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Anti-atherosclerotic effects of etanercept in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients.
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PMID:  22790578     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Epidemic studies have shown that rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients have shorter life expectancy than healthy persons, primarily due to cardiovascular events. The aim of our study was to explore inhibitory effects on atherosclerosis of RA patients by TNF-inhibitor etanercept (ETN). We studied six RA patients with moderate or high disease activity as defined by the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) disease activity score (DAS28-ESR) in spite of treatment with methotrexate (MTX) 8 mg/week. We measured their pulse wave velocity (PWV) before and after treatment with ETN 25 mg/week for one year. There were no additional medications other than ETN that might influence on atherosclerosis. Their PWV decreased in five of six patients and the average decreased from 1474.8 cm/sec to 1432.5 cm/sec. The average of DAS28-ESR score was significantly decreased from 5.56 to 2.87 and they achieved good response by the EULAR criteria. There were no significant changes in the blood pressure, serum lipid (total cholesterol and triglyceride) and HbA1c ; all values were within normal limits before and after ETN treatment. It is suggested that the improvement of PWV is due to anti-inflammatory effects, leading inhibition of atherosclerosis, of ETN in RA patients.
Hiroaki Taguchi; Kazuo Nishi; Takahiro Suzuki; Yutaka Okano
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Nihon Rinshō Men'eki Gakkai kaishi = Japanese journal of clinical immunology     Volume:  35     ISSN:  1349-7413     ISO Abbreviation:  Nihon Rinsho Meneki Gakkai Kaishi     Publication Date:  2012  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-07-13     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9505992     Medline TA:  Nihon Rinsho Meneki Gakkai Kaishi     Country:  Japan    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  183-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Medicine and Rheumatology, Kawasaki Municipal Kawasaki Hospital.
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