Rafik Zouari

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BACKGROUND It is well documented that in early rheumatoid arthritis, anti-CCP antibodies have better diagnostic value than rheumatoid factors and anti-keratin antibodies. However, their role is less well defined in patients with established or long duration disease. AIM To evaluate and to compare diagnostic performances of anti- CCP, anti-keratin, IgM and(More)
Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) and its co-receptor CD14 play a major role in innate immunity by recognizing PAMPs and signal the activation of adaptive responses. These receptors can recognize endogenous ligands mainly auto-antigens. In addition, TLR4 (Asp299Gly) and CD14 (C/T -159) polymorphisms (SNPs) may modify qualitatively and/or quantitatively their(More)
BACKGROUND Osteoid osteoma is one of the unusual causes of musculoskeletal pain. Its diagnosis is usually not difficult in classic diaphyseal localization. However, the diagnosis of juxta or intraarticular osteoid osteoma is challenging because of atypical clinical presentation responsible for long diagnosis delay. AIM Report a new case. CASE REPORT We(More)
BACKGROUND Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disorder of unknown cause that is notorious for the chronic polyarticular synovial inflammation and progressive destruction of affected joints. Understanding the pathogenesis of RA provides the basis for optimal management of that disease in patients. The pathogenesis of RA was largely explored(More)
This study aimed to investigate HLA-DRB1 alleles in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients from Tunisia and to examine the effect of these alleles on disease severity. HLA-DRBI alleles and sub-typing of DRBI*04 and *01 were determined in 90 patients and 100 healthy controls, by PCR-SSP. HLA-DRB1*04 was significantly higher in patients (51.1%) than in controls(More)
Fourteen patients (12 men, 2 women) with spondyloarthropathies underwent bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL), transbronchial biopsy (TBB) and other respiratory investigations. BAL revealed lymphocytosis and increased nonaltered neutrophil polynuclears in a smoker and an isolated lymphocytosis in one patient with restrictive syndrome and radiographic apical(More)
Trochanteric tuberculosis represents less than 2% of all musculo-skeletal tuberculosis. The diagnosis is difficult especially if abscess and fistula are missing. The authors report 3 cases of trochanteric tuberculosis. The diagnosis was established, respectively, 4, 9 months and 1 year after the beginning of the symptoms. The tuberculosis was plurifocal in(More)
The authors report a case of cervical intramedullary lipoma extending into the bulbomedullary junction. 99 cases of cervical and/or dorsal intramedullary lipomas without spinal dysraphism, reported since 1884, are reviewed. There is poor correlation between lipoma's length and age of onset. Only lipoma extended to all the spinal cord begin in the first(More)
To investigate a possible association between functional polymorphisms of the protein tyrosine phosphatase nonreceptor type 22 (PTPN22-R620W) and receptors for the Fc fragment of IgG (FcgRIIa-H131R, FcgRIIIa-F158V FcgRIIIb-NA1/NA2), and rheumatoid arthritis (RA), 133 Tunisian patients with RA and 100 controls were genotyped. We found strong evidence of an(More)
We report a case of osteoid osteoma of the olecranon which developed in the greater sigmoid cavity. The patient was a 22-year-old male who complained of arthritic-like symptoms limited to the elbow joint and progressing for three years. Rheumatoid arthritis then tuberculosis were entertained as possible diagnoses. The diagnosis of osteoid osteoma was not(More)