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Systematic microanatomical analysis of CXCL13 and CCL21 in situ production and progressive lymphoid organization in rheumatoid synovitis
CXCL13 and CCL21 have been functionally implicated in lymphoid tissue organization both in the upstream phases of lymphoid tissue embryogenesis and in ectopic lymphoid neogenesis in transgenic mice.Expand
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Ultrasonographic evaluation of joint involvement in early rheumatoid arthritis in clinical remission: power Doppler signal predicts short-term relapse.
OBJECTIVES This study aimed to evaluate the usefulness of a systematic musculoskeletal ultrasonographic (US) assessment in the detection of residual disease activity in patients with early RA whoExpand
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Osteoarthritis: an overview of the disease and its treatment strategies.
Osteoarthritis (OA) is currently defined by the American College of Rheumatology as a "heterogeneous group of conditions that leads to joint symptoms and signs which are associated with defectiveExpand
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Reliability and validity of the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities (WOMAC) Osteoarthritis Index in Italian patients with osteoarthritis of the knee.
OBJECTIVE The Western Ontario and McMaster Universities (WOMAC) Osteoarthritis (OA) Index is a tested questionnaire to assess symptoms and physical functional disability in patients with OA of theExpand
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Prednisone plus methotrexate for polymyalgia rheumatica: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial.
BACKGROUND Steroids are the standard treatment for polymyalgia rheumatica. The efficacy of the candidate drug methotrexate has not yet been demonstrated in controlled studies. OBJECTIVE To compareExpand
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Impaired diastolic function in active rheumatoid arthritis. Relationship with disease duration.
OBJECTIVE Using digitized M-mode and Doppler echocardiography, we evaluated left ventricular (LV) function in 54 patients (43 women and 11 men; mean age 50 years) suffering from active rheumatoidExpand
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Validation of EULAR primary Sjögren's syndrome disease activity (ESSDAI) and patient indexes (ESSPRI)
Objectives To validate the two recently developed disease activity indexes for assessment of primary Sjögren's syndrome (SS): the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) SS Patient Reported IndexExpand
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Diagnostic value of procalcitonin measurement in febrile patients with systemic autoimmune diseases.
OBJECTIVE To determine the usefulness of plasma procalcitonin (PCT) measurement to suspect infectious etiology in febrile patients with systemic autoimmune disease. METHODS PCT, C-Reactive proteinExpand
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Comorbid conditions in the AMICA study patients: effects on the quality of life and drug prescriptions by general practitioners and specialists.
OBJECTIVE Osteoarthritis (OA) has been identified as the disease with the highest rate of comorbidities, which may increase the likelihood of disability. The AMICA study evaluated how the presence ofExpand
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Brief report: successful pregnancies but a higher risk of preterm births in patients with systemic sclerosis: an Italian multicenter study.
OBJECTIVE To assess fetal and maternal outcomes in women with systemic sclerosis (SSc). METHODS Prospectively collected data on 99 women with SSc from 25 Italian centers were analyzedExpand
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