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OBJECTIVES The aims of this study were to describe the clinical features of periodic fever, aphthous stomatitis, pharyngitis and cervical adenitis (PFAPA) and identify distinct phenotypes in a large cohort of patients from different countries. METHODS We established a web-based multicentre cohort through an international collaboration within the periodic(More)
Spatial summation of thermal pain crosses dermatomal boundaries. In this study we examined whether a vibrational stimulus applied to adjacent or remote dermatomes affects thermal pain perception to the volar forearm. Contact heat at 2 degrees C above thermal pain threshold was applied, and a Visual Analog Scale (VAS) was used for pain assessment. We found a(More)
OBJECTIVES To validate the previously proposed classification criteria for Henoch-Schönlein purpura (HSP), childhood polyarteritis nodosa (c-PAN), c-Wegener granulomatosis (c-WG) and c-Takayasu arteritis (c-TA). METHODS Step 1: retrospective/prospective web-data collection for children with HSP, c-PAN, c-WG and c-TA with age at diagnosis <or=18 years.(More)
OBJECTIVE Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) is an autosomal recessive hereditary disease which primarily affects non-Ashkenazi Jews, Armenians, Arabs, and Turks. The gene responsible for the disease (MEFV/FMF) has been recently identified. Four common mutations in exon 10 of the MEFV gene seem to account for 86% of the DNA variations identified in patients(More)
Prolidase deficiency (PD) is a rare, pan-ethnic, autosomal recessive disease with a broad phenotypic spectrum. Seventeen causative mutations in the PEPD gene have been reported worldwide. The purpose of this study is to characterize, clinically and molecularly, 20 prolidase deficient patients of Arab Moslem and Druze origin from 10 kindreds residing in(More)
An empirical model is proposed and tested on variables hypothesized to influence functional status in 23 children with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis experiencing chronic musculoskeletal pain. Child psychological adjustment, family psychosocial environment, chronic musculoskeletal pain, and disease activity were entered into multiple regression analyses to(More)
INTRODUCTION Prolidase deficiency (PD) is a rare autosomal recessive disorder which may have a wide spectrum of clinical features. These features include a characteristic facies, cognitive impairment, rashes or skin ulceration, splenomegaly, recurrent infections involving mainly the respiratory system, and iminodipeptiduria. The disorder is caused by a(More)
Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is the most common autoimmune inflammatory disease in children; joint inflammation is the hallmark of the disease. Thirty-five children with JIA were studied, of whom 26 had active disease and 14 were receiving anti-TNF therapy (5 with Infliximab, 9 with Etanercept). Sixteen healthy controls also were studied. Saliva(More)
BACKGROUND Canakinumab is a human anti-interleukin-1β (IL-1β) monoclonal antibody neutralizing IL-1β-mediated pathways. We sought to characterize the molecular response to canakinumab and evaluate potential markers of response using samples from two pivotal trials in systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis (SJIA). METHODS Gene expression was measured in(More)