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OBJECTIVES Because of its frequency and consequences on professional life, low back pain (LBP) represents a real health care problem. Our study is aimed at determining the prevalence of LBP among hospital staff, analyzing the medical and professional consequences as well as investigating into the factors associated to this health problem. METHODS We have(More)
Low back pain (LBP) in children was considered for many years to be a rare condition revealing a serious disease, but in the last two decades, epidemiological studies have shown that the prevalence of nonspecific LBP in children is high. This study was aimed at analyzing the prevalence, severity, consequences and associated factors of LBP in children. A(More)
INTRODUCTION The contribution of computed tomography (CT) to the assessment of rheumatoid lung disease is universally recognized. Our objective was to define the usefulness of high-resolution CT (HRCT) in evaluating lung abnormalities in unselected patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and to determine whether HRCT findings were correlated with clinical(More)
UNLABELLED As an extremely common symptom and major source of lost productivity, mechanical sciatica places a heavy burden on public health. METHODS We retrospectively reviewed 1092 medical records to determine the epidemiological, clinical, imaging study, and therapeutic characteristics of mechanical sciatica. We also looked for factors associated with(More)
BACKGROUND Disk-related sciatica (DRS) creates a public health burden because of its high incidence and considerable socioeconomic costs. We are not aware of previous epidemiological studies of the prevalence and risk factors of DRS in Tunisia or other Arab countries, and few studies have addressed these issues elsewhere. OBJECTIVES To determine the(More)
INTRODUCTION Whereas the systemic effects of glucocorticoid therapy have been extensively reported, little is known about those of local glucocorticoid injections. The objective of this study was to look for systemic effects of local glucocorticoid injections at two sites in diabetic and non-diabetic patients. METHODS We studied 29 patients (18 women and(More)
OBJECTIVE Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is the second most common chronic inflammatory joint disease after rheumatoid arthritis and causes substantial functional impairment, two features that generate a heavy socioeconomic burden. Here, our objective was to assess the socioeconomic impact of AS and to identify factors associated with higher costs. PATIENTS(More)
INTRODUCTION Secondary amyloidosis is a serious complication of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Symptoms are late to occur, so that screening is in order, most notably in patients with long-standing RA. The objectives of our study were to determine the prevalence of subclinical amyloidosis in RA patients by abdominal fat aspiration biopsy (AFAB) and minor(More)
BACKGROUND Outcome in multiple myeloma (MM) is very heterogeneous in survival and therapeutic response, constantly fatale despite her therapy progress. AIM To determine the prognostic factors and survival in MM. METHODS We carried out a transversal study of 100 patients in the rheumatology department of hospital Monastir between 1991 and 2010. In each(More)