Ioannis S. Alexiou

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BACKGROUND Rheumatic diseases are a major health and financial burden for societies. The prevalence of rheumatic diseases may change over time, and therefore, we sought to estimate the prevalence of rheumatic diseases in an adult population of central Greece. METHODS In this prospective cross-sectional population survey, a random sample of adult(More)
This study aimed to assess the effect of mofetil mycophenolate (MMF), an inhibitor of lymphocyte proliferation, on lung function and skin in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc)-associated interstitial lung disease (SSc-ILD). In this retrospective study, we reviewed the medical files of 10 patients with SSc-ILD (eight females, 10 patients with diffuse(More)
OBJECTIVES To investigate the possible influence of tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF), TNF receptor I (TNFRI) and TNF receptor II (TNFRII) gene polymorphisms on anti-TNF treatment responsiveness, stratified by autoantibody status. METHODS A Greek multi-centre collaboration was established to recruit a cohort of patients (n=100) with active RA treated(More)
The objective of our study was to establish whether there is an association between rheumatoid arthritis with extra-articular manifestations (exRA) and anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide 2 (anti-CCP2) antibodies in Greeks. A retrospective study of 220 Greek patients with RA, 95 with exRA and 125 without extra-articular manifestations (cRA). Serum anti-CCP2(More)
STUDY DESIGN We retrospectively analyzed spinal infection (SpI), in a teaching Hospital, in Central Greece. OBJECTIVE To study presentation, etiology, and outcome of SpI in Central Greece. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA SpI most frequently involves the intervertebral disc and adjacent vertebral bodies and can cause neurologic impairment. METHODS Thirty(More)
BACKGROUND Anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (anti-CCP) antibodies have been of diagnostic value in Northern European Caucasian patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In these populations, anti-CCP antibodies are associated with the HLA-DRB1 shared epitope. We assessed the diagnostic value of anti-CCP antibodies in Greek patients with RA where the HLA(More)
OBJECTIVES It is increasingly recognized that enthesitis in patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is of clinical importance. We review data on the detection, assessment, and treatment of enthesitis and its related dactylitis in PsA. METHODS We searched Pubmed with the search terms psoriatic arthritis or psoriasis in combination with enthesitis,(More)
The objective of this study is to assess the reliability of clinical examination in patients with erosive osteoarthritis (EOA). Eighteen patients with EOA underwent clinical examination for joint tenderness, bony swelling, and inflammation by two independent, blinded assessors. All patients were also examined by ultrasound (US) by an independent(More)
Erosive osteoarthritis (EOA) is defined as hand osteoarthritis (OA) with interphalangeal joint erosions on plain radiographs. We sought to find ultrasound (US) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) features that could distinguish EOA from nodal hand OA (NOA). Symptomatic consecutive patients with hand OA as defined by the American College of Rheumatology(More)