Validity, reproducibility, and responsiveness of a twelve-joint simplified power doppler ultrasonographic assessment of joint inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis.

@article{Naredo2008ValidityRA,
  title={Validity, reproducibility, and responsiveness of a twelve-joint simplified power doppler ultrasonographic assessment of joint inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis.},
  author={Esperanza Naredo and Manuel T Rodriguez and Cristina Campos and Jos{\'e} Manuel Rodr{\'i}guez-Heredia and Julio A Medina and Emilio Giner and Olga Micol Mart{\'i}nez and Francisco Javier Toyos and Teresa Ru{\'i}z and Inmaculada Ros and Manuel Pujol and Xavier Miquel and Luz Garcia and Juan Jos{\'e} Aznar and Eugenio Chamizo and Manuel P{\'a}ez and Pilar Morales and Amalia Rueda and Roser Tuneu and H{\`e}ctor Corominas and Juan Jos{\'e} de Agust{\'i}n and Carmen Moragues and Dolores M{\'i}nguez and Alfredo Willisch and Isabel Gonz{\'a}lez-Cruz and Angel Arag{\'o}n and Gerardo Iglesias and Carlos Armas and Juan Pablo Valdazo and Carmen Vargas and Jaime Calvo-Al{\'e}n and Antonio Juan-Mas and Georgina Salvador and Angels Puigdollers and Eva Gal{\'i}ndez and Noemi Garrido and Jos{\'e} Salaberri and Enrique Raya and Meritxell Sall{\'e}s and C{\'e}sar D{\'i}az and Jos{\'e} Luis Cuadra and Jes{\'u}s Garrido},
  journal={Arthritis and rheumatism},
  year={2008},
  volume={59 4},
  pages={515-22}
}
OBJECTIVE To investigate the validity, reproducibility, and responsiveness of a simplified power Doppler ultrasound (PDUS) assessment of joint inflammation compared with a comprehensive 44-joint PDUS assessment in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who started therapy with a biologic agent. METHODS A total of 160 patients with active RA who started a biologic agent were prospectively recruited in 18 Spanish centers. The patients underwent clinical and laboratory assessment and blinded… CONTINUE READING
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