Takahito Suto

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OBJECTIVE In recent years, the use of one or more conventional synthetic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs has been recommended for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). We performed a 52-week study on the efficacy and safety of iguratimod (IGU) against patients with RA in daily clinical use. METHODS Forty-one patients were enrolled in this(More)
The assessments of joint damage in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are mainly restricted to small joints in the hands and feet. However, the development of arthritis in RA patients often involves the large joints, such as the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, and ankle. Few studies have been reported regarding the degree of large joint destruction in RA(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to assess the risk factors for shoulder joint destruction in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients treated with biologics. METHODS Thirty shoulders of 29 patients with RA were assessed using 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) before starting biologics and 6 months(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the associations between large-joint damage and findings on fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography combined with computed tomography (FDG-PET/CT) using the "assessment of rheumatoid arthritis by scoring of large-joint destruction and healing in radiographic imaging (ARASHI)" scoring system. METHODS A total of 270 large(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to compare the efficacy of six-month teriparatide treatment followed by six-month bisphosphonate therapy with 12-month bisphosphonate monotherapy in Japanese rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients who had not been previously treated for osteoporosis. METHODS A total of 34 RA patients with osteoporosis were enrolled.(More)
AIM The objective of this study was to assess arthritis of the whole body before and after total knee arthroplasty (TKA) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) using positron emission tomography (PET). METHOD Seventeen knees of 17 RA patients (median age 68 years) who underwent TKA were included in this study. Clinical assessments of disease activity,(More)
Many previous reports have indicated that atypical femur fractures (AFFs) are associated with the administration of bisphosphonates (BPs). A number of risk factors and hypotheses regarding the pathogenesis of AFFs have been reported to date. The purpose of the present study was to identify the factors associated with AFFs in Japanese individuals and to(More)
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