Joint erosions and patients with early rheumatoid arthritis.

  title={Joint erosions and patients with early rheumatoid arthritis.},
  author={D{\'e}sir{\'e}e Mfm van der Heijde},
  journal={British journal of rheumatology},
  volume={34 Suppl 2},
The development of changes on X-rays in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), as described in the literature, is presented. Prospective studies on patients with early disease show that approximately 75% of the patients have joint erosions. The majority of patients develop the first erosions during the first 2 yr of the disease. The rate of progression, expressed as newly eroded joints or increase in radiographic damage, is highest during the early years of the disease. Joints in the feet… CONTINUE READING

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