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OBJECTIVE The aim of our study was to assess the costs of SSc and to analyse cost drivers. METHODS A cross-sectional survey of consecutive patients with SSc was performed in a rheumatology centre in Hungary. Clinical characteristics, the European Scleroderma Study Group activity index, disease severity scale (DSS), scleroderma HAQ (S-HAQ) and health care(More)
BACKGROUND Validity of European Scleroderma Study Group (EScSG) activity indexes currently used to assess disease activity in systemic sclerosis (SSc) has been criticised. METHODS Three investigators assigned an activity score on a 0-10 scale for 97 clinical charts. The median score served as gold standard. Two other investigators labelled the disease as(More)
Auto-antibodies against topoisomerase I (topo I) are frequently detected in sera of systemic sclerosis (SSc) patients. Anti-topo I auto-antibodies are considered to be associated with the diffuse cutaneous form of systemic sclerosis (dcSSc). However, anti-topo I auto-antibodies are also detected in limited cutaneous systemic sclerosis (lcSSc) and systemic(More)
Musculoskeletal (MSK) involvement is a very frequent manifestation of patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc). There are several reports about clinical trials assessing musculoskeletal involvement in SSc. However, only few controlled studies have been conducted. The prevalence of musculoskeletal symptoms, clinical and radiographic findings has been assessed.(More)
OBJECTIVES Analysis of peripheral blood B lymphocytes in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc) has provided evidence for specific alterations in naive and memory B cell balance. However, memory B cell subsets in SSc have not been thoroughly investigated. This study sought to identify phenotypic abnormalities and activation markers in peripheral blood(More)
OBJECTIVES To construct a patient self-assessment questionnaire testing whether patients can provide valid information about their skin thickness, tethering and thinness. METHODS The questionnaire contained questions about the 17 body areas identical to those investigated in the Modified Rodnan Skin Score (MRSS). The baseline and 1 yr follow-up values of(More)
To canvas opinion concerning the role of non-invasive techniques in the assessment of patients with Raynaud’s phenomenon (Rp) in clinical and research settings: four nailfold capillaroscopy methods [videocapillaroscopy (NVC), dermoscopy, stereomicroscopy, digital USB microscopy], four laser Doppler methods (laser Doppler flowmetry, imaging,(More)
OBJECTIVES Analysis of risk factors and mortality of 439 patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc) in a tertiary care centre. METHODS The mean follow up time was 8.4±5.6 years. Lost to follow up rate was 6.4%. Female to male ratio was 366 to 73. Two hundred sixty patients had limited and 179 diffuse cutaneous SSc (dcSSc). A standard protocol including(More)
OBJECTIVE Functional impairment of coronary microcirculation is thought to be a major pathway in the development of primary cardiac involvement in SSc; however, the underlying mechanism is not fully understood. We aimed to investigate the mechanisms of coronary flow reserve (CFR) reduction in patients with SSc. METHODS Seventeen SSc patients and 17(More)
OBJECTIVE Red blood cell distribution width (RDW) is a biomarker quantifying the variability of red blood cell size in peripheral blood. Elevated RDW has been found to be an independent prognostic factor for cardiovascular events. SSc is characterized by generalized micro- and macroangiopathy. Our aim was to investigate RDW as a potential biomarker for the(More)