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PURPOSE FDG PET has been suggested to have predictive value in the prognosis of oesophageal carcinoma. However, the retrospective studies reported in the literature have shown discordant results. Additionally, only four studies have evaluated FDG PET during chemoradiotherapy (CRT) in patients with different histological lesions. The purpose of this study(More)
OBJECTIVES Recent studies have suggested that an increased intestinal permeability is involved in the pathophysilogy of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). However, the differential expression of tight junctions (TJs) proteins according to IBS subtypes and symptoms remained unknown. The objective of this study was to study zonula occludens-1 (ZO-1), occludin,(More)
UNLABELLED Capabilities of color and power Doppler sonography (DS) were prospectively evaluated for diagnosis of acute pyelonephritis and for prediction of scarring by comparison with 99mTc-dimercaptosuccinic acid scintigraphy (DMSA). METHODS Fifty-seven children (mean age, 5 +/- 3 y) with acute pyelonephritis were investigated by biologic testing, DS (DS(More)
OBJECTIVES The aims of this study were to: (i) determine the prevalence of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) in unselected patients with SSc; (ii) assess both clinical presentation and outcome of SIBO; and (iii) make predictions about which SSc patients are at risk for SIBO. METHODS Fifty-one consecutive patients with SSc underwent glucose(More)
OBJECTIVES To investigate the changes in tumour proliferation (using FLT), metabolism (using FDG), and hypoxia (using F-miso) during curative (chemo-) radiotherapy (RT) in patients with non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). PATIENTS AND METHODS Thirty PET scans were performed in five patients (4 males, 1 female) that had histological proof of NSCLC and were(More)
OBJECTIVES The aims of the present study were to (1) assess clinical features and long-term outcome in anti-Jo1-positive patients with anti-Ro52 antibody; (2) compare characteristics of anti-Jo1-positive patients with and without anti-Ro52 antibody; and (3) compare features of anti-Ro52-positive patients with and without anti-Jo1 antibody. METHODS The(More)
PURPOSE To determine whether preoperative optical coherence tomography (OCT) is useful in predicting postoperative visual outcome for patients with primary macula-off rhegmatogenous retinal detachment (RD). METHODS This prospective study included 20 nonconsecutive eyes with macula-off RD and successful reattachment of the retina. Preoperative 5-mm OCT was(More)
OBJECTIVE To suggest recommendations for management of acute infusion reactions induced by infliximab in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and spondyloarthritis (SpA). METHODS In total, 203 patients were treated with infliximab (120 ml/h). Prevalence of acute infusion reaction was evaluated. To manage these conditions, recommendations were devised(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the involvement of angiogenesis markers in very early arthritis patients and their relevance to predict further joint destruction. METHODS Levels of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF), angiopoietin-1 (Ang-1), and soluble Fms-like tyrosine kinase-1 (sFlt-1) were measured by ELISA in serum samples from 310 patients having(More)
OBJECTIVES Several paradoxical adverse events (PAEs), e.g. IBDs, acute anterior uveitis (AAU) and psoriasis, have been described in patients taking anti-TNF drugs. This retrospective study aimed to describe the different PAEs that have occurred in a population of SpA patients treated with anti-TNF drugs, and to determine whether they are drug specific. (More)