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OBJECTIVE To determine the prevalence of chronic arthritis with special reference to rheumatoid arthritis. METHOD A cross-sectional study was performed during the years 1990 and 1991 in a randomly selected sample of the urban population of Belgrade. RESULTS Out of 2184 participants, > or = 20 yr old, surveyed by questionnaire, 756 (34.6%) reported(More)
To assess the prognostic value of scleroderma pattern of nailfold capillary changes for the development of connective tissue diseases (CTD) in subjects with primary Raynaud’s phenomenon (RP). The study included 3,029 consecutive patients with primary RP who had been followed at 6-month intervals during the mean of 4.8 years. The pathological features of(More)
Clinical features of 40 lymphoproliferative neoplasm patients in the setting of systemic autoimmune diseases managed in the Clinic of Hematology during 1994-2006 were analyzed retrospectively. The classification of systemic autoimmune disease patients was as follows: 15 systemic lupus erythematosus--SLE, 11 rheumatoid arthritis--RA, 12 Sjögren's(More)
To assess the prognostic value of the age at onset of Raynaud’s (RP) and of a history of exacerbation of RP attacks for the development of connective tissue disease (CTD) in patients initially found to have primary Raynaud’s. 3,035 patients with primary RP (2,702 women and 333 men) were followed for an average of 4.8 years (range from 1 to 10 years). At(More)
To assess the prognostic value of capillaroscopy findings for the development of connective tissue disease in children and adolescents with Raynaud phenomenon, we followed up a group of 250 (mean age 15 years) for 1 to 6 years after the first capillaroscopy was performed. Every 6 months they were screened for signs and symptoms of connective tissue disease.(More)
The study carried out was at the Department of Nephrology, Military Medical Academy, over the period from 1996 to 2001. Different types of lupus nephritis were documented in 42 patients and were treated with standard therapeutic protocols (corticosteroids, the pulse dose of cyclophosphamide + corticosteroids) and cyclosporine in the target serum(More)
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES The interleukin (IL)-17 producing T-helper cells have been linked to pathogenesis of autoimmunity and mostly investigated in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In this study we tested the IL-17 levels, as well as the levels of nitric oxide (NO) as possible IL-17-induced product, in patients with primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS), an intricate(More)
The aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in Serbia, using the European EULAR project methodology. In a detection phase, a previously translated and validated telephone Questionnaire was used by lay interviewers on 6,213 randomly selected telephone numbers representing urban population from four Serbian towns:(More)
OBJECTIVE To adapt and validate a telephone questionnaire for case detection of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and spondyloarthropathies (SpA) in the Serbian population. METHODS A questionnaire, developed by the French Society of Rheumatology and successfully tested in France, was adapted to the Serbian language using a cross-cultural adaptation process. It(More)
Several studies have suggested that the measurement of urinary interleukin-6 (IL-6) is a helpful tool for diagnosis and monitoring the progression of glomerulonephritis. The aim of this study was to determine if IL-6 level might reflect the histological type of glomerular lesions. We performed a prospective study of 43 patients who underwent renal biopsy in(More)