How is remission in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) predicted?

Updated: Feb 07, 2020
  • Author: Howard R Smith, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Given the cost and potential adverse effects of newer drugs used to treat RA, individualized treatment requires knowledge of poor prognostic factors. A systematic review of prospective studies identified 16 independent clinical, laboratory, and genetic factors predictive of RA remission. Although the predictive value of these factors remains to be confirmed, early aggressive treatment has been shown to improve outcomes regardless of poor prognