Kurisu Tada

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OBJECTIVE To determine the degree of contribution and the contributing factors of ultrasound in the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in daily clinical practice and the predictive differences depending on seropositivity. METHODS We included 122 patients who presented with the main complaint of finger and/or wrist joint pain but for whom no definite(More)
OBJECTIVE Joint swelling, an important factor in the classification criteria and disease activity assessment in rheumatoid arthritis (RA), renders joint palpation a necessary skill for physicians. Ultrasound (US) examination that visualizes soft tissue abnormalities is now used to assess musculoskeletal disease. We assessed the usefulness of US assessments(More)
OBJECTIVE Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is characterized by chronic inflammation of the axial and peripheral joints and ligamentous attachments. Gut immunity is thought to be involved in AS, because a prominent coexistence of gut and joint inflammation has been observed in patients with AS. Mucosal-associated invariant T (MAIT) cells are preferentially(More)
Although considered essential for diagnosing IgG4-related disease (IgG4-RD), biopsy of target organs is often difficult to perform. Such was the case of a 56-year-old man admitted with general malaise and weight loss. Computed tomography revealed swelling of the submandibular gland, mild dilatation of the main pancreatic duct, renal involvement,(More)
OBJECTIVES Ultrasound (US) examination can visualise and clarify involved joints anatomically in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and it enables physicians to verify the accuracy of clinical assessments of involved joints. Here, we studied the practical 'miscount'- calculated by subtracting US-determined involved joint count from clinically(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether weighting improves the correlation of ultrasound (US) score with serum matrix metalloproteinase-3 (MMP-3) level in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS As ultrasound examination was performed on 100 RA patients, and the severity of synovial effusion and synovial hypertrophy and the blood flow were semi-quantitatively graded(More)
OBJECTIVE We aim to examine changes in usage of nonbiologic, disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) and evaluate their continuation rates in Japan. METHODS We analyzed DMARD treatment data for 3,734 patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) from 1998 to 2009 at Juntendo Hospital in Tokyo, Japan. The DMARD usage rate per month was determined to(More)
CD146, a transmembrane glycoprotein member of the immunoglobulin superfamily, acts as an adhesion molecule that helps maintain the cell monolayer. Human endothelial cells expressing CD146 are involved in angiogenesis and inflammation. Recently, we developed a sandwich ELISA for detecting soluble CD146 (sCD146) in human serum specimens. The aim of this study(More)
©2018 Turkish League Against Rheumatism. All rights reserved. ABSTRACT Objectives: This study aims to analyze the distribution and clinicopathological characteristics of anti-aminoacyl-transfer ribonucleic acid (tRNA) synthetase (ARS) antibodies in rheumatoid arthritis patients. Patients and methods: We retrospectively studied the anti-ARS antibody levels(More)