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Our aim in this study was to compare the depression and anxiety risk in patients with AS and healthy controls and also to determine the relationship between disease activity, quality of life and psychological well-being. Two hundred and forty-three patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and 118 age-, sex- and education-matched healthy controls were(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)
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)
OBJECTIVE We investigated serum levels of soluble intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (sICAM-1) and the activity of extracellular superoxide dismutase (EC-SOD) in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). We also considered whether there was a correlation between sICAM-1 and EC-SOD and disease activity. METHODS Levels of sICAM-1 were measured in serum from 42 patients(More)
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)
OBJECTIVE Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic and disabling disease frequently effects physical and psychological well being. The aim of the present study was to determine the impact of psychological status on health related quality of life in patients with RA and also to assess which quality of life (QoL) instrument - disease specific and generic - is(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)
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)
AIM   Physiotherapy is an integral part of the management of ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and there is a need for recommendations which focus on the rehabilitation of patients with AS. We aimed to develop recommendations for the physical therapy and rehabilitation of patients with AS based on the evidence and expertise. METHODS   The Anatolian Group for(More)