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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Measurement of the femoral cartilage thickness by using in-vivo musculoskeletal ultrasonography (MSUS) has been previously shown to be a valid and reliable method in previous studies; however, to our best notice, normative data has not been provided before in the healthy population.The aim of our study was to provide normative data(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to assess the point prevalences of hay fever, asthma, and atopic dermatitis in OA, RA, and AS, and to compare with healthy controls. METHODS A total of 935 patients and healthy controls were included. Demographic and clinical features were recorded, and a questionnaire assessing the existence of atopic disorders like(More)
OBJECTIVES The aims of this study were to investigate a possible relationship between the Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index (BASDAI) and some acute phase reactant (APR) levels in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS). METHODS Twenty outpatients who fulfilled the modified New York criteria for AS were included in the study. Laboratory(More)
Serum levels of acute phase reactants (APR) were measured in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and the correlations of these parameters with the disease activity score (DAS28) were investigated. The study included 47 patients with RA and 50 healthy controls. Laboratory tests included erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), serum C-reactive protein(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the frequency of juvenile onset ankylosing spondylitis (JOAS) in Turkish patients with AS and to compare with adult onset AS (AOAS) in a cross-sectional study design. METHODS A total of 322 patients were recruited from the joint database of 5 university hospitals in eastern Turkey. RESULTS Patients with JOAS (n = 43, 13.4%) had(More)
OBJECTIVES To investigate discrimination ability of the Assessment of Spondyloarthritis International Society (ASAS) endorsed disease activity score (ASDAS) versions evaluating low and high disease activity in an unselected group of patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS). METHODS Patients consecutively included into the joint database of five(More)
The fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a chronic, widespread pain disorder of unknown etiology. It has been suggest that familial component, environmental factors, endocrine and neurotransmitter alterations, and psychological factors may contribute to the development of FMS. The role of melatonin in FMS is unclear. Some studies describe a lower nocturnal peak(More)
BACKGROUND Recently, it has been recognized that vitamin D not only is important for calcium metabolism and maintenance of bone healthy, but also plays an important role in reducing risk of many chronic diseases including rheumatoid arthritis (RA), systemic lupus erythematosus, insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, multiple sclerosis, several cancers, heart(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this, open-label, non-comparative study, was to evaluate the efficacy on quality of life and the efficacy of gabapentin monotherapy in patients with chronic radiculopathy. METHODS Thirty-five patients with radicular pain and diagnosed as L4, L5 or S1 radiculopathy were treated with oral gabapentin from a total of 300 mg per day(More)
Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) is an autosomal, recessively inherited multisystem disease that affects various groups of people originating from the Mediterranean Sea region, most specifically those of Jewish, Turkish, Armenian, and Arabic ethnicity. Recurrent attacks of fever and sterile polyserositis of the peritoneum, synovial membranes, and pleura(More)