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The aim of this study was to investigate possible differences in the frequencies of alleles at the HLA loci and at microsatellite loci within the HLA region among patients suffering from psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and healthy controls. Fifty-eight Croatian PsA patients (28 male and 30 female) and 157 healthy unrelated controls were typed for HLA alleles (A,(More)
The differences in amino acid residues of HLA-B27 subtypes are minor, but may play role in pathogenesis of ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Aim of this study was to investigate of frequency of B27 subtypes in Croatian AS patients and B27 positive healthy controls. Group of 50 AS patients and 38 B27 positive controls were typed for B27 subtypes by PCR-SSP(More)
The main aim was to gain structured insight into the use of musculoskeletal ultrasonography (MSUS) in routine rheumatology practices in Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries. In a cross-sectional, observational, international, multicenter survey, a questionnaire was sent to investigational sites in CEE countries. Data on all subsequent routine MSUS(More)
AIM To evaluate the inter- and intraobserver agreement of a group of European rheumatologist ultrasonographers in grading musculoskeletal ultrasound videoclips posted on the Internet by using a non-sophisticated electronic environment. METHODS Forty short movie clips (less than 30 secs) were made available over the Internet to all participants. Normal and(More)
Antibodies against mutated citrullinated vimentin (anti-MCV) are of a comparable diagnostic value in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) as antibodies targeting citrullinated peptides (anti-CCP). Anti-CCP are present in up to 15% of psoriatic arthritis (PsA) patients, while the prevalence of anti-MCV in PsA patients has been poorly investigated. The aim of the(More)
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of small joints of the hands and feetis still "the gold standard" in detecting early inflammatory changes in the patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Radiographic assessment has only limited value in early diagnostic of RA. The limited accessibility of MRI makes both ultrasound (US) and Power Doppler (PD) of small joints(More)
This case report presents a patient with long-lasting rheumatoid arthritis (RA) of fourth clinical grade, having ocular complications. RA was diagnosed according to current modified ARA criteria from 1987. Upon admission to the Department of Ophthalmology clinical examination revealed anterior ischaemic optic neuropathy (AION), which is not characteristic(More)
The study of 60 outpatients with clinical diagnosis of the osteoarthritis (OA) of the knees is performed. Measured parameters were: general demographic data, clinical data and standard radiographic x-ray of knees in standing position, graduated by Kellgren and Lawrence clasificiation from 0-4. The aim of this study was to establish clinical and radiographic(More)