Matthias Schneider

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UNLABELLED BACKGROUND Treatment options for patients with ankylosing spondylitis are few. We aimed to assess the effectiveness of infliximab, an antibody to tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha, in treatment of such patients. METHODS In this 12-week placebo-controlled multicentre study, we randomly assigned 35 patients with active ankylosing spondylitis to(More)
OBJECTIVES To develop recommendations for the management of adult and paediatric lupus nephritis (LN). METHODS The available evidence was systematically reviewed using the PubMed database. A modified Delphi method was used to compile questions, elicit expert opinions and reach consensus. RESULTS Immunosuppressive treatment should be guided by renal(More)
OBJECTIVE To estimate and compare the direct and indirect costs of illness in rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), and to evaluate the effect of sex, disease duration and functional status on the various cost domains. METHODS Data of outpatients, aged 18-65, with rheumatoid(More)
UNLABELLED In the diagnosis of giant cell arteritis (GCA) with aortic involvement, (18)F-FDG PET has been demonstrated to be a powerful tool. No other imaging method is able to directly detect acute inflammation within the aortic wall. However, because GCA is a rare PET indication, the assessment of GCA with (18)F-FDG PET remains difficult and highly(More)
OBJECTIVES To develop recommendations for the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of neuropsychiatric systemic lupus erythematosus (NPSLE) manifestations. METHODS The authors compiled questions on prevalence and risk factors, diagnosis and monitoring, therapy and prognosis of NPSLE. A systematic literature search was performed and evidence was categorised(More)
OBJECTIVE To estimate the incidence rates of serious and nonserious infections in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who start treatment with a biologic agent, and to compare these rates with those in patients with RA who receive conventional treatment. METHODS Patients enrolled in the German biologics register between May 2001 and September 2003(More)
OBJECTIVE Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a complex disease with variable presentations, course and prognosis. We sought to develop evidence-based recommendations addressing the major issues in the management of SLE. METHODS The EULAR Task Force on SLE comprised 19 specialists and a clinical epidemiologist. Key questions for the management of SLE(More)
OBJECTIVES To develop recommendations for monitoring patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in clinical practice and observational studies and to develop a standardised core set of variables to monitor SLE. METHODS We followed the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) standardised procedures for guideline development. The following(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the risk of serious infection conveyed by tumour necrosis factor α (TNFα) inhibitors in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS Data from patients with RA enrolled in the German biologics register RABBIT were used for analysis. Baseline patient characteristics, time-varying risk factors (treatment changes, functional(More)