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The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of long-term infliximab treatment on various autoantibodies in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Serum samples from 30 consecutive patients, who were prospectively followed during infliximab and methotrexate therapy for refractory rheumatoid arthritis, were tested at baseline and after 30, 54 and(More)
INTRODUCTION The purpose of this study was to investigate the prevalence of cyclic citrullinated peptide antibodies (anti-CCP) in patients with primary Sjögren syndrome (pSS) and its correlation with clinical and laboratory data. METHODS We analysed the clinical and serological data of 155 consecutive patients with pSS. Among these, 14 were excluded due(More)
BACKGROUND Aiming at therapeutic targets has reduced the risk of organ failure in many diseases such as diabetes or hypertension. Such targets have not been defined for rheumatoid arthritis (RA). OBJECTIVE /st> To develop recommendations for achieving optimal therapeutic outcomes in RA. METHODS A task force of rheumatologists and a patient developed a(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the safety and effectiveness of adalimumab alone or in combination with standard disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS Patients with active RA despite treatment with DMARDs or prior treatment with a tumour necrosis factor antagonist participated in a multicentre,(More)
OBJECTIVES To summarise existing evidence on a target oriented approach for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) treatment. METHODS We conducted a systematic literature search including all clinical trials testing clinical, functional, or structural values of a targeted treatment approach. Our search covered Medline, Embase and Cochrane databases until December 2008(More)
OBJECTIVES This study aimed to evaluate the usefulness of a systematic musculoskeletal ultrasonographic (US) assessment in the detection of residual disease activity in patients with early RA who achieved clinical remission. METHODS We prospectively studied 106 early RA patients receiving conventional DMARDs according to a disease activity score(More)
BACKGROUND Since approval of tocilizumab (TCZ) for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), interleukin 6 (IL-6) pathway inhibition was evaluated in trials of TCZ and other agents targeting the IL-6 receptor and ligand in various RA populations and other inflammatory diseases. This consensus document informs on(More)
OBJECTIVE The B cell chemoattractant chemokine ligand 13 (CXCL13) is emerging as a new biochemical marker in RA. This study was undertaken to dissect the relationship between CXCL13 expression levels in the synovium and clinico-pathological variables relevant to RA pathogenesis and outcome. METHODS Synovial tissues from 71 RA patients were evaluated by(More)
INTRODUCTION Biological markers specifically reflecting pathological processes may add value in the assessment of inter-individual variations in the course of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The current study was undertaken to investigate whether baseline serum levels of the chemokine CXCL13 might predict clinical and ultrasonographic (US) outcomes in patients(More)
We aimed to develop evidence-based multinational recommendations for the diagnosis and management of gout. Using a formal voting process, a panel of 78 international rheumatologists developed 10 key clinical questions pertinent to the diagnosis and management of gout. Each question was investigated with a systematic literature review. Medline, Embase,(More)