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The relationship of plasma and serum viscosity to disease activity and smoking habit in rheumatoid arthritis.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6697067     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Viscosity measurements of serum and plasma have been suggested as improvements on other indicators of activity in the rheumatic diseases. We compared the clinical assessment of disease activity in 71 patients with rheumatoid arthritis against various laboratory tests including viscosity measurements. The effects of smoking were also studied. While many of the tests showed correlations with each other, none was found to correlate with any of the clinical parameters. Smoking lowered the ESR, but did not affect the plasma viscosity in these patients. Thus viscosity measurements were no improvement in assessing activity in a cross section of patients, though its lack of dependence on smoking habit may be an advantage in sequential studies.
J G Larkin; G D Lowe; R D Sturrock; C D Forbes
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  British journal of rheumatology     Volume:  23     ISSN:  0263-7103     ISO Abbreviation:  Br. J. Rheumatol.     Publication Date:  1984 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1984-04-26     Completed Date:  1984-04-26     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8302415     Medline TA:  Br J Rheumatol     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  15-9     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Arthritis, Rheumatoid / blood,  physiopathology*
Blood Sedimentation
Blood Viscosity*
Serum Albumin / analysis
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Serum Albumin

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