Ilana Kaufman

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OBJECTIVE To assess the levels of anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (anti-CCP) and IgA rheumatoid factor (IgA-RF) in synovial fluids of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriatic arthritis (PsA), and osteoarthritis (OA). METHODS Knee effusions of 29 patients with RA (23 women, 6 men; mean +/- SD age 60 +/- 15 years), 20 with PsA (6 women, 14 men;(More)
OBJECTIVE To present a case of severe interstitial nephritis with proteinuria in primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS) and review the literature regarding renal disease and its management in pSS, aiming to suggest recommendations for treatment. METHODS A search of MEDLINE (PubMed) was performed for review articles and case reports using the MESH terms: Sjögren(More)
OBJECTIVES To study the prevalence of rheumatic diseases in Israel by applying the Community Oriented Program for the Control of Rheumatic Diseases core questionnaire (CCQ). METHODS Representative samples (total of 2520 people) of the Israeli Jewish population aged ≥20 were surveyed for rheumatic complaints on 4 separate occasions by the CCQ telephone(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the efficacy and safety of vaccination against influenza virus in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, with special emphasis on the effect of disease modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs), including tumour necrosis factor alpha (TNFalpha) blockers. METHODS 82 rheumatoid patients and 30 healthy controls were vaccinated with a(More)
OBJECTIVE To study the effect of the presence of fibromyalgia (FM) on common clinical disease activity indices in patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA). METHODS Seventy-three consecutive outpatients with PsA (mean age 51.7 yrs; 42 females, 57.5%) were enrolled in a prospective cross-sectional study. FM was determined according to American College of(More)
The objective of this study is to describe a series of patients above the age of 50 years with large vessel arteritis and vascular involvement typical of TAK. A retrospective review of 18 patients (median age 64 years) with emphasis on clinical characteristics, laboratory values, and vascular involvement by CT, MRI, or planar angiography. Five patients(More)
OBJECTIVE The longterm use of tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α blockers is limited by the formation of neutralizing antibodies. To the best of our knowledge, immunogenicity in psoriatic arthritis (PsA) has not been investigated in depth. Our objective was to evaluate the prevalence and significance of TNF-α blocker immunogenicity in PsA. METHODS Consecutive(More)