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Bogazzi F - - 2010
BACKGROUND: Voice changes are common clinical findings of acromegaly, although scanty data are available so far. OBJECTIVE: To analyze features and quantify changes of voice in patients with untreated active acromegaly. DESIGN AND METHODS: This was a pilot case-control study. Voice was analyzed using the Multi Dimensional Voice Program software, ...
Spadaro A - - 2010
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of the present study was to produce an Italian version of the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM) in a group of patients with Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) and examine the psychometric properties of this version, evaluating its internal consistency, external validity and reliability. Responsiveness and feasibility were also ...
Sartorius K - - 2010
Background  Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a chronic recurrent disease with scars and sinus tract formation that causes substantial impact on quality of life. For evaluation of HS and treatment results, a scoring system for disease severity (Hidradenitis Suppurativa Score, HSS) has been proposed. Objectives  To describe the interobserver reliability of ...
Enciso Reyes - - 2011
The aim of this study was to compare the sensitivity and specificity of two questionnaires to identify patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Fifty-three moderate to severe OSA patients [with a respiratory disturbance index (RDI) ≥ 15] and 31 controls (RDI < 15) based on ambulatory somnographic assessment were recruited through flyers and mail ...
Baek Chung-Hwan - - 2010
BACKGROUND: Our aim was to investigate the prevalence and the clinical role of salivary hypofunction in patients with globus sensation. METHODS: We conducted a prospective observational study in 340 patients with globus pharyngeus. A standard questionnaire and (99m)Tc-pertechnate salivary scintigraphy were used to evaluate salivary hypofunction, with a full examination ...
Davatchi Fereydoun - - 2010
AIM: To evaluate the performance of the new International Criteria for Behçet's Disease (ICBD) in Iran. The ICBD was created in 2006 to replace the International Study Group (ISG) criteria (created in 1990). In this study, 14 existing diagnosis/classification criteria (Curth, Hewitt, Mason and Barnes, Japan original, Hubault and Hamza, ...
Romano F - - 2010
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to compare patients' self-rating of oral malodour with organoleptic evaluation and to relate them to oral conditions. METHODS: One hundred and eighty systemically healthy patients with a primary complaint of oral malodour participated in this cross-sectional study. They were asked to complete a ...
Yelken Kursat - - 2010
To compare subjective and objective voice-quality parameters between asymptomatic paradoxical vocal fold motion dysfunction (PVFMD) patients and healthy individuals. Prospective. A total number of 12 patients with PVFMD and 12 healthy control subjects had voice evaluations by means of laryngostroboscopy, acoustic analysis (jitter, shimmer, and harmonics-to-noise ratio [HNR]), aerodynamic measurements ...
Freire Rafael C - - 2010
There are several useful methods to induce anxiety in patients with panic disorder with agoraphobia (PDA). Our aim was to ascertain if a computer simulation (CS) could induce anxiety and physiologic alterations in PDA patients. 10 healthy controls (HC) and 10 patients who fulfilled DSM-IV criteria for PDA were recruited ...
Vlaar A - - 2011
To establish the inter-observer and intra-transducer reliability of "on-line" and "off-line" assessment of substantia nigra (SN) and raphe nuclei (RN) by transcranial duplex scanning (TCD) in a mixed study population. Out-patient neurology department of the University Hospital Maastricht. In total 24 subjects were investigated: 9 patients with idiopathic Parkinson's disease, ...
Ravelli Angelo - - 2010
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the long-term outcome and prognostic factors of juvenile dermatomyositis (DM) through a multinational, multicenter study. METHODS: Patients consisted of inception cohorts seen between 1980 and 2004 in 27 centers in Europe and Latin America. Predictor variables were sex, continent, ethnicity, onset year, onset age, onset type, onset ...
Esteban C - - 2010
The aim of this study was to evaluate whether changes in regular physical activity (PA) affect health-related quality of life (HRQoL) among patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). 611 patients (mean age 67.2+/-8.4 yrs; forced expiratory volume in 1 s 49.7+/-14.6) completed the St George's Respiratory Questionnaire (SGRQ), the ...
