Josep Maria Llobet

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OBJECTIVE Sjögren's syndrome (SS) is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease. It can be primary (pSS) or secondary (sSS) and is observed 90% more in women than in men, mainly in the fourth and fifth decades of life. We investigated the prevalence of serological and clinical manifestations in male and female patients with primary SS. METHODS We analyzed(More)
We herein describe the case of a 77-year-old woman, who presented clinical and histopathological evidence of giant cell arteritis (GCA) involving the temporal artery, together with a Churg-Strauss syndrome (CSS). Our patient presented positive anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCA), with cytoplasmic staining pattern (C-ANCA) that was specific against(More)
Systemic-onset juvenile idiopathic arthritis (SOJIA), formerly called Still’s disease, is a subset of juvenile arthritis that describes patients with fever, rash, arthritis, serositis and visceromegaly. In up to 30% of cases the disease has a chronic course and management requires high doses of glucocorticoids, disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARD),(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify predictors of early response to tocilizumab (TCZ) in patients with active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) seen in daily routine clinical practice. METHODS A multicenter ambispective observational study of 126 RA patients treated with TCZ as a first- or second-line biological therapy. The variables associated to achieve the therapeutic goal(More)
Ultrasonography (US) has shown to be more sensitive than physical examination for diagnosis and assessment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). It is also a useful approach for accurate monitoring and intensive treatment adjustment. However, there is limited information concerning the impact of US on therapeutic decision-making in routine daily practice. A(More)
Expression of the scavenger receptor CD36 on lymphocytes is intriguing. We observed that a minor subpopulation of lymphocytes expressed CD36 on the cell surface. We investigated the source of CD36 and also the proliferation and cytokine production of these CD36(+) CD4(+) lymphocytes. Flow cytometry analysis and immunofluorescence microscopy showed that(More)
Streptococcus agalactiae, or group B Streptococcus (GBS), is the major cause of neonatal meningitis and sepsis but is an uncommon infection in adults. GBS arthritis is rare, and axial involvement with sacroiliitis is even more uncommon. Microbiological diagnosis frequently relies upon positive blood cultures as synovial fluid cultures are usually negative.(More)
INTRODUCTION Adalimumab is a fully human anti-tumor necrosis factor α (anti-TNFα) monoclonal antibody that specifically blocks the interaction of TNFα with its receptors. It binds both soluble and transmembrane TNFα. We hypothesized that blocking these TNFα signals regulates the altered TNFα production in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. METHODS We(More)
Results According to our previous results, peripheral B cell depletion was fully effective by 30 days. No changes in the percentage of CD3+, CD4+, CD8+ and NK cells were found. There was a comparative progressive diminution of CD8 +CD45RO+ cells with recovery starting at 180 days. DAS28 significantly correlated with CD8+CD45RO+ cells. Since CD8+CD45RO+(More)