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Knee joint destruction driven by residual local symptoms after anti-tumor necrosis factor therapy in rheumatoid arthritis.
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PMID:  23377200     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
In patients with rheumatoid arthritis who had symptomatic knee joints at the start of anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF) therapy, the relationship between local symptoms and knee joint destruction at 94 weeks was retrospectively investigated. Among the patients with rheumatoid arthritis and received anti-TNF therapy, the 32 patients (52 joints) having swollen and/or tender knee joints were included in this study. Changes of disease activity score in 28 joints based on C-reactive protein (DAS28-CRP) and knee joint destruction using Larsen's grading system 94 weeks after anti-TNF therapy were evaluated. Furthermore, the differences of the DAS28-CRP, swollen and tender knee joints between the patients who showed progression of joint destruction (Progression group) and those who did not (Non-progression group) were investigated. DAS28-CRP showed time-dependent, favorable results. However, progression of joint destruction was observed in 12 out of 52 joints. DAS28-CRP at 0 and 94 weeks after anti-TNF therapy were not different between Progression and Non-progression groups. However, the rate of swollen knee joints was higher in Progression group from 0 week. In addition, the ratio of swollen and/or tender knee joints was higher in Progression group from 22 to 94 weeks after anti-TNF therapy. The disease activity evaluated using DAS28-CRP was improved by anti-TNF therapy, but residual local symptoms in the knee joints were associated with a high incidence of joint destruction progression. We should treat rheumatoid arthritis patients with consideration for the possibility of joint destruction in the knee joints having residual local symptoms to progress.
Takashi Imagama; Hiroshi Tanaka; Atsunori Tokushige; Kazushige Seki; Seiji Sumiura; Manabu Yamamoto; Yukio Nagahiro; Toshihiko Taguchi
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-2-2
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical rheumatology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1434-9949     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin. Rheumatol.     Publication Date:  2013 Feb 
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Created Date:  2013-2-4     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8211469     Medline TA:  Clin Rheumatol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Yamaguchi University Graduate School of Medicine, 1-1-1, Minamikogushi, Ube, 755-8505, Japan,
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