Qureshi A - - 2011
The case of an older patient admitted with an acute stroke in the presence of atrial fibrillation is presented. Subsequent transthoracic echocardiography and advanced imaging suggested the diagnosis of a large papillary fibroelastoma on the anterior mitral valve leaflet (AML). The patient underwent surgical resection and made an excellent clinical ...
Yanjanin Nicole M - - 2010
Niemann-Pick disease, type C is a neurodegenerative, lysosomal storage disorder with a broad clinical spectrum and a variable age of onset. The absence of a universally accepted clinical outcome measure is an impediment to the design of a therapeutic trial for NPC. Thus, we developed a clinical severity scale to ...
Heaf J G - - 2010
Muscle function is impaired in uraemic patients and several causes have been proposed. Deficiency of 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25-OHD), which affects muscle function in non-uraemic patients, may very well also be associated with the myopathy found in these patients. The aim of this study was to investigate the association between 25-OHD ...
Tontini Gian Eugenio - - 2010
To evaluate health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in celiac disease (CD) patients at the time of diagnosis and during a gluten-free diet (GFD). We enrolled 43 adult CD patients (18 with a typical and 15 with an atypical clinical presentation, and 10 with dermatitis herpetiformis, DH) and 86 age- and ...
Berenbaum Sheri A - - 2010
We provide evidence regarding the nature, causes, and consequences of intelligence in patients with 21-hydroxylase deficient congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH). Intelligence and quality of life (psychological adjustment) were measured on multiple occasions from childhood to young adulthood in 104 patients with CAH (62 females, 42 males) and 88 unaffected relatives ...
Nagai Chiyoko - - 2010
BACKGROUND/AIM: To clarify whether Broca's subregions, comprising the pars triangularis and pars opercularis, play different roles in syntactic processing, we investigated Japanese infarct patients with selective damage in each subregion. METHODS: Four patients participated in this study: 3 showing lesions mostly restricted to the pars opercularis (Op group) and a ...
Ingegnoli F - - 2010
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the association between the assessment tools used to quantify hand impairment and organ involvement in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc). METHODS: Eighty consecutive SSc patients were assessed for hand impairment using the Hand Anatomic Index (HAI), finger-to-palm distance in flexion (FTP), and the Hand Mobility in Scleroderma ...
Muhney Kelly A - - 2010
To compare patients' perception of discomfort, vibration and noise levels between piezoelectric and the magnetostrictive ultrasonic units during periodontal debridement. Periodontal debridement was performed on 75 subjects using a split-mouth design. Two quadrants on the same side were instrumented with a piezoelectric ultrasonic device (EMS Swiss Mini Master® Piezon) and ...
Landis Basile N - - 2010
Little is known about the clinical significance of phantosmia. The literature on phantosmia indicates that this symptom has a wide range of differential diagnoses. However, most cases of phantosmia remain of unknown origin. Our goal was to follow up patients with idiopathic phantosmia, with special regard to improvement rates and ...
Afsar Baris - - 2010
Hypertensive patients report lower general well-being, more severe psychological distress, poorer perceived health status, more physical symptoms, and functional disability when compared to normotensive patients. Nondipping of blood pressure (BP) is related to increased target organ damage in essential hypertension. However, the specific relationship between nocturnal nondipping and quality of ...
Carlsson Ingela K - - 2010
Cold sensitivity is a common and disabling complaint following hand injuries. The main purpose of this study was to describe self-reported consequences of cold sensitivity and the association with disability and health-related quality of life in patients with hand injuries or hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) and in normal subjects. Responses ...
Bennett Ethelle E Department of Medicine, Royal North Shore Hospital, St. Leonards, NSW 2065, - - 2009
To compare postcholecystectomy patients with Sphincter of Oddi (SO) dyskinesia and those with normal SO motility to determine the psychosocial distress, gender and objective clinical correlates of dyskinesia, and contrast these findings with comparisons between SO stenosis and normal SO motility. Within a cohort of seventy-two consecutive postcholecystectomy patients with ...
Lin Ying-Xiang - - 2009
BACKGROUND: The body mass index, airflow obstruction, dyspnea, and exercise capacity (BODE) index was shown at predicting the risk of death, exacerbation and disease severity among patients with COPD, but few studies verified relationship between BODE index and health related quality of life (HRQoL) among Chinese COPD patients. The objective ...
