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OBJECTIVE To obtain an overview of rheumatic disorders occurring after hepatitis B vaccination. METHODS A questionnaire was sent to rheumatology departments in nine French hospitals. Criteria for entry were rheumatic complaints of 1 week's duration or more, occurrence during the 2 months following hepatitis B vaccination, no previously diagnosed rheumatic(More)
This multicenter randomized, double-blind, controlled study was performed to compare the efficacy and tolerability of chondroitin sulfate (CS, Condrosulf, IBSA, Lugano, CH) 1200 mg/day oral gel vs CS 3 x 400 mg/day capsules vs placebo, in patients with mono or bilateral knee osteoarthritis (Kellgren and Lawrence radiographic score grade I to III). A total(More)
Lyme arthritis is caused in Europe by three main pathogenic species of Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato: Borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto, Borrelia garinii, and Borrelia afzelii. Because few synovial samples have yet been analysed by species-specific DNA amplification methods, further studies are needed to define the spectra of clinical manifestations(More)
A prospective double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized study of 24 weeks duration was carried out comparing the efficacy and tolerability of sulphasalazine (SSZ) versus placebo in patients with psoriatic arthritis. A total of 120 patients were included in nine centres. All patients had active disease and fulfilled the criteria of definite psoriatic(More)
UNLABELLED The role of epidural fibrosis in postoperative sciatica is unclear. Few therapeutic trials have been published. We evaluated the mechanical effects of forceful saline injections through the sacrococcygeal hiatus comparatively with glucocorticoid injections. PATIENTS AND METHODS Forty-seven patients with postdiscectomy sciatica but no evidence(More)
A one-step reverse transcriptase PCR (RT-PCR) method for detection of Borrelia burgdorferi mRNA in infected C3H mice is described. This simple procedure, less prone to nucleic acid cross-contamination than the standard method, was found to be 10-fold more sensitive than a classical two-step RT-PCR assay. By using one-step RT-PCR, flagellin mRNAs were(More)
Percutaneous injection of methylmethacrylate is now increasingly employed to treat bone lesions, both malignant and benign. However, the risks of this procedure are still to be fully established. In this report, we describe a case of rapid chondrolysis appearing after the intra-articular leakage of cement during injection of an acetabular subchondral cyst,(More)