Timuçin Kaşifoğlu

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OBJECTIVE The primary aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence of amyloidosis and its related factors in a large number of FMF patients. METHODS Fifteen centres from the different geographical regions of Turkey were included in the study. Detailed demographic and medical data based on a structured questionnaire and medical records were(More)
The objective of this study is to investigate the association between clinical and laboratory prognostic factors, radiographic severity, and functional limitations in Turkish patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS). One hundred and two patients with AS were included in this study (66 male patients, 65%). All the necessary information regarding predictor(More)
OBJECTIVE Previous studies have reported that cardiovascular involvement in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) occurs frequently. Although ventricular functions of RA have been investigated through the standard Doppler in RA, they have yet to be investigated thoroughly by means of the relatively new and advantageous tissue Doppler imaging (TDI). The present study(More)
Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF) is a hereditary autoinflammatory disorder characterised by acute attacks of fever and serosal inflammation. FMF primarily affects Jewish, Armenian, Turkish, and Arab populations. The disease is accompanied by a marked decrease in quality of life due to the effects of attacks and subclinical inflammation in the attack-free(More)
Takayasu’s arteritis (TA) is a rare, idiopathic, inflammatory, granulomatous vasculitis that affects the aorta and its primary branches. Clinical features and the pattern of arterial involvement show differences in different regions of the world according to ethnic influences. Our aim in this retrospective study was to evaluate the demographic, clinic,(More)
OBJECTIVES Behçet's disease (BD) is a chronic, multisystemic disorder characterised by recurrent oral aphtous ulcers, genital ulcers and ocular inflammation. Vasculitis and thrombotic events are the most important causes of mortality. Vena cava thrombosis, pulmonary artery aneurysms, Budd-Chiari syndrome, peripheral artery aneurysms, dural sinus thrombosis(More)
We aimed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of long-term use of etanercept therapy in patients with spondyloarthropathy (SpA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) on hemodialysis (HD). Selected RA or SpA patients treated with etanercept under HD were retrospectively evaluated. Etanercept-related adverse events were closely recorded for all patients. At the(More)
It has been reported that renal stone formation increased in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS). However, its reason remains unclear. The aim of this study was to evaluate serially the possible risk factors for renal stone formation in AS patients. Two groups consisted of AS patients with renal stone (n = 30), AS patients without renal stone (n =(More)
Vascular involvement is one of the major causes of mortality and morbidity in Behçet disease (BD). There are no controlled studies for the management of vascular BD (VBD), and according to the EULAR recommendations, only immunosuppressive (IS) agents are recommended. In this study, we aimed to investigate the therapeutic approaches chosen by Turkish(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess bladder toxicity of cyclophosphamide (CYC) and uroprotective effect of mesna in rheumatic diseases. METHODS Data of 1018 patients (725 women/293 men) treated with CYC were evaluated in this retrospective study. All of the following information was obtained: the cumulative CYC dose, route of CYC administration, duration of therapy,(More)