Elizabeth M. A. Hensor

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OBJECTIVE Achieving remission is the aim of treatment in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). This should represent minimal arthritis activity and ensure optimal disease outcome. However, we have previously demonstrated a high prevalence of imaging-detected synovial inflammation in RA patients who were in clinical remission. The purpose of this study was to evaluate(More)
OBJECTIVES To review the evidence for the efficacy and safety of biological agents in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) to provide data to develop treatment recommendations by the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) Task Force. METHODS Medline, Embase and Cochrane databases were searched for relevant articles on infliximab (IFX), etanercept(More)
OBJECTIVE More timely and effective therapy for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) has contributed to increasing rates of clinical remission. However, progression of structural damage may still occur in patients who have satisfied remission criteria, which suggests that there is ongoing disease activity. This questions the validity of current methods of assessing(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the efficacy and safety of infliximab combined with methotrexate compared with methotrexate alone in the treatment of ankylosing spondylitis (AS) using MRI and DXA to monitor its impact on bone. METHODS In this single centre study 42 subjects with active AS were treated with methotrexate and were randomly assigned, in a ratio of 2:1,(More)
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 The aim of this study was to assess the value of power Doppler ultrasound (PDUS) in combination with routine management in a cohort of patients with very early inflammatory arthritis (IA). METHODS 50 patients with < or =12 weeks of inflammatory symptoms with or without signs had clinical, laboratory and imaging assessments. Diagnosis was(More)
OBJECTIVE Anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (anti-CCP) antibodies have been identified as highly specific for rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Studies suggest an association with radiographic outcome. The aims of this study were to assess the diagnostic and prognostic utility of the second-generation anti-CCP(2) test in a large cohort of early RA patients(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the efficacy of infliximab in HLA-B27-positive patients with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-determined early sacroiliitis, using both clinical and MRI assessments. METHODS Forty patients with recent-onset inflammatory back pain, as assessed by the Calin criteria, HLA-B27 positivity, clinical disease activity as measured by the Bath(More)
BACKGROUND Fatty changes at vertebral corners have been reported on MRI in ankylosing spondylitis but the distribution or specificity of these lesions to early axial spondyloarthropathy (axial-SpA) has not been determined. OBJECTIVE To assess the diagnostic utility of fatty Romanus lesions (FRLs) for axial-SpA in a population with chronic back pain. (More)
OBJECTIVE Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is increasingly used for the diagnosis of axial spondylarthritis (SpA), but it is unknown whether characteristic lesions are actually specific for SpA. This study was undertaken to compare MRI patterns of disease in active SpA, degenerative arthritis (DA), and malignancy. METHODS Fat-suppressed MRI of the axial(More)