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OBJECTIVE Different instruments are available to measure functional status in juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA); however, none is based on the evaluation of joint range of motion (ROM). We designed and evaluated a ROM scale to be used as a complementary instrument in daily practice with JRA as well as in trials. METHODS The 10 joint movements of the(More)
The authors performed a study of bone mass in eutrophic Brazilian children and adolescents using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) in order to obtain curves for bone mineral content (BMC) and bone mineral density (BMD) by chronological age and correlate these values with weight and height. Healthy Caucasian children and adolescents, 120 boys and 135(More)
The purpose of the present study was to translate the Roland-Morris (RM) questionnaire into Brazilian-Portuguese and adapt and validate it. First 3 English teachers independently translated the original questionnaire into Brazilian-Portuguese and a consensus version was generated. Later, 3 other translators, blind to the original questionnaire, performed a(More)
Two cases of systemic juvenile chronic arthritis, complicated by cardiac tamponade and eight previously reported cases are described. The clinical features and radiological, electrocardiographic, and echocardiographic findings were similar for all cases. One patient in this series was treated with corticosteroids and underwent pericardiectomy, dying of(More)
OBJECTIVE Rituximab, a monoclonal antibody against B-lymphocytes that express CD 20, is already available for the treatment of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Due to the increased relevance of B-cell regulation in the pathogenesis of autoimmune diseases, rituximab is being used in the treatment of patients whose condition is refractory to conventional therapy. (More)
OBJECTIVE To translate into Portuguese the Childhood Health Assessment Questionnaire and to evaluate the reliability of the Portuguese version. METHODS The original questionnaire was translated into Portuguese, without modifications, and it was administered to 53 children with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and their parents. The reproducibility and(More)
OBJECTIVE The socioeconomic effects of rheumatic fever (RF) in Brazil, including direct and indirect costs to patients and their families and to society, are largely unknown. We evaluated the utilization of resources and costs related to RF in a tertiary center caring for low income patients in the city of São Paulo, Brazil. METHODS One hundred patients(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify the child-mother diagnostic correlation in fibromyalgia (FM), to study sleep disturbance in juvenile FM, and to compare clinical aspects and sleep disorders between these groups. METHODS We studied 34 children with confirmed FM aged 11 +/- 1 years, 10 children with diffuse pain, and 17 age and sex matched asymptomatic controls. The(More)