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OBJECTIVE To investigate whether anti-tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) therapy can influence the reactivation of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection in inactive HBsAg carriers. METHODS The medical records of 103 patients [59 with ankylosing spondylitis (AS), 41 with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), 2 with juvenile RA, and 1 with psoriatic arthritis] who(More)
OBJECTIVE Recent studies have suggested increased cardiovascular disease among patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). We undertook this study to obtain morphologic evidence of subclinical atherosclerosis in RA patients. METHODS We used high-resolution B-mode ultrasound to compare carotid artery intima-media wall thickness (IMT) between 53 postmenopausal(More)
Retroperitoneal fibrosis (RPF) is a rare disease with unclear etiology, which is characterized by chronic non-specific inflammation of the retroperitoneum. This study was performed to investigate the clinical characteristics, laboratory findings, radiologic findings, treatment and outcome in Korean patients with RPF. We retrospectively reviewed medical(More)
INTRODUCTION Cardiovascular (CV) morbidity and mortality are increased in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Inflammation is thought to be an important factor in accelerated atherosclerosis in RA, whereas insulin resistance is a known risk factor for atherosclerosis in RA. We hypothesised that adipokines could be a link between inflammation, insulin(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate the evolution of lupus activity in end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients due to lupus nephritis and to determine the long-term prognosis. We reviewed the clinical courses of 45 patients with ESRD due to systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). We analyzed the course of SLE following the onset of ESRD, with special(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with newly diagnosed rheumatoid arthritis have adverse serum lipid profiles. We sought to determine the effects of treating rheumatoid arthritis with antirheumatic drugs on these abnormal lipid levels. SUBJECTS AND METHODS We studied 42 patients with newly diagnosed rheumatoid arthritis who had not been treated with corticosteroids or(More)
We aimed to investigate differences in clinical manifestations and outcomes between adult and child patients with Henoch-Schönlein purpura (HSP), and to analyze the factors associated with poor prognosis for HSP nephritis. This retrospective 10-yr study enrolled 160 patients with HSP who visited Severance Hospital. Purpura was mostly detected in lower(More)
We report a case of cytomegalovirus (CMV) enteritis in a 31 year-old -woman with lupus enteritis. In August 2002 the patient complained of severe abdominal pain. An abdominopelvic CT scan at the time showed free air in the peritoneal cavity and wall thickening of the ileal loop. She was diagnosed as having panperitonitis due to an ileal perforation, and(More)
OBJECTIVE Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE; OMIM 152700) is a chronic autoimmune disease for which the aetiology includes genetic and environmental factors. ITGAM, integrin α(M) (complement component 3 receptor 3 subunit) encoding a ligand for intracellular adhesion molecule (ICAM) proteins, is an established SLE susceptibility locus. This study aimed to(More)
PURPOSE To determine the levels of bone and cartilage turnover markers in men with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and to investigate their associations with disease activity, bone mineral density, and radiographic damage of the spine. PATIENTS AND METHODS This cross-sectional study enrolled 35 men with newly diagnosed AS. The bone mineral densities (BMD) of(More)