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Considerable interest in the efficacy of rituximab (a monoclonal CD20 antibody) in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) has been generated due to its unique mode of action, culminating in a series of randomized and open trials, and case reports. However, this use is off-license and...
A patient with ankylosing spondylitis, after demonstrating incomplete clinical response to adalimumab, received three monthly infusions of pamidronate along with continuing TNF-α blockade. Complete disappearance of the back pain was reported after the second pamidronate infusion. The...
Mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) has recently been introduced as an immunosuppressive agent for the treatment of glomerulonephritis with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and the data have been encouraging. However, response to MMF treatment appears to differ ethnically. Therefore, we determined...
To assess validity and reliability of the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities (WOMAC) osteoarthritis (OA) index and Lequesne algofunctional index in Turkish patients with hip or knee OA and to compare the results of the instruments for these two particular sites of involvement. Two...
Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) has rarely been reported among Black Africans. This retrospective case study was part of an audit of cases presenting to a private practice rheumatology clinic in Lagos, Nigeria. The objective of this study was to determine the clinical, laboratory, and...
Erosive osteoarthritis, a less common subtype of osteoarthritis, is often described as a more severe form. This combination of cartilage degeneration with pathologic features suggestive of inflammatory synovial changes generally manifests in women around the time of menopause and hormonal levels...
To investigate the expressions of IL-18 and its binding protein (IL-18BP) in peripheral blood leukocytes and kidney tissues in patients with lupus nephritis (LN). SYBR-green-dye-I-based real-time quantitative PCR method was used to compare the gene expression levels (indicated as 2 −ΔΔCT...
The objectives of this study are to translate, adapt in the Moroccan cultural context, and validate in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) the Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Functional Index (BASFI) and Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index (BASDAI). The cross-cultural adaptation...
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