Nilgun Ustun

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OBJECTIVE To determine the serum Dickkopf-related protein 1 (Dkk-1) and sclerostin levels, and their relationship to structural damage and disease activity in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS), as well as to compare the serum Dkk-1 and sclerostin levels in patients receiving and not receiving anti-TNF-a treatment. MATERIALS AND METHOds: This(More)
Pulmonary involvement seen in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and ankylosing spondylitis (AS) has been detected increasingly by using highly sensitive diagnostic techniques such as high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT). However, HRCT findings in healthy controls and the effects of smoking and drugs have not been well studied. The aim of this controlled study(More)
The aim of this study is to investigate whether eutectic mixture of local anesthetics (EMLA) cream phonophoresis superior to conventional US over the trigger points (TPs) in terms of improvements of pain, range of motion and disability in myofascial pain syndrome (MPS). Fifty patients (42 female, 8 male) diagnosed with MPS were included in the study.(More)
BACKGROUND Sensitive muscle strength tests are needed to measure muscle strength in the diagnosis and management of sciatica patients. OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to assess the isokinetic muscle strength in sciatica patients' and control subjects' ankles that exhibited normal ankle muscle strength when measured clinically. METHODS Forty-six(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the distal femoral cartilage thickness of patients with sickle cell disease (SCD) with those of healthy subjects using ultrasonography. METHODS The study comprised 30 patients with SCD (16 male, 14 female; mean age, 30.1 years) and 30 age- and sex-matched healthy subjects. Demographic features and medications of the patients were(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate left ventricular systolic and diastolic function using speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) in order to detect subclinical left ventricular dysfunction in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Twenty-six AS patients (age 43.7 ± 11.8 years, disease duration 11.83 ± 10.98 years) and 26 healthy controls, matched(More)
Joint cracking involves a manipulation of the finger joints resulting in an audible crack. This study aimed to determine whether habitual knuckle cracking (KC) leads to an alteration in grip strength and metacarpal head (MH) cartilage thickness. Thirty-five habitual knuckle crackers (cracking their joints ≥5times/day) (20 M, 15 F, aged 19-27 years) and 35(More)
Osteoporosis, the most common bone disorder affecting humans, is a progressive, asymptomatic skeletal disease characterized by low bone density and deterioration of bone microarchitecture, resulting in a loss of bone strength, increased bone fragility and an increased risk of fractures. Osteoporotic fractures typically occur at the hip, forearm and(More)
This study was conducted to compare mean platelet volume (MPV) in ankylosing spondylitis (AS) patients with that of healty controls, analyze the effect of disease status and presence of traditional cardiovascular risk factors (CRF) such as smoking, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, diabetes and obesity. Retrospectively, 152 patients with AS were included. The(More)
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