University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

Title

Rheumatoid arthritis: Erosion defined: back to basics

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology

Date

6-1-2013

Document Type

Article

Medical Subject Headings

Arthritis, Rheumatoid

Disciplines

Musculoskeletal Diseases | Rheumatology

Abstract

Targeted biologic therapies markedly slow the progression of structural damage in rheumatoid arthritis (RA); thus, the presence of bony erosion suggests that had treatment been initiated earlier, joint damage might have been prevented. Some patients with early inflammatory arthritis, the group most likely to benefit from prompt initiation of treatment, are not classified as having RA using the 1987 American Rheumatism Association classification criteria.

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Citation: Nat Rev Rheumatol. 2013 Jun;9(6):323-4. doi: 10.1038/nrrheum.2013.60. Link to article on publisher's site

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