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OBJECTIVE To find the prevalence of musculoskeletal complaints and rheumatic disorders in Iran. METHODS Tehran, with one-ninth of the population of Iran and of mixed ethnic origins, was selected as the field. Subjects were randomly selected from the 22 districts. Interviews were conducted once a week, on the weekend. The 3 phases of stage 1 were done on(More)
We presented a 34-year-old woman with blurred vision and inability to walk due to acute optic neuritis and transverse myelitis, neuromyelitis optica (Devic's syndrome), for an interesting presentation of this syndrome with proteinuria as the first manifestation of systemic lupus erythematosus.
This study was conducted to determine the prevalence of oral aphthosis in a normal population in Iran, using the data of the WHO-ILAR COPCORD study in Iran. We conducted this study in Tehran, the capital of Iran which was selected as the COPCORD study field. In 22 districts of Tehran, 50 clusters were randomly selected. Of the selected houses, 4,096(More)
To assess the frequency of hyperprolactinaemia and its possible clinical significance in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). In this cross-sectional study, we determined serum prolactin (PRL) levels in 60 SLE female patients (age range 15-60 years). Disease activity was defined according to the Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Disease Activity(More)
A 24-h urinary protein is a standard way to diagnose lupus nephritis. Assessment of protein-creatinine (Pr-Cr) ratio in morning spot urine is a valuable method in diabetic patients but not use in systemic lupus erythematous (SLE) patients routinely. In this study Pr-Cr ratio in spot urine was compare with 24-h urine protein; if they have valuable(More)
This study aimed to determine the correlation between of ESR, C3, C4, anti-DNA, and lupus activity and also the construct and criterion validity of the British Isles Lupus Assessment Group (BILAG) index for assessing disease activity in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Patients with SLE were recruited into a cross-sectional study. Data were analyzed for(More)
Atherosclerosis has a high prevalence in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients and vascular endothelial dysfunction is the earliest stage of atherosclerosis. The aim of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of vascular endothelial dysfunction and its risk factors in SLE patients and to identify its correlation with disease activity, duration and(More)
BACKGROUND This study aimed to determine the value of damage index in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and the association between damage index and disease severity, flare up numbers, disease duration, and antiphospholipid antibodies. METHODS Eighty patients with systemic lupus erythematosus were included. The damage was measured using the(More)
*Corresponding author: Dr. Mansoor Karimifar, Department of Rheumatology, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran. Telephone: 00983112235043, Fax: 00983112235043, E-mail: mansoor_karimifar@yahoo.com. ranulomatosis with polyangiitis (Wegener’s) is a kind of vasculitis with involvement of upper and lower respiratory tracts and glomerulonephritis(More)
BACKGROUND Diagnosis and treatment of neuropsychiatric lupus is still a major challenge in clinical practice. We investigated the association between depression and anti-ribosomal P (anti-P) antibodies in a sample of Iranian patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). MATERIALS AND METHODS This cross-sectional study was conducted on adult patients(More)