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Contribution of the Polymyalgia Rheumatica Activity Score to Glucocorticoid Dosage Adjustment in Everyday Practice.
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PMID:  22174199     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the usefulness of the polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) activity score (PMR-AS) in guiding adjustment of glucocorticoid (GC) dosage. METHODS: Rheumatologists prospectively included patients receiving GC therapy for PMR. At each visit, they assessed disease activity using a visual analog scale for physician's global assessment (VASph) and recorded whether a flare was diagnosed and/or the GC dosage was changed. In each patient, the PMR-AS was calculated using the formula of Leeb and Bird: C-reactive protein (mg/dl) + VAS pain score (0 to 10) + VASph (0 to 10) + (morning stiffness in min × 0.1) + elevation of upper limbs (0-3). We evaluated the correlation between PMR-AS and GC dosage changes in the group already treated with GC. RESULTS: We included 89 patients (mean age 74.6 ± 6.2 yrs; disease duration 1.6 ± 2.2 yrs), who had a total of 149 visits. PMR-AS was available for 137 visits. Of those, 124 involved patients already treated with GC, and 13 patients who started GC treatment. The Spearman correlation coefficient between PMR-AS values and GC dosage change was 0.58 (p < 0.001). In the group already treated with GC, when the PMR-AS was higher than 20, GC dosages were never decreased. When the PMR-AS was between 10 and 20, GC dosages were decreased in 4 patients, unchanged in 4, and increased by < 5 mg in 4 patients. When PMR-AS was < 10, GC dosages were generally decreased. CONCLUSION: The PMR-AS is helpful for diagnosing flares of PMR and may also assist in everyday practice to decide how to change the GC dosage.
Caroline Cleuziou; Aymeric Binard; Michel De Bandt; Jean-Marie Berthelot; Alain Saraux
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-12-15
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of rheumatology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  0315-162X     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-12-16     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7501984     Medline TA:  J Rheumatol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
From the Rheumatology Unit, Brest Teaching Hospital, Brest; Rheumatology Unit, Robert Ballanger Hospital, Aulnay sous Bois; and the Rheumatology Unit, Nantes Teaching Hospital, Nantes, France.
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