Waraporn Sukitawut

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Sleep disturbance is a common problem in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients. This study was performed to determine the prevalence of sleep disturbance in SLE, the factors that might be associated with sleep disturbance, and the correlation between changes in clinical parameters and sleep quality over time. Fifty-six female SLE patients from a total(More)
Although peripheral and central nervous system involvement have been well recognized in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), autonomic nervous system (ANS) involvement has rarely been studied, and has shown conflicting results. We performed cardiovascular ANS assessment in 34 RA and 37 SLE patients, using standard(More)
Minidose aspirin (60-325 mg/day) has been widely used in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases. However, studies on the effects of minidose aspirin on renal handling of uric acid and renal function are limited. We studied the effect of aspirin at 60 mg/day (n = 18) and 300 mg/day (n = 14) on uric acid handling and renal(More)
Churg-Strauss syndrome or allergic granulomatosis and angiitis is a vasculitis that is found in adults, but is extremely rare in children. We describe a 14-year-old boy who presented with prolonged fever, weight loss, sinusitis, myalgia and arthralgia, testicular pain, pulmonary infiltrations, pericardial effusion, peripheral neuropathy, and eosinophilia.(More)
An association between connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) gene dimorphism at -945 (CTGF*-945C/G) and systemic sclerosis (SSc) has been reported with inconclusive results. We performed this study to determine whether such an association exists among Thai patients with SSc. DNA samples were taken from 50 Thai SSc patients (diffuse SSc in 39 and limited(More)
The outcome of 48 pregnancies from 42 patients with systemic lupus erythematosus was studied. Their mean age and the duration of the disease were 28.47 and 4.42 years, respectively. The conception occurred when the disease was inactive or quiescent in 45 and active in 3. Four pregnancies were terminated by criminal abortion. Flares occurred in 16(More)
Causes of death and poor prognostic factors for patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc) were studied in 222 cases. Their mean age at the onset and duration of disease was 48.9 +/- 12.0 years and 23.3 +/- 29.3 months, respectively. Fifty-three per cent were diffuse subtype. Patients with diffuse SSc had more digital pitting scars and more muscle, heart, lung,(More)
Serum hyaluronan (HA) concentration was quantified using an ELISA-based assay with biotinylated hyaluronan binding proteins, and correlated with the clinical and laboratory variables in 100 consecutive rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients (mean +/- SD age and duration of disease of 50.1 +/- 12.5 and 7.9 +/- 6.6 years respectively). Thirty-four patients(More)
Various musculoskeletal syndromes have been well described in patients infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Surprisingly, erythema nodosum, an inflammation of the adipose tissue of the skin, has rarely been described. We report a 24-year-old known case of HIV infection, who developed fever and multiple tender subcutaneous nodules that were(More)
From a cohort study of 349 Thai patients (337 females [F] and 12 males [M]) with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), 52 patients (51 F, 1 M) died. Their 5- and 10-year survival rates were 84.0% and 74.9%, respectively. Seventy-nine percent of deaths occurred within the first year of diagnosis. Infection contributed to 27 deaths (51.9%). The lung and the(More)