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A 58-year-old woman with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) developed fever, skin eruptions, leukocytopenia, and thrombocytopenia, 3 weeks after treatment with sulfasalazine. A skin biopsy showed hydropic degeneration of keratinocytes and lymphocytic infiltrate. A bone marrow aspiration demonstrated an...
The clinical spectrum of Buerger’s disease (TAO; thromboangiitis obliterans) seems to be changing. Considering the lack of any formal studies on the epidemiology of this disease in Iran, we evaluated the data of 198 confirmed cases of TAO during the period 1996–2006. Diagnosis was based on...
Children with rheumatic oligo- and polyarthritis frequently establish persistent parvovirus B19 infections, which may be associated with the production of antiphospholipid antibodies. Reported in this paper are the data of five girls with polyarticular rheumatic diseases of different types and...
Pycnodysostosis is a rare dysplasia characterised by high bone density and susceptibility to long bone fractures caused by cathepsin K deficiency. Spinal abnormalities have rarely been described in this uncommon inherited bone dysplasia. A 28-year-old female, with a past history of...
This blinded study was done to determine if there are any abnormal electron microscopic (EM) findings in the skin of fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) patients, which might contribute to or be due to the increased pain sensitivity seen in this condition. Skin biopsy samples were obtained from 13 FMS...
The therapeutic use of tumor necrosis factor a (TNFa) antagonists has added a highly effective treatment in the field of inflammatory musculoskeletal, skin, and bowel diseases. Most of the side effects of these very potential agents, like infections or skin reactions, were predictable; the...
Retroperitoneal fibrosis (RPF) is a rare inflammatory disease which is characterized by the development of a fibrous process that surrounds the major vessels and organs located within the retroperitoneum. About two thirds of all cases of RPF are idiopathic and are thought to be immunological in...
We report the case of a woman who developed chorea in her neck, trunk, and extremities soon after taking gabapentin as treatment for complex regional pain syndrome Type 1. The chorea lasted for a year and resolved completely within 2 weeks of discontinuing gabapentin.
Osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee is the most common form of arthritis. A positive association between obesity and several occupational factors and knee OA has been observed in previous studies in populations of different ethnicity. The aim of this study was to examine the relation between knee OA...
We studied the serum levels of receptor activator of nuclear factor-κB ligand (RANKL), osteoprotegerin (OPG), pro-matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) 1, MMP3, and tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase (TIMP) 1 in patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) and correlated these with different...
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