Table 3

Patients in clinical remission satisfying or not satisfying the American College of Rheumatology criteria for remission

Parameter

Remission by ACR criteriaa

Nonremission by ACR criteriaa


N

17

19

Age (mean ± standard deviation [range]; years)

48 ± 11 (28–67)

54 ± 11 (39–67)

Sex (male/female)

3/14

4/15

Disease duration (mean ± standard deviation [range]; years)

9.8 ± 6.6 (3–25)

9.7 ± 6.3 (2–28)

Remission duration (mean ± standard deviation [range]; months)

26 ± 16 (6–60)

30 ± 36 (6–144)

CRP (mean ± standard deviation [range]; mg/l), below/above detectionb

3.0 ± 3.8 (0–10), 10/7

4.0 ± 5.2 (0–12), 13/6


aAmerican College of Rheumatology (ACR) remission criteria : less than 15 min morning stiffness; no fatigue; no joint pain; no joint tenderness or pain on motion; no swelling of soft tissue in joint or tendon sheaths; and <30 mm/h erythrocyte sedimentation rate. bC-reactive protein (CRP) values <5 mg/l are considered below the detection range. CRP values <10 mg/l are considered normal among the local population.

Ponchel et al. Arthritis Res Ther 2005 7:R80-R92   doi:10.1186/ar1452

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