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AIM Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an inflammatory autoimmune disease with unknown etiology and systemic involvement. Neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) and platelet-lymphocyte ratio (PLR) are two new inflammatory markers used in the assessment of systemic inflammation. The aim here is to study NLR and PLR in patients with RA to investigate their relation with(More)
Although so many studies exist on effect of fluoride on hematological parameters in experimental animals, a few studies have been conducted to investigate the effects of chronic fluorosis on hematological parameters in humans' subjects with endemic fluorosis. So we aimed to determine the hematological parameters in patients with endemic fluorosis. The study(More)
Behcet’s disease (BD) is a chronic, inflammatory, and multisystemic condition although its pathogenesis is uncertain. Main component of St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum, HP) is hyperforin and induces antiinflammatory and antioxidant properties. We aimed to investigate effects of HP on oxidative stress, apoptosis, and cytosolic-free Ca2+ [Ca2+]i(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)
The aim of this study was to investigate the clinical, radiographic, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and masticatory muscles in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. Twenty-eight RA patients and 29 healthy subjects were participated in the study. The patient underwent clinical and laboratory investigation. DAS28(More)
Gout results from multifactor interactions between gender, age, genetic and environmental factors. Environmental factors underlying gout and precipitating factors triggering acute attacks might vary in different populations with different lifestyles. In this study, we aimed to collect data regarding the demographic and clinical features, comorbid factors,(More)
OBJECTIVES The aims of this study are to evaluate the dentofacial morphology of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and to compare the morphological data with those of healthy age- and sex-matched control subjects. METHODS Twenty-seven RA patients (mean age, 45.77 ± 8.64 years) and 25 healthy subjects (mean age, 44.80 ± 8.24 years) participated in(More)
OBJECTIVE Plasma interleukin-18 (IL-18) has been reported to be associated with homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance (HOMA-IR). It also has been described as one of the factors that, in addition to insulin resistance, may also contribute to atherosclerosis. Parameters of systemic inflammation are also significantly associated with circulating(More)
Arterial stiffness (AS) has a detrimental effect on cardiovascular system particularly on left ventricle (LV). The aim of the study was to evaluate the impact of AS on LV functions in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Forty patients with RA and 25 age-sex matched control subjects (mean age 48.5 ± 6.3 vs. 45.1 ± 6.9 years, respectively, p = 0.06) were(More)
Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS), a leading entity in acquired thrombophilia, is characterized by recurrent thrombosis, morbidity in pregnancy and presence of antiphospholipid antibodies (APA). Although the etiopathogenesis is unclear, APA against negatively charged phospholipids and phospholipid–protein complexes are held responsible for the clinical(More)