy adults, patients with OA and patients with(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify factors predicting patient satisfaction 2 years after total knee arthroplasty (TKA) for osteoarthritis. METHODS Prospective multicenter study of patients followed up for 2 years after TKA for osteoarthritis. We evaluated pain and function (Lequesne index and WOMAC) at baseline and after 2 years. After 2 years, the patients rated(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess, using the OMERACT-OARSI criteria, the clinical response of patients presenting with symptomatic hip osteoarthritis (OA) to one intra-articular injection of hylan G-F 20. METHODS Open-label, multi-centre, prospective, pilot study. Fifty-six patients presenting with primary hip OA, Kellgren-Lawrence grade II-III, age > or =40, with(More)
The aim of the study was to investigate the effect of hyaluronic acid (HA) intra articular injections (IA) on osteoarthritis (OA) biomarkers in patients with knee OA. Prospective open label study. Fifty-one patients with unilateral symptomatic K-OA received IA injections of 2mL of HA on days (D) 1, 7, 14 and were followed 3 months. At D-15 patients were(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate serum concentrations of cartilage oligomeic matrix protein (COMP) and bone sialoprotein (BSP) as predictors of disease progression in hip osteoarthrtitis (OA). METHODS Forty eight consecutive patients, referred to hospital for symptomatic hip OA, (ACR criteria) were monitored in a one year prospective trial with radiographs and serum(More)
OBJECTIVE Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis and patients with meniscal and ligament injuries of the knee are at high risk to develop the disease. The purpose of this study was to evaluate changes occurring in both medial and lateral menisci from the knees of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) transected rabbits at 3 and 8 weeks(More)
Previous studies have described a pharmacokinetic interaction between probenecid, a uricosuric drug, and oxipurinol, the major metabolite of allopurinol. In single dose studies, no interaction was found to occur between benzbromarone, another uricosuric agent, and oxipurinol. A cross over study was conducted in 12 volunteers to compare the kinetics of(More)