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Sir, The recently published paper of Caramaschi et al. [1], who reported very low levels of vitamin D in systemic sclerosis (SSc), prompted us to report our data. We studied the serum levels of vitamin D in a cohort of 43 North Italian patients with SSc (age 61±14 years, 42 females, 29 with limited SSc, 11 with diffuse SSc, three with SSc sine scleroderma).(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify clinical and/or laboratory characteristics that could be risk factors for myocardial microvascular involvement in patients with SSc. METHODS Twenty-one SSc patients, clinically silent for cardiovascular disease, were consecutively evaluated for myocardial perfusion defects through 99m-Tc sestamibi gated myocardial perfusion SPECT(More)
INTRODUCTION The risk of cancer with the use of biologic agents in rheumatic diseases is still a matter of debate. Published data suggest that the extent of cancer risk might differ according to the type of cancer, and there is recent clinical evidence for a significant increased risk for skin cancer, including melanoma. In contrast with the extensive(More)
To review recent advances and current controversies on the association between systemic sclerosis (SSc) and cancer, PUBMED was searched from 1966 to the present using the terms: systemic sclerosis, cancer, morphoea, sclerotic diseases. Malignancies, mainly in lung and breast, coexist with idiopathic SSc or with SSc-like disorders, but not with localized(More)
OBJECTIVES This study describes clinical characteristics, prognostic factors, and quality of life in patients with newly diagnosed (incident) digital ulcers (DU). METHODS Observational cohort study of 189 consecutive SSc patients with incident DU diagnosis identified from the EUSTAR database (22 centres in 10 countries). Data were collected from medical(More)
Nailfold videocapillaroscopy (NVC) identifies the microvascular hallmarks of systemic sclerosis (SSc) and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and may play a pivotal role in the associated vasculopathy. The aim of the present study was to compare NVC alterations with clinical subsets, internal organ involvement, and serum VEGF levels in a cohort of(More)
Sir, The recently published paper of Habib and Safia [1] on the effect of intra-articular corticosteroid injections (IASI) on glucose blood levels prompted us to report our data. We studied 16 patients who needed IASI for inflammatory arthritis; 12 were non-diabetic subjects (age 58±14 years, mean ± SD, two men and ten women) and four patients had diabetes(More)
disease activity after dose reduction regained low disease activity after returning to the standard dose. The study by van Herwaarden et al. paved the way for further investigation on the effectiveness of reduced-dose TCZ in clinical practice. At our center, we conducted a small pilot, descriptive-only observation in ten RA patients who were under therapy(More)