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OBJECTIVES To investigate the clinical characteristics and outcomes of Takayasu's arteritis (TA) using standardized criteria for diagnosis, disease activity, and angiographic classification, and to identify the predictive factors for remission, angiographic progression, and mortality in patients with TA. METHODS One hundred and eight patients who(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether serum leptin levels are elevated in men with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and whether the levels correlate with serum cytokine profiles and disease activity of AS. METHODS Forty-two male patients with newly diagnosed AS were enrolled. Their Bath AS Disease Activity Index (BASDAI), body mass index (BMI), and acute phase(More)
This study was designed to investigate the risk of ovarian failure and the pregnancy outcomes in women treated with intravenous cyclophosphamide (IVCYC) pulse therapy for lupus nephritis. Sixty-seven women with proliferative lupus nephritis were studied. The clinical and laboratory data, SLEDAI and damage indices at IVCYC initiation, doses and numbers of(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine whether osteopontin (OPN) is increased in patients with AS and to investigate its relationship to inflammatory disease activity and bone remodelling process. METHODS This cross-sectional study included 30 patients with AS and 23 age- and sex-matched healthy controls. We assessed clinical characteristics and laboratory parameters(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the prevalence of anti-endothelial cell antibodies (AECA) and antiphospholipid antibodies, and the correlations of their isotype distributions and titers with disease activity in patients with Takayasu's arteritis (TA). METHODS Forty-seven patients with TA and 30 age- and sex-matched controls were studied. Blood samples were(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine the serum concentration of tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-related weak inducer of apoptosis (TWEAK) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and to investigate the relationship between TWEAK level and disease activity, proinflammatory cytokine levels, and response to anti-TNF treatment. METHODS Serum samples from 40 patients with(More)
Fourteen shoulders in 14 patients with minimally displaced fractures of the greater tuberosity of the proximal humerus were evaluated, at an average of 3 years, 7 months (range: 1 year to 6 years, 1 month) after the operation. For comparison this portion of the proximal humerus was measured using 100 Korean adult cadaveric humeri. The results of these(More)
To investigate whether the ratio of mitral peak velocity of early filling (E) to early diastolic mitral annular velocity (E') (E/E' ratio) can detect left ventricular diastolic dysfunction more sensitively than the ratio of E to mitral peak velocity of late filling (A) (E/A ratio) in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). A total of 137 patients with SLE were(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the association between angiogenic factor mRNA expression and disease activity and radiographic damage in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS We enrolled 42 RA patients and assessed their disease activity (DAS28) and Larsen scores. We used a semi-quantitative reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction to measure(More)
In this study, we investigated the HLA allele and haplotype frequencies, and the association of HLA alleles with serious complications and angiographic findings in Korean patients with Takayasu arteritis (TA) compared with healthy controls. Sixty-one patients (56 women, 5 men), diagnosed with TA between January 1995 and December 2005, were studied.(More)