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Quality of life encompasses the net effects that a patient perceives an illness to have on his or her life. Quality of life commonly includes symptoms, physical functioning, work ability, social interaction, psychological functioning, treatment side effects, and financial costs. In ankylosing spondylitis, although symptoms of pain, stiffness, and fatigue(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify ankylosing spondylitis (AS)-associated copy number variations (CNVs) in Korean subjects and their synergistic roles in the development of AS. METHODS A genome-wide association study (GWAS) was performed in 309 patients with AS and 309 control subjects, using a copy number variant (CNV) microarray. AS-associated CNV regions were(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the association between cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) genotypes and risk and severity of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in a Korean population. METHODS A total of 258 Korean patients with RA and 400 control subjects were recruited from Hanyang University Hospital. Subjects were genotyped for the -765G/C polymorphism of the COX-2 gene by(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the clinical utility of the electrically calculated quantitative pain degree (QPD) and to correlate it with subjective assessments of pain degree including a visual analogue scale (VAS) and the McGill Pain Questionnaire (MPQ). METHODS We recruited 25 patients with low back pain. Of them, 21 patients suffered from low back pain for(More)
Retropharyngeal calcific tendinitis is defined as inflammation of the longus colli muscle and is caused by the deposition of calcium hydroxyapatite crystals, which usually involves the superior oblique fibers of the longus colli muscle from C1-3. Diagnosis is usually made by detecting amorphous calcification and prevertebral soft tissue swelling on(More)
[Purpose] The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) D2 flexion and breathing exercises in a patient with lymphedema (LE). [Subject] This report describes a 57-year-old woman with LE in whom a short-stretch compression bandage (SSCB) could not be used for treatment because of skin itching and(More)
OBJECTIVES Although ankylosing spondylitis (AS) primarily affects the axial skeleton, peripheral arthritis occurs in up to 35% of cases. Anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (anti-CCP) antibodies are highly specific for rheumatoid arthritis, whereas their role in AS remains unclear. In this study we aimed to assess the prevalence of anti-CCP antibodies in AS(More)
OBJECTIVE To offer the basic data about the causes and distribution of hand tingling, symptoms and physical findings, and pressure pain threshold in desk workers. METHODS Five physiatrists participated in the screening test composed of history and physical examination. A total of 876 desk workers were evaluated and of them 37 subjects with hand tingling(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the effect of an arm sling on gait speed and energy efficiency of patients with hemiplegia. DESIGN A randomized crossover design. SETTING A rehabilitation department of a university hospital. SUBJECTS Thirty-seven outpatients with hemiplegia were included in this study. INTERVENTIONS All patients walked on a 20-m walkway twice(More)
OBJECTIVE To reveal the relationship between depression and WMSD. METHOD Five physiatrists participated in the workplace musculoskeletal survey and diagnosed 724 office workers with WMSD by performing detailed history taking and physical examination. All subjects were asked to answer the Korean version of the Beck depressive inventory (K-BDI), and to(More)