An J-G - - 2010
BACKGROUND: Leprosy has an impact on patients' quality of life (QoL). However, there has been no study specifically on the impact of the severest type of leprosy-lepromatous leprosy on QoL. OBJECTIVE: To describe the use of Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI) among patients with lepromatous leprosy in China. METHODS: Sixty-four ...
Nauck T - - 2011
Objectives The evaluation of health-related quality of life and physical function is important for determining therapeutic strategies following ankle injuries. The Anglo-American Foot and Ankle Ability Measure (FAAM) is a valid and reliable self-reported measure to detect functional deficits in chronic lateral ankle instability. The purpose of this study was ...
Turan Yasemin - - 2009
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the involvement of enthesis and its correlation with clinical and quality of life parameters in patients with spondyloarthritis (SpA). METHODS: One hundred and eighteen patients who comply with the SpA classification criteria of the European Spondylarthropathy Study Group (ESSG) were included into the study. Clinical parameters such ...
Skolasky Richard L RL Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, - - 2009
An individual's propensity to engage in adaptive health and rehabilitation behaviors may account for variation in postsurgical outcome. To determine the psychometric properties and construct validity of the recently developed Patient Activation Measure (PAM) (previously unused in spine research) in persons undergoing elective lumbar spine surgery. We prospectively used the ...
Friesen Noel N Department of Obstetrics and Gastroenterology, Royal North Shore Hospital, University of Sydney, Sydney 2065, - - 2009
To evaluate gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms and breath hydrogen responses to oral fructose-sorbitol (F-S) and glucose challenges in eating disorder (ED) patients. GI symptoms and hydrogen breath concentration were monitored in 26 female ED inpatients for 3 h, following ingestion of 50 g glucose on one day, and 25 g fructose/5 ...
Brand H S - - 2009
OBJECTIVE: To assess the severity of xerostomia (subjective dry mouth) in haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) patients and to investigate the association of xerostomia with other chronic oral complications. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study.Study participants and methods Participants were 48 patients with a history of HSCT recruited among members of the Dutch ...
Lee Yu Jin - - 2009
The goal of this study is to assess the relationship between stress coping mechanisms and the risk of atherosclerosis in patients with Hwa-Byung. The Korean version of the Ways of Coping Checklist (WOCC) was administered to 50 patients with Hwa-Byung (49.1+/-10.1 years, 6 males). Brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity (baPWV) and ...
Zboralski Krzysztof - - 2009
BACKGROUND: Numerous psychosomatic diseases, especially cardiovascular, are regarded as diseases of modern civilization. Psychological factors play a dominant role in these diseases. Among these factors we can distinguish several different types of emotional functioning and subjective estimation of patients' quality of life (QoL). AIM: To assess the level of QoL ...
Rider Lisa G LG Environmental Autoimmunity Group, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH, Bethesda, MD 20892-1301, USA. - - 2009
We undertook this study to validate the Myositis Damage Index (MDI) in juvenile and adult myositis, to describe the degree and types of damage and to develop predictors of damage. Retrospective MDI evaluations and prospective assessment of disease activity and illness features were conducted. Patients with juvenile-onset disease (n = ...
Ariza-Ariza Rafael - - 2009
OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence of work disability in Spanish patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and to identify factors related to it. METHODS: A cross-sectional study based on data from Regisponser (National Spanish Registry of Patients with Spondyloarthropathy). Demographic and disease-related variables were collected. AS patients were classified as work-disabled ...
Mayer Tom G - - 2009
STUDY DESIGN: A prospective cohort study evaluating the quantitative lumbar flexion-relaxation phenomenon (QLFRP), measured with surface electromyographic (SEMG) signals from the erector spinae during trunk flexion pre- and postrehabilitation, in patients with chronic disabling occupational lumbar disorders (CDOLD). OBJECTIVES: To assess the responsiveness of the QLFRP in documenting change in ...
Naka Asami - - 2010
Chemosensory dysfunction has been reported in patients with diabetes mellitus (DM). However, the clinical significance in relation to the disease stage remains unclear. The aim of this investigation was to assess olfactory and gustatory function with valid clinical tests in patients with DM types 1 and 2 with and without ...
