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Antibody to Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) early antigen diffuse (anti-EA-D) is associated with viral replication. However, their possible associations with clinical/therapeutic features in primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS) were not established. We evaluated 100 pSS patients (American-European Criteria) and 89 age/gender/ethnicity-matched healthy controls. Disease(More)
We have evaluated 36 consecutive systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) female patients, age 18-39 years, without current or previous alkylating therapy, in order to determine the prevalence of the menstrual disturbances and their clinical, hormonal and therapeutic associations. Seventeen patients presented normal cycles, whereas menstrual alterations were(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the presence of autoantibodies directed to corpus luteum (CoL) in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) sera and its correlation with menstrual disturbances. METHODS We evaluated 87 female patients with SLE, < 40 years old, and 23 women with normal menses as controls. Anti-corpus luteum antibody was detected by immunoblot technique.(More)
PROBLEM In view of evidences suggesting association between endometriosis (EM) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), we have performed a comparative evaluation of clinical and humoral immunologic abnormalities in both diseases. METHOD OF STUDY Forty-five women (18-40 years) with histologically confirmed pelvic EM, 21 healthy-women and 15 female(More)
The objective of the study was to evaluate risk factors for pulmonary tuberculosis in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Clinical/laboratorial features of 1283 SLE patients (ACR criteria) followed at the Lupus Clinic were obtained from the electronic register database from 2001 to 2009. Pulmonary tuberculosis was diagnosed in 20 patients (1.6%) (TB+(More)
BACKGROUND Despite the WHO recommendation that the 2010-2011 trivalent seasonal flu vaccine must contain A/California/7/2009/H1N1-like virus there is no consistent data regarding its immunogenicity and safety in a large autoimmune rheumatic disease (ARD) population. METHODS 1668 ARD patients (systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), rheumatoid arthritis (RA),(More)
Herpes zoster infection was significantly more often observed in children (10%, N = 362) than in adults (4%, N = 1830). At herpes zoster infection diagnosis, disease activity score (8 vs. 3, P = 0.002) was higher in children, and fever (43% vs. 12%, P < 0.0001), nephritis (45% vs. 25%, P = 0.038), anti-double-stranded DNA autoantibodies (76% vs. 15%, P <(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess circulating follicular helper T (Tfh)-like CD4+ T cells in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and determine their relationship to disease activity. METHODS Blood samples from patients with SLE, as well as blood samples from patients with Behçet's disease (BD) and healthy individuals as controls, were analyzed. In all(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the efficacy and safety of pandemic 2009 influenza A (H1N1) in SLE under different therapeutic regimens. METHODS A total of 555 SLE patients and 170 healthy controls were vaccinated with a single dose of a non-adjuvanted preparation. According to current therapy, patients were initially classified as SLE No Therapy (n = 75) and SLE(More)
Osteoporotic hip fractures (OHF) are not limited to elderly; however, studies in non-elderly are scarce. Thus, the aim of this study was to evaluate co-morbidities in non-elderly patients with OHF in a Community Teaching Hospital. All hospitalizations due to OHF during a 3-year period in a Community Teaching Hospital were retrospectively evaluated for(More)