Necati Çakir

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We determined the frequency of thyroid autoantibodies in fibromyalgia (FM) patients and the relationship between FM symptoms and these antibodies. Euthyroid 128 FM patients, 64 rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients, and 64 healthy control subjects were included in the study. The sociodemographic features and the clinical features of FM patients were(More)
OBJECTIVES In this study, we aimed to evaluate the frequency of purified protein derivative (PPD) skin test positivity and associated clinical features in RA patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS We included 94 (80 F, 14 M, mean age: 55.8) consecutive RA patients with a disease duration of 8.7 years. PPD test was performed in all RA patients; clinical features(More)
OBJECTIVES We determined the relationship between the menstrual cycle and fibromyalgia (FM) symptoms in premenopausal women. In addition, we compared the clinical features of FM patients diagnosed pre-and postmenopausally. METHODS We included 80 premenopausal, and 72 postmenopausal patients with FM. All patients were questioned about the severity of their(More)
Atherosclerotic cardiovascular mortality is increased in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. We evaluated the association of inflammatory response with platelet, endothelial, coagulation activation parameters; and subclinical atherosclerosis in RA patients. We included 27 RA patients (21 female; six male) and 19 healthy subjects (14 female; five male).(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the role of color and duplex Doppler ultrasound (CDDUS) in the detection of sacroiliac (SI) and spinal inflammation, as well as response to anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF) therapy in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS). METHODS We included 39 consecutive patients with AS followed at our center and 14 healthy controls. In(More)
OBJECTIVE We evaluated the efficacy of sonographically guided percutaneous injection of ethanol as an alternative to surgery and administration of radioiodine, which have a higher risk of complications, for treatment of autonomously functioning thyroid nodules that may develop hyperthyroidism. SUBJECTS AND METHODS Sixteen patients between 23 and 67 years(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the difference in acute phase protein responses between patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and spondyloarthropathies (SpA). METHODS Circulating levels of cytokines inducing the production of acute phase proteins such as interleukin (IL)-6, IL-1 beta, and tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha,(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the performance of the new 2012 provisional European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR)/American College of Rheumatology (ACR) polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) clinical classification criteria in discriminating PMR from other mimicking conditions compared with the previous 5 diagnostic criteria in a multicenter prospective study. METHODS(More)
The cutaneous response to intradermal injection of monosodium urate crystals was investigated in 97 patients with Behçet's syndrome in Turkey and 14 in the United Kingdom, and in 82 healthy and 88 diseased controls. Urate crystals produced an increased erythematous response in patients compared with controls in both countries. This response was different(More)
OBJECTIVE In this study, we evaluated clinical and epidemiologic features of our giant cell arteritis (GCA) and polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) patients. METHODS We retrospectively recorded down the general features of patients with GCA and PMR diagnosed at our center within the last 6 years. The incidence rates per 100000 aged > or =50 were calculated. In(More)