Learn More
INTRODUCTION I n order to assess the value of using the methotrexate information booklet, we conducted a single blind prospective controlled trial of the patients attending two rheumatology services. METHODS The active-arm (n=40) used the MTX information booklet for the patients' education and the control-arm (n=38) did not. Patients' interviews were(More)
According to the International Headache Society, idiopathic stabbing headache (ISH), an indomethacin-responsive headache syndrome, is a paroxysmal disorder of short duration manifested as head pain occurring as a single stab or a series of stabs involving the area supplied in the distribution of the first division of the trigeminal nerve. Stabs last for(More)
The objectives of this study are to assess: (a) the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency among new patients attending rheumatology outpatient departments, (b) the age profile of these low vitamin D patients and (c) whether any diagnostic category had a particularly high number of vitamin D-deficient patients. All new patients seen consecutively in general(More)
BACKGROUND To identify cardiovascular and other comorbidities in a general rheumatology cohort. METHODS Interviews/retrospective chart audits were conducted on 1,000 patients attending rheumatology outpatient clinics of a university teaching hospital. Comorbidities were classified using the Charlson comorbidity index (Ambrose et al. in Ir J Med Sci(More)
BACKGROUND A 58-year-old woman presented with arthritis of the small joints of her hands and rapidly progressive joint contractures. She was wheelchair bound within 2 months of the onset of her symptoms. Physical examination revealed synovitis of the small joints of her hands and palmar fasciitis. The patient had been diagnosed with pancreatic carcinoma(More)