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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)
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)
Peripheral neuropathy is an uncommon manifestation of systemic lupus erythematosus and has not yet been characterized in pediatric patients. We report the clinical and electrophysiologic features of peripheral neuropathy in one child and three adolescents with lupus erythematosus. There were three females and one male. The peripheral neuropathy followed the(More)
Efficacy and safety of canakinumab, a long acting fully human anti-Interleukin-1b antibody, in systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis with active systemic features: results from a phase III study Objectives To assess the efficacy and safety of canakinumab, in sys-temic juvenile idiopathic arthritis (sJIA) with active sys-temic features at enrollment.(More)