ProHealth health Vitamin and Natural Supplement Store and Health
Home  |  Log In  |  My Account  |  View Cart  View Your ProHealth Vitamin and Supplement Shopping Cart
800-366-6056  |  Contact Us  |  Help

|
|
|
|

Trending News

Gut Bacteria, Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance

Reverse Mitochondrial Damage

Culprits of Autism Identified: Toxins, Gut Bacteria, Nutritional Deficiencies, and Vaccines Made wit...

Turmeric compound boosts regeneration of brain stem cells

Use of Broad-Spectrum Antibiotics Before Age 2 Associated with Obesity Risk

CoQ10: The Longevity Factor

Is Homocysteine Making You Sick?

VIDEO: Beautiful Clouds - Relaxation and Meditation

Magnesium: Widespread Deficiency with Deadly Consequences

Elevated plasma biomarkers of chronic inflammation in Gulf War illness

 
Print Page
Email Article

Abstract Remission in Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Retrospective Study

  [ 17 votes ]   [ Discuss This Article ]
By S. Akkus, E. Tunc, C. Dombaycy, M. Ozturk • www.ProHealth.com • June 17, 2002




Background: The aim of treatment in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is to prevent articular damage and functional loss by decreasing the activity of the disease. The overall goal full suppression of the activity of the disease, also called as remission. In RA, some patients step into remission with treatment and some do it spontaneously. There is little work on remission rates and relevant factors in RA.

Objectives: The aim of this study was to determine the frequency of remission in rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and to identify features associated with remission.

Methods: Retrospective study of patients with RA seen at a single center between 1996-2000. Patients had at least one year of follow-up. Remission was defined according to ACR criteria at least in last two consecutive visits. Patients were classified according to remission status as remission or non-remission. A detailed chart review was undertaken to determine demographic characteristics, history and initial manifestation and laboratory testing results of RA.

Results: Among 240 patients with RA 105 patients fulfilled the inclusion criteria. Remission was established in 32 patients (30.4%). The ratio of male patients in remission group was greater than the ratio of female patients (34.3% vs. 16.4%), but this difference was not statistically significant. Initial Steinbrocker grades were higher in non-remission patients (p=0.039). Anemia (p=0.002) and the high levels of ESR (p=0.001) at the time of diagnosis were also more common in non-remission group. However, neither previous history, gender, duration of the disease, rheumatoid factor, rheumatoid nodule nor the age at the onset of the disease was associated with remission.

Conclusion: Anemia and the high levels of ESR at disease onset and the initial Steinbrocker grade may predict the probability of non-remission in most patients. Some clinical and laboratory characteristics of patients at their first clinic visit may be associated with future remissions.




Please Discuss This Article:   Post a Comment 



[ Be the first to comment on this article ]




 
Free Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia Newsletters
Subscribe to
Our FREE
Newsletter
Subscribe Now!
Receive up-to-date ME/CFS & Fibromyalgia treatment and research news
 Privacy Guaranteed  |  View Archives

Save on Vitamins and Supplements

Featured Products

Ultra ATP+, Double Strength Ultra ATP+, Double Strength
Get energized with malic acid & magnesium
Ultra EPA  - Fish Oil Ultra EPA - Fish Oil
Ultra concentrated source of essential fish oils
Vitamin D3 Extreme™ by ProHealth Vitamin D3 Extreme™ by ProHealth
50,000 IU Vitamin D3 - Prescription Strength
FibroSleep™ by ProHealth FibroSleep™ by ProHealth
The All-in-One Natural Sleep Aid
Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor® Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor®
Reduce Fatigue up to 45%

Natural Remedies

Natural Support for Mood, Sleep and Mental Focus? L-theanine Natural Support for Mood, Sleep and Mental Focus? L-theanine
Green Coffee Extract: Unique Obesity Intervention Green Coffee Extract: Unique Obesity Intervention
Sleep Like a Baby in Nature's Cradle Sleep Like a Baby in Nature's Cradle
Itching to Find Dry Skin Relief? Itching to Find Dry Skin Relief?
Dreaming of a Good Night's Sleep? Dreaming of a Good Night's Sleep?

FIBROMYALGIA RESOURCES
What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia 101
Fibromyalgia Symptoms
Fibromyalgia Treatments
| CFS RESOURCES
What is CFS?
ME/CFS 101
ME/CFS Symptoms
ME/CFS Treatments
| FORUMS
Fibromyalgia
ME/CFS
ADVANCED MEDICAL LABS
WHOLESALE  |  AFFILIATES
GUARANTEE
CONTACT US
PRIVACY
RSS
SITE MAP
ProHealth on Facebook  ProHealth on Twitter  ProHealth on Pinterest  ProHealth on Google Plus
Credit Card Processing