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This study seeks to estimate the status of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] in a healthy section of the population in Tunisia and to compare the achieved results with other published data. A transverse descriptive inquiry was carried out between January and March 2002. Three hundred and eighty-nine subjects aged 20–60 years were included in the study. A(More)
Inflammatory vasculitis of the central nervous system is exceedingly rare in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The symptoms may be misleading. Most of the reported cases occurred in males with long-standing, nodular, destructive, rheumatoid factor-positive disease. Severe constitutional symptoms and prominent extraarticular manifestations of(More)
It is a retrospective study, reviewing all cases of vertebral tuberculosis recorded between 1989 and 1999 in La Rabta Hospital (Tunis). 29 patients have been included whose average age was 49 years. The main symptoms which appeared within a average period of six months were vertebral pain, associated with fever in half of the cases. The diagnosis of(More)
Brucellosis is a zoonosis that affects several organs. The spine is the most common site of musculoskeletal involvement. However, multiple-level spinal involvement is rare in brucella spondylodiscitis. The authors report a case of a 56-year-old male shepherd who had developed a spondylodiscitis affecting simultaneously the cervical, thoracic and lumbar(More)
OBJECTIVE To study HLA class I and class II association in Tunisian patients with reactive (ReA) and undifferentiated arthritis (UA). METHODS The study included 17 patients with ReA defined according to the European Spondylarthropathy Study Group criteria for spondylarthropathy (SpA), 11 patients classified as having undifferentiated arthritis and 100(More)
Palmar fasciitis and arthritis was reported in association with several neoplasms and in particular with the cancers of the ovary. We report the case of a 37 year old patient who was hospitalized in our service for investigation of sever palmar fasciitis and to whom various investigations allowed to make the diagnosis of a light chains myeloma. Through the(More)
BACKGROUND Diagnosing early rheumatoid arthritis is difficult and radiographic signs are often late. MRI detects erosions at an early stage and visualizes synovitis, bone edema and tenosynovitis. AIM To assess the value of MRI for diagnosis of early forms of rheumatoid arthritis. METHODS Prospective study involving 20 patients who had non erosive(More)
The purpose of the present study is to investigate the frequency of HLA-B27 and its alleles in reactive arthritis (ReA) and in ankylosing spondylitis (AS) in Tunisia. HLA-B27 alleles were typed by PCR amplification with sequence-specific primers. We studied 17 patients with ReA associated with urethritis or with gastrointestinal infection; 42(More)
PURPOSE OF THE STUDY Osteoporotic fractures are an important public health problem due to significant morbidity and mortality and the socioeconomic burden. In Tunisia, the impact of such fractures is often underestimated due to lack of epidemiological data. We evaluated the prevalence of these fractures in a sample population at risk in order to better(More)
We aimed to determine the frequency of Chlamydia trachomatis DNA in the synovial compartment of 34 arthritic patients. Chlamydia trachomatis DNA was detected using a nested PCR targeting the cryptic plasmid, the 16S rRNA gene and the outer membrane protein 1 gene. The presence of serum immunoglobulin (Ig)G and IgA antibodies against C. trachomatis was(More)