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The primary objective of this investigation was to assess the relationships between clinical characteristics, lung involvement, and frequency of pulmonary involvement in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Using high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) and pulmonary function tests (PFT), we prospectively evaluated 52 patients with RA (eight males and 44 females,(More)
This study was undertaken to determine the influence of proximal femur geometry on hip fracture risk independent of bone mineral density. We examined 34 hip fracture subjects (17 men, 17 women) and 36 control subjects (18 men, 18 women). The control subjects were matched with the hip fracture patients by femoral neck bone mineral density (+ or - 0.100(More)
The aim of this study was to assess serum levels and clinical significance of soluble CD26 (sCD26) and soluble CD30 (sCD30) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Forty-eight patients with RA and 30 healthy controls were enrolled. Serum sCD26 and sCD30 levels were measured using ELISA. Serum sCD26 levels were significantly lower (P = 0.011), whereas(More)
Only three cases of non-cardiogenic pulmonary oedema secondary to high dose verapamil ingestion have been described in the literature. This report describes two girls, who developed pulmonary oedema in the course of massive dose verapamil ingestion (total of 6000 mg and 7200 mg). Left ventricule size and function was normal on transthoracic echocardiograms(More)
Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP) is a rare but extremely disabling genetic disease of the skeletal system. This disease is characterized by progression of heterotopic ossification within skeletal muscles, ligaments and tendons. Most patients with FOP are misdiagnosed early in life before the appearance of heterotopic ossification and undergo(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the frequency of juvenile onset ankylosing spondylitis (JOAS) in Turkish patients with AS and to compare with adult onset AS (AOAS) in a cross-sectional study design. METHODS A total of 322 patients were recruited from the joint database of 5 university hospitals in eastern Turkey. RESULTS Patients with JOAS (n = 43, 13.4%) had(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine the predictive value for radiological damage of anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide antibodies (anti-CCP) and rheumatoid factor (RF) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS Ninety patients with RA were enrolled in this study. All patients had symptom duration of at least one year. Anti-CCP and IgM-RF were evaluated with(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the frequencies, pathogen microorganisms involved, and possible risk factors of urinary tract infections, asymptomatic bacteriuria, and significant bacteriuria in subacute and chronic stroke patients. DESIGN The frequencies were determined and compared for subgroups with respect to age, gender, level of education, type of lesion,(More)
BACKGROUND Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is the most common nerve entrapment syndrome. It is sometimes difficult to diagnose, and a late diagnosis may result in permanent nerve damage. Electromyography (EMG), ultrasonography (US), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and computed tomography (CT) may be performed for the diagnosis. The diagnostic accuracy of(More)
Preliminary clinical studies of testosterone therapy in male patients with coronary artery disease obtained promising results. However, little is known about the in vitro effects of testosterone in human isolated arteries. We investigated the effect of testosterone on contractile tone of human isolated radial artery (RA). Testosterone was added (0.1 - 300(More)