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The purpose of this study was to determine the sensitivity and specificity for the current perception threshold (CPT) test during clinical examination of idiopathic carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). We studied 71 patients (102 hands) with CTS; 50 healthy individuals (100 hands) served as a control group. Using a neurometer, we investigated standard CPT values(More)
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is characterized by massive synovial proliferation, angiogenesis, subintimal infiltration of inflammatory cells and the production of cytokines such as TNF-alpha and IL-6. Allograft inflammatory factor-1 (AIF-1) has been identified in chronic rejection of rat cardiac allografts as well as tissue inflammation in various autoimmune(More)
We report a case of carpal tunnel syndrome caused by volar dislocation of the lunate in a patient with rheumatoid arthritis. A 74-year-old woman complained of numbness in her fingers. Carpal tunnel syndrome was diagnosed, and carpal tunnel release was performed. However, the symptoms recurred. Three-dimensional computed tomography and magnetic resonance(More)
The disposition characteristics of model macromolecules such as dextran (70 kDa), bovine serum albumin (BSA), and their charged derivatives were studied in the perfused rat kidney. In a single-pass indicator dilution experiment, venous and urinary recovery patterns and tissue accumulation of radiolabeled compounds were evaluated under filtering or(More)
BACKGROUND Disorders of the cervical spine are often observed in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). However, the best head position for RA patients with atlantoaxial subluxation in the perioperative period is unknown. This study investigated head position during general anesthesia for the patients with RA and proven atlantoaxial subluxation. METHODS(More)
The carbohydrate chains represented by mucins (MUCs) are expressed by a variety of normal and malignant secretory epithelial cells and induce a variety of immunoreactions. To find new mucins related to the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), we examined high-molecular-weight molecules inducing cytokines on human peripheral blood mononuclear cells(More)
This study was designed to examine the effects of electroacupuncture with direct current (DC) on peripheral nerve regeneration. The left sciatic nerve of 55 7-month-old rats was crushed at the thigh. They were ramdomly allocated to four groups: distal cathode DC group (n = 15), distal anode DC group (n = 14), sham operated group (n = 13), and control group(More)
In this study, we investigated the usefulness of contrast-enhanced MRI with maximum intensity projection (MIP) as a convenient tool for detecting early rheumatoid arthritis (RA). A total of 21 patients with undiagnosed arthritis of the hands at the initial visit were enrolled in a prospective study over a 1-year period. The number of swollen joints found(More)
OBJECTIVE To relate clinical severity of idiopathic carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) to current perception threshold (CPT). METHODS Subjects were 51 patients with CTS (involving 51 hands), and 50 healthy control subjects (50 hands). Involved hands were grouped into three clinical grades (mild, moderate, severe). Using a neurometer (Neurotron, Baltimore, MD),(More)
BACKGROUND The prevalence and clinical characteristics of osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) of the humeral capitellum among adolescent baseball players are unknown. PURPOSE To determine the OCD prevalence in adolescent competitive baseball players and to investigate the clinical characteristics of these patients. STUDY DESIGN Cross-sectional and(More)