Nurit Tweezer-Zaks

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Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) is a febrile disease characterized by acute, spontaneously resolving episodes of fever and pain caused by serosal inflammation and associated with mutations in the FMF gene, MEFV. Prophylaxis is maintained with colchicine. To our knowledge, no study has yet shown an association between FMF and cirrhosis of the liver. We(More)
OBJECTIVE Previous reports on interferon-alpha (IFN-alpha) were conflicting with respect to its efficacy in familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) refractory to colchicine treatment. We investigated the effect of IFN-alpha in patients with colchicine-resistant FMF. METHODS In a prospective, patient self-controlled, open-label study evaluating the safety and(More)
Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a multi-system disease characterized by skin fibrosis and visceral disease. Therapy is organ and pathogenesis targeted. In this review, we describe novel strategies in the treatment of SSc. Utilizing the MEDLINE and the COCHRANE REGISTRY, we identified open trials, controlled trials, for treatment of SSc from 1999 to April 2005.(More)
Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) can be either primary or secondary to autoimmune diseases, malignancies, infectious diseases, or drug-induced conditions. The aim of this study was to describe a novel overlap syndrome of APS and systemic sclerosis (SSc) in a case series. A retrospective review of medical files of hospitalized patients who were followed in(More)
OBJECT Gastrointestinal involvement in adult dermatomyositis (DM) and polymyositis (PM) is usually mild, resulting from myoenteric dismotility. Severe inflammation of the alimentary tract in cases of adult DM and PM is rare. The purpose of this study was to examine the prevalence and clinical characteristics of inflammatory gastrointestinal involvement in(More)
Haim-Munk and Papillon-Lefèvre are 2 closely related syndromes, inherited in an autosomal recessive pattern, manifested by palmoplantar keratoderma and early, destructive periodontitis. Recently, mutations in the cathepsin C gene have been recognized in both syndromes. We describe a patient with Haim-Munk syndrome (palmar plantar keratosis and(More)
Heart or heart-lung transplantations have only rarely been performed in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), who like other patients with multi-system autoimmune diseases are traditionally excluded from consideration for such transplantations. In view of the limited experience with heart transplantation in these patients, we report the(More)
BACKGROUND Benign prostatic hypertrophy is the most common benign tumor in males, resulting in prostatectomy in 20-30% of men who live to the age of 80. There are no data on the association of prostatectomy with autoimmune phenomena in the English-language medical literature. OBJECTIVES To report our experience with three patients who developed autoimmune(More)