Rheumatoid arthritis: Erosion defined: back to basics
Department of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology
Musculoskeletal Diseases | Rheumatology
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
Nature reviews. Rheumatology
Kay, Jonathan and Gravallese, Ellen M., "Rheumatoid arthritis: Erosion defined: back to basics" (2013). University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications. 80.