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The discrepancy between clinical and ultrasonographic remission in rheumatoid arthritis is not related to therapy or autoantibody status.
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PMID:  22198689     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
To evaluate the clinical remission by means of power Doppler ultrasonographic (PDUS) monitoring in a group of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in clinical remission (DAS28 < 2.6). The study included 54 patients with RA in therapy with DMARDS, anti-TNF, or no therapy in clinical remission according to ACR criteria and DAS 28 < 2.6 for at least 6 months. All patients had active wrist or hand inflammation in the past. US examination evaluated the presence of active synovitis, power Doppler signal, and synovial hypertrophy on the following bilateral joints: metacarpophalangeal-proximal interphalangeal joints-flexor tendons (on 2°-3° fingers) and wrist (radiocarpal and midcarpal joints). In 19 patients, there was an agreement between clinical and US parameters. However, 35 patients with clinical remission showed a positive ultrasonographic assessment and at least an active parameter. No statistic correlation was found between US examination and antibody assessment (anti-CCP and/or RF). Patients in therapy with anti-TNF or other therapies showed similar US assessment without significant statistical differences. Among eleven patients that presented swollen and tender joints at the latest physical examination, which preceded US exam, just 5 patients had an US confirmation too. In the other patients, the PDUS did not confirm the presence of inflammation in the corresponding swollen and tender joints or showed a positive ultrasonographic assessment in other locations. The remission state is a great therapy target and not only through the biological therapy. Synovial inflammation could persist independently from type of therapy or autoantibody status.
Amelia Spinella; Gilda Sandri; Giacomo Carpenito; Lorenza Belletti; Maria Teresa Mascia
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-12-25
Journal Detail:
Title:  Rheumatology international     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1437-160X     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-12-26     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8206885     Medline TA:  Rheumatol Int     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy,
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