Orhan Kücüksahin

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OBJECTIVES Behçet's disease (BD) is a chronic, multisystemic disorder characterised by recurrent oral aphtous ulcers, genital ulcers and ocular inflammation. Vasculitis and thrombotic events are the most important causes of mortality. Vena cava thrombosis, pulmonary artery aneurysms, Budd-Chiari syndrome, peripheral artery aneurysms, dural sinus thrombosis(More)
We present three patients with Behçet's disease associated with intracardiac thrombus and pulmonary vascular involvement. One of these patients had also Budd-Chiari syndrome. All patients were treated with corticosteroid plus monthly intravenous cyclophosphamide as first line treatment and with no recurrences. Immunosuppressive therapy was successful in the(More)
The relationship between brucellosis and p-antinuclear cytoplasmic antibody (p-ANCA)-associated vasculitis (pAAV) is a rare condition. Herein, we report a 52-year-old man who was diagnosed as rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis (RPGN) and endocarditis due to brucellosis. He was treated with antimicrobial agents, steroids, plasmapheresis, renal(More)
AIM In systemic sclerosis (SSc), this single-centre study aimed to define the frequency and association of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), occurring either alone in SSc-PAH or together with interstitial lung disease (ILD-PH). MATERIAL-METHODS SSc cases between the years 1990-2011 were reviewed, retrospectively. Patients' clinical, laboratory(More)
We report the case of a 38-year-old female patient with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and Jaccoud arthritis (JA) that sequentially developed digital ischemic lesions of the hands. In spite of follow-up treatment with glucocorticoids, immunosuppressant, antiaggregant, and potent vasodilatator agents, a serious progression to digital gangrene over a(More)
We report the case of a male patient with limited cutaneous systemic sclerosis (SSc) that was complicated with severe digital ischemia, resistant to medical treatment. Due to the lack of treatment response, further laboratory and imaging studies were conducted. Findings were compatible with antiphospholipid syndrome and oral warfarin was added to the(More)
Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF), affecting people of Mediterranean origin, is an endemic and sometimes problematic disease because of colchicine resistance/intolerance, with relative lack of treatment alternatives, and disease- or treatment-related issues, such as subfertility. Anakinra, being a rational and effective treatment alternative, has no(More)
In this multicenter, retrospective study, we evaluated the efficacy and safety of biologic therapies, including anti-TNFs, in secondary (AA) amyloidosis patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In addition, the frequency of secondary amyloidosis in RA and AS patients in a single center was estimated. Fifty-one AS (39M, 12F,(More)
1Department of Internal Medicine, Medical Faculty of Ankara University, Ankara, Turkey 2Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, Medical Faculty of Cumhuriyet University, Sivas, Turkey 3Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, Medical Faculty of Yıldırım Beyazıt University, Ankara, Turkey 4Department of Internal Medicine,(More)
AIM Cardiovascular (CV) disease is the reason for most mortality cases in RA and cannot be explained only by the presence of traditional CV risk factors. In this study, we aimed to investigate the relationship between local carotid stiffness (CS) parameters measured by a novel ultrasound method and inflammatory disease activity in rheumatoid arthritis (RA)(More)