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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.
BACKGROUND Selenium, like other trace elements and antioxidant enzymes, is known as an antioxidant and immunomodulator trace element. Due to recent evidence for selenium deficiency in Behcet's syndrome, this study is to evaluate the correlation of serum selenium level with Behcet's disease (BD). MATERIALS This case-control study was conducted on 46 BD(More)
BACKGROUND The role of obesity in clinical curse of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is not clear. We investigated the association of obesity and adiposity with disease activity and clinical response to combination therapy in RA patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS Active RA patients with the disease activity score using 28 joint counts (DAS28) > 2.6 were studied.(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)
To determine the efficacy of oral vitamin D [25(OH)D] in patients with active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who are in methotrexate (MTX) therapy, patients receiving stable doses of MTX were randomized to one of two dose groups and received 12 weeks of double-blind vitamin D[25(OH)D] (50,000 IU per week) or matching placebo. The moderate and major efficacy(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with rheumatoid arthritis may be resistant to conventional treatment with disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs). On the other hand, biologic therapy is costly and may be inconvenient for many patients. Pamidronate is a potent bisphosphonate with the capacity of modifying the biological activity of the immune system cells. It may(More)
BACKGROUND Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is one of the most frequent autoimmune diseases in the world which affect about 1% of people. Measurement of the anti-CCP1 antibody titer in these patients is one of the new tests that is available in our country and in the multiple studies has been shown to be more specific than rheumatoid factor in the diagnosis of RA(More)
AIM We decided to determine the effectiveness of oral bromocriptine in patients with active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who are in methotrexate (MTX) therapy. METHODS Patients receiving stable doses of MTX were randomized to one of two groups and received 3 months of double-blind bromocriptine (5 mg/day) or matching placebo. The moderate and major outcome(More)
OBJECTIVE Recently, adenosine deaminase (ADA) is introduced as helpful marker in diagnosis, prognosis, and monitoring of treatment in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The aim of this study was to determine the efficacy of the serum ADA in diagnosis, prognosis, and monitoring of treatment with methotrexate (MTX) in RA. METHODS This was a self-controlled clinical(More)