Josep Blanch-Rubió

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Osteoporosis is associated with increased bone resorption together with a decrease in bone formation. In women, there is an increase of resorption surfaces and in the number of osteoclasts. These changes, however, are not found in males. This purpose of this study was to examine clinical, laboratory, and histomorphometric data in a series of 22 male(More)
We assessed muscle pathology in 30 patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and 22 controls to assess if skeletal muscle is affected primarily by the inflammatory process of the disease. Investigations included a questionnaire on musculoskeletal discomfort, physical exercises, dynamometric measurements, EMG, and biopsy of the quadriceps muscle. Symptoms of(More)
Osteoporosis is characterized by low bone mineral density (BMD), resulting in increasing susceptibility to bone fractures. In men, it has been related to some diseases and toxic habits, but in some instances the cause of the primary—or idiopathic—osteoporosis is not apparent. In a previous study, our group compared histomorphometric measurements in cortical(More)
Osteopoikilia, also referred to as osteopoikilosis, is an asymptomatic osteosclerosing dysplasia, of non-specific etiology first described by Albers-Shonberg.1 We report the case of a 49-year-old patient in whom osteopoikilosis affected both femurs, the pelvis and spine. To the best of our knowledge, spinal localization was exceptional.2 The diagnosis was(More)
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterized by widespread pain, fatigue, non-restorative sleep and cognitive difficulties that affects 2-4% of the general population. Recently a possible relationship between the FMR1 premutation and fibromyalgia has been pointed out. In attempt to gather more data we screened for the FMR1 CGG expansion 700 DNA samples(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Calcium and vitamin D supplementation is recommended in patients with osteopenia and osteoporosis. One group that could benefit from this treatment is women with senile osteoporosis. Two sources of supplementary calcium are ossein-hydroxyapatite complex (OHC) and calcium carbonate, but, to date, their comparative effects on bone(More)
OBJECTIVE There is increasing evidence to suggest that ossein-hydroxyapatite complex (OHC) is more effective than calcium supplements in maintaining bone mass. The aim of this meta-analysis was to determine whether OHC has a different clinical effect on bone mineral density (BMD) compared with calcium carbonate (CC). METHODS A meta-analysis of randomized(More)
Pachydermodactyly (PDD) is a rare, benign form of digital fibromatosis characterized by an asymptomatic soft-tissue swelling affecting the skin of the lateral spects of the proximal interphalangeal joints of the fingers, and sometimes can be misdiagnosed with some rheumatic conditions. Magnetic resonance images changes have not been described in any of the(More)
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