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OBJECTIVE For patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in remission who are receiving disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs), radiographic progression correlates with imaging-detected synovitis as measured by power Doppler activity. In contrast, patients with disease in remission who are receiving the combination of tumor necrosis factor (TNF)(More)
OBJECTIVES Combination therapy with methotrexate (MTX) and tumour necrosis factor (TNF) blockade has increased remission rates in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. However, there are no guidelines regarding cessation of therapy. There is a need for markers predictive of sustained remission following cessation of TNF blocker therapy. METHODS Patients in(More)
OBJECTIVES Patients can fulfil clinical criteria for remission, yet still have evidence of synovitis detectable clinically and by ultrasound, and this is associated with structural damage. Stricter remission criteria may more accurately reflect true remission (no synovitis). This hypothesis was examined by studying patients using more stringent thresholds(More)
OBJECTIVES The treatment target for patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is remission. Imaging techniques and remission criteria may identify patients at risk of flare and associated consequences. This study aimed to determine the clinical, functional and imaging associations of disease flare in patients with RA in remission and any effect on long-term(More)
Eligibility for anti-tumour necrosis factor (TNF) therapy in most European countries is restricted to severe, active rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The DAS28 score is a marker of disease severity and incorporates one of two inflammatory markers, erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) or C-reactive protein. We aimed to determine the relation between genetic(More)
Remission is now the accepted goal of management in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). This article highlights the controversies surrounding the definition of remission and reviews the potential of current treatment options to achieve remission. Defining "true" remission can be difficult based on current criteria, which do not consider structural and physical(More)
For patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), remission can be achieved with tight control of inflammation and early use of disease modifying agents. The importance of remission as an outcome has been recently highlighted by European League Against Rheumatism recommendations. However, remission when defined by clinical remission criteria (disease activity(More)
The use of early aggressive treatment combined with the availability of biological agents targeting pro-inflammatory cytokines such TNF and IL-6 has greatly advanced the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Clinical remission is a realistic primary goal and its maintenance leads to stabilisation of structural deterioration and functional remission. With(More)
OBJECTIVE To ascertain whether a 1-year remission induction therapy with an infliximab-MTX (INF-MTX) combination in patients with early RA provided sustained benefit after INF cessation compared with conventional treatment. METHODS Twenty patients with poor prognosis RA of < 1 year of disease duration were randomized to receive either INF and MTX or(More)
OBJECTIVES Abatacept is the only agent currently approved to treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA) that targets the co-stimulatory signal required for full T-cell activation. No studies have been conducted on its effect on the synovium, the primary site of pathology. The aim of this study was to determine the synovial effect of abatacept in patients with RA and(More)