Mostafa M. Ahmed

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Neuropathic pain is a common problem following spinal cord injury (SCI). Effective analgesic therapy has been hampered by the lack of knowledge about the mechanisms underlying post-SCI neuropathic pain. Current evidence suggests GABAergic spinal nociceptive processing is a critical functional node in this complex phenotype, representing a potential target(More)
Pulmonary manifestations of adult-onset Still’s disease (AOSD) include aseptic pneumonitis, pleural effusions, rarely acute respiratory distress syndrome, and restrictive lung disease. Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) occurs with several rheumatologic diseases, however, has only been reported once in AOSD. We describe a 29-year-old woman with a 9-year(More)
OBJECTIVE Sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) is standard of care for melanoma, but its role in cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC) has not been established. Study objectives include: (1) analyze the feasibility and reliability SLNB for head and neck (H&N) cSCC and (2) identify risk factors associated with a positive SLN. DATA SOURCES MEDLINE, PubMed,(More)
Synthetic cannabinoids were originally developed by academic and pharmaceutical laboratories with the hope of providing therapeutic relief from the pain of inflammatory and degenerative diseases. However, recreational drug enthusiasts have flushed the market with new strains of these potent drugs that evade detection yet endanger public health and safety.(More)
OBJECTIVE Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is associated with various autoimmune disorders and can mimic systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) clinically and serologically. There are few reports of prevalence of HCV infection in patients with SLE. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of HCV viremia by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in(More)
Sarcoidosis is a multisystem disease characterized by noncaseating granulomatous reaction frequently involving the lymph nodes, lungs, liver, skin, and eyes. Acute renal failure (ARF) as an isolated manifestation of sarcoidosis is rare. We describe a case of sarcoidosis presenting as transient polyarthritis and ARF due to isolated granulomatous infiltration(More)
OBJECTIVE SSI rates after gynecologic oncology surgery vary from 5% to 35%, but are up to 45% in patients with diabetes mellitus (DM). Strict postoperative glucose control by insulin infusion has been shown to lower morbidity, but not specifically SSI rates. Our project studied continuous postoperative insulin infusion for 24h for gynecologic oncology(More)
BACKGROUND CONTEXT There is increasing evidence for a role of the cannabinoid (CB) system in the development of neuropathic pain (NP) after spinal cord injury (SCI). The nonspecific CB₁ and CB₂ receptor agonists, WIN 55, 212-2 (WIN), have previously been shown to alleviate both mechanical and thermal hyperalgesia (TH) after peripheral nerve injury. (More)
High-dose corticosteroids (CS) are the mainstay of treatment for temporal (giant cell) arteritis (TA). A usually required long-term treatment with CS, ranging from 1 to 5 years or more, frequently leads to serious side effects in about 60% of patients. There is no conclusive evidence about the role of immunosuppressive agents like methotrexate and(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the impact of infliximab treatment on anticyclic citrullinated peptide (anti-CCP) antibody and rheumatoid factor (RF) levels in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS Sera from 33 RA patients receiving infliximab and disease modifying antirheumatic drugs were tested for anti-CCP antibody, IgA-, IgG- and IgM-RF using a(More)