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The Drug Reaction with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptom (DRESS) is a severe adverse drug-induced reaction. Diagnosing DRESS is challenging due to the diversity of cutaneous eruption and organs involved. We used the RegiSCAR scoring system that grades DRESS cases as "no," "possible," "probable," or "definite" to classify cases reported in the literature. We(More)
OBJECTIVE A number of open-label studies have suggested the potential benefit of rituximab (RTX) in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). However, in 2 recent randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of RTX, the primary end points were not met. We undertook this study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of RTX in off-trial patients with SLE seen in regular(More)
OBJECTIVE Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a connective tissue disease characterized by generalized microangiopathy leading to chronic hypoxia. The aim of this study was to determine whether polymorphisms of the hypoxia-inducible factor 1A gene (HIF1A) affects susceptibility to SSc in a large French European Caucasian population. METHODS A case-control study(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the prevalence of anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (anti-CCP) and anti-keratin antibodies (AKA) in patients with primary Sjögren's syndrome. METHODS 149 patients with a diagnosis of primary Sjögren's syndrome according to the European/American consensus criteria were recruited from three French medical centres. The presence of(More)
INTRODUCTION There is a lack of consensus about the definition of flare of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and a measurement tool. OBJECTIVES To develop a self-administered tool integrating the perspectives of the patient and the rheumatologist, enabling the detection of present or recent-past RA flare. METHODS The patient perspective was explored by(More)
OBJECTIVES To compare the performance of anticitrullinated peptides/protein antibodies (ACPA) detected by three immunoassays in the French ESPOIR cohort of patients with early rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and undifferentiated arthritis (UA) and to study the relationship between ACPA and disease activity. METHODS A diagnosis of RA (1987 American College of(More)
OBJECTIVE To study the value of antibodies to citrullinated proteins/peptides for predicting joint outcomes in patients with recent onset rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS 191 patients with RA onset within the past year were followed up prospectively for five years. Serum samples obtained from 145 patients at baseline before disease modifying(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine prognostic factors for remission in early rheumatoid arthritis. METHODS 191 patients with rheumatoid arthritis whose disease duration was less than one year were followed up prospectively for five years. Remission, defined by a disease activity score (DAS) of <1.6, was used as the outcome measure. Baseline clinical, laboratory,(More)
Spinal tuberculosis (TB) accounts for about 2% of all cases of TB. New methods of diagnosis such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or percutaneous needle biopsy have emerged. Two distinct patterns of spinal TB can be identified, the classic form, called spondylodiscitis (SPD) in this article, and an increasingly common atypical form characterized by(More)