Ji-Hyoun Kang

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The aim of this study was to assess and validate the Korean version of the Boston Carpal Tunnel Questionnaire (K-BCTQ) in patients with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). After translation and cultural adaptation of the BCTQ to a Korean version, the K-BCTQ was administered to 54 patients with CTS; it was administered again after 2 weeks to assess reliability.(More)
BACKGROUND We examined the effects of fat deposition on radiographic osteoarthritis (OA) to determine the role of obesity in the pathogenesis of radiographic OA. METHODS Data were taken from the Dong-gu cohort, a cross-sectional study of 2,367 subjects. Baseline characteristics, waist circumference (WC), waist-to-hip ratio (WHR), fat mass, and fat(More)
We investigated the compliance of Korean patients using tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors to treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and ankylosing spondylitis (AS), and identified potential predictors associated with treatment discontinuation. The study population comprised 114 RA and 310 AS patients treated with TNF inhibitors at a single tertiary center for(More)
OBJECTIVE The relationship between OA and osteoporosis has exhibited contradictory features over the past four decades. The aim of this study was to determine using separate analysis of the radiographic features of OA whether various radiographic features of OA were associated differently with BMD in the Korean elderly. METHODS Data were derived from the(More)
Fibromyalgia (FM) affects 1% to 5% of the population, and approximately 90% of the affected individuals are women. FM patients experience impaired quality of life and the disorder places a considerable economic burden on the medical care system. With the recognition of FM as a major health problem, many recent studies have evaluated the pathophysiology of(More)
OBJECTIVE Allopurinol-induced severe cutaneous adverse reactions (SCARs) are relatively rare but cause high rates of morbidity and mortality. Studies have shown that the HLA-B5801 allele and renal impairment are strongly associated with SCARs. Recent American College of Rheumatology guidelines recommend that, prior to treatment with allopurinol, the(More)
OBJECTIVE No available anti-osteoporotic medication has been shown to completely prevent declines in bone mineral density (BMD) and the resulting increased risk of fracture. The objective of this study was to investigate the risk factors for treatment failure in osteoporotic patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS A retrospective cohort study of(More)
OBJECTIVES The high concordance between systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and fibromyalgia (FM) suggests common underlying mechanisms related to pain and distress in both patient groups. Increasing evidence indicates that N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NMDARs) play a major role in the induction and maintenance of central sensitisation with chronic pain.(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine the outcomes of Korean patients with fibromyalgia (FM) and to identify prognostic factors associated with improvement at 1-year follow-up. METHODS Forty-eight patients with FM were enrolled and examined every 3 months for 1 year. At the time of enrollment, we interviewed all patients using a structured questionnaire that recorded(More)
OBJECTIVES To investigate whether CCL21 and CXCL13 expression levels in the minor salivary gland are associated with the laboratory and clinical manifestations of Sjögren's syndrome (SS). METHODS Sociodemographic data on 106 SS patients were obtained and the glandular and extraglandular manifestations of the disease were documented. In addition, minor(More)