Tuominen Risto - - 2010
The aim was to evaluate the relative importance of the 20 functions assessed by patients to produce the Health Assessment Questionnaire's Disability Index (HAQ-DI). A systematic sample of 242 rheumatoid arthritis patients was drawn. Altogether 179 subjects returned acceptably filled questionnaire including perceived rheumatoid arthritis status in the 20 functions ...
Grant Philip M PM Stanford University, Division of Infectious Diseases, Palo Alto, CA 94305-5107, USA. - - 2009
Raltegravir is a potential treatment option for virologically suppressed HIV-1 infected patients on enfuvirtide with injection site reactions. To characterize safety and efficacy of an enfuvirtide to raltegravir switch including changes in T-cells, quality of life, and residual viremia. In patients with viral load <50 copies/mL and injection site reactions, ...
Jakobsen Lene H - - 2010
OBJECTIVE: Handgrip strength (HGS) is often used as a bedside measurement of muscle function in the hospital setting. The aim of this study was to investigate the extent to which HGS, endurance, and work (force during endurance x time) are related to physical function as measured by mobility and physical ...
Lim Jae-Yol - - 2009
Conclusion: A detailed understanding of clinical and voice characteristics will help to differentiate sulcus configuration and plan rational management strategies for each type. Objectives: To investigate the clinical and voice characteristics of patients with sulcus configuration of vocal folds during phonation. Patients and methods: A total of 146 patients with ...
Wood Kathryn A - - 2009
There are no disease-specific questionnaires to measure patient sensitive outcomes in arrhythmia patients. We report the development and preliminary psychometric testing of the Patient Perception of Arrhythmia Questionnaire (PPAQ). The PPAQ was developed using formative research, exploratory factor analysis, expert review, pilot study, and regression. The PPAQ measures frequency and ...
Lippmann Quinn K - - 2009
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a common condition that affects patients' health-related quality of life (HRQoL). The HRQoL of Barrett's esophagus (BE) has been less well studied. Furthermore, it is unknown to what extent BE patients suffer from psychological distress as a result of carrying a diagnosis of a premalignant ...
Matsumoto Shinya - - 2009
Yusho (oil disease) is the name given to a food poisoning incident caused by rice bran oil that occurred in west Japan in 1968. The causative agents of Yusho are currently considered to be polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and their by-products, such as dioxin like compounds. The levels of 2,3,4,7,8-penta-cholorodibenzofuran (PeCDF) ...
Rudolph T - - 2009
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the long-term functional status and well-being in patients with chronic idiopathic polyneuropathy (CIP) in comparison to Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) and healthy controls. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty-two CIP and 42 GBS-patients were examined at median 5 and 6 years after disease onset and were compared with 50 healthy ...
Salaffi F - - 2009
OBJECTIVES: To compare health-related quality of life (HRQL) in fibromyalgia (FM) patients with that of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and the general population, and investigate if the factors are associated with the greater impact of FM. METHODS: This cross-sectional study involved 380 patients with FM, 693 patients with RA ...
Di Franco M - - 2009
OBJECTIVES: Fibromyalgia (FM) is a syndrome associated with widespread pain and various other signs and symptoms. Several of these multisystem features could be explained on the basis of autonomic nervous system (ANS) dysfunction. METHODS: The aim of the present study was to evaluate ANS dysfunction in FM based on time-domain ...
Walfridsson Ulla - - 2009
BACKGROUND: Living with paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia affects a patient's whole life situation, but few studies have addressed health-related quality of life (HRQOL) aspects in these patients. The aim was therefore to describe HRQOL in patients with atrioventricular nodal re-entry tachycardia (AVNRT) or Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome, referred for radiofrequency ablation (RF-ablation), ...
Mahler Donald A - - 2009
Although questionnaires are used frequently with patients to self-report the severity of dyspnea as related to activities of daily living, the reliability of these instruments has not been established. The two purposes of this study were to examine the test-retest reliability of three widely used dyspnea instruments and to compare ...
Rynja Sybren P - - 2009
PURPOSE: We assessed long-term results after hypospadias surgery with respect to urinary and sexual function, cosmetic appearance and intimate relationships. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We contacted 116 patients who are now adults and who underwent surgery between 1987 and 1992. Participation included mailed questionnaires containing the International Prostate Symptom Score, International ...
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