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  • 1
    ISSN: 1434-9949
    Keywords: Rheumatoid Arthritis ; Mud ; Balneotherapy ; Dead Sea
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Summary Twenty-eight patients with classical or definite rheumatoid arthritis were randomly divided into two groups of fourteen patients each. All patients were treated once a day with mud packs derived from the Dead Sea heated to 40°C and applied over the four extremities, neck and back for 20 minutes. Group 1 was treated with the true mud packs and Group 2 with washed out and less concentrated mud packs. The study was double blind and of two weeks duration. All patients were evaluated by one rheumatologist both before treatment and two weeks later at the end of the treatment period. Follow-up evaluations were made one and three months after conclusion of the treatment. The clinical indices evaluated included duration of morning stiffness, hand-grip strength, activities of daily living, patient's own assessment of disease activity, number of active joints and the Ritchie index. A statistically significant improvement (p〈0.01 or p〈0.05) was observed in Group 1 only in most of the clinical indices, lasting between 1 to 3 months.
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    ISSN: 1434-9949
    Keywords: Palindromic Rheumatism ; Episodic Arthritis ; Rheumatoid Arthritis ; Negev ; Israel
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Summary Over a period of 10 years 34 patients were diagnosed as suffering from palindromic rheumatism. Eightyone percent of the patients were of North African origin. This is significantly higher (p=0.01) than the ageadjusted origin of the general population in the region. Attacks were usually monoarthritic or oligoarthritic in nature. The joint most often involved was the knee. Prophylactic therapy with colchicine was ineffective. Gold salts brought about partial remission in three of six patients. Despite a relatively long average follow-up period of 9.3 years and the finding of a positive rheumatoid factor in 12% of the patients, not one of the patients developed rheumatoid arthritis. In 50% of the patients we detected an unexplained elevation in serum globulins and immunoglobulins. The possible association between this syndrome and Familial Mediterranean Fever is discussed.
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