Hyo Jin Choi

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The objective of this study was to investigate clinical and radiographic features and gender differences in Korean patients with adult-onset ankylosing spondylitis. Multicenter cross-sectional studies were conducted in the rheumatology clinics of 13 Korean tertiary referral hospitals. All patients had a confirmed diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis(More)
Polyarteritis nodosa (PAN) is a systemic vasculitis characterized by multi-organ involvement with protean manifestations. We evaluated the clinical features of PAN in Korea. Twenty-seven patients were diagnosed as PAN at Seoul National University Hospital between January 1990 and July 2003. The male-to-female ratio was 1.7:1 and mean age at onset (+/-SD)(More)
Matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-9 expression is reported to be upregulated in several primary vasculitides. The -1562C>T and -91 [CA](n) repeat polymorphisms can affect MMP-9 promoter activity. We investigated the distributions of these functional polymorphisms in 122 patients with Behçet's disease (BD) and in 122 gender- and age-matched healthy controls.(More)
Thrombocytopenia is one of the common manifestations of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Its treatment consists of corticosteroids and/or other immunosuppressive drug such as azathioprine, vincristine, cyclosporine, and mycophenolate mofetil. Common adverse reactions of immunosuppressive treatment are infections, hematologic and liver function(More)
Interferon regulatory factor-1 (IRF-1) is a transcription factor that regulates the functions of type I and II interferons and plays a role in host protection. Behçet's disease (BD) is an idiopathic systemic vasculitis that is often complicated with thrombotic features, and infectious agents have long been postulated to be a disease-triggering factor in its(More)
We evaluated the clinical significance of serum N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) level in systemic sclerosis (SSc). We studied 45 SSc patients (30 with limited and 15 with diffuse cutaneous SSc) of mean age ± SD 47.1 ± 12.9 years, mean duration of disease 10.2 ± 6.0 years, and 45 age- and sex-matched healthy controls. Pulmonary artery(More)
Thermal transformation of the (+)-catechin (1) with heating processing afforded a new oxidation product, gambiriin D (2), along with catechin [6'-8]-catechin (3), and (+)-epicatechin (4). The structure of a new catechin dimer with C-C linkage was determined on the basis of spectroscopic data interpretation. The catechin dimers 2 and 3 exhibited(More)
Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital, Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul, Department of Internal Medicine, Inha University Hospital, Incheon, Department of Internal Medicine, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Asan Medical Center,(More)
The object of this study was to evaluate the seasonality of gout in Korea. We retrospectively examined data from 330 patients seen at nine rheumatology clinics, treated with urate lowering therapy (ULT) more than one year after stopping prophylactic medication. Demographic data, clinical and laboratory features, and seasonality of gout onset and flares were(More)
The authors prospectively investigated 155 pregnant women, without a history of rheumatic disease who visited the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for routine antenatal care, to evaluate the prevalences and clinical features of arthralgia and arthritis in healthy pregnant women. Mean of the 155 subjects’ ages was 31.8 ± 3.8 (years, ±SD). Arthralgia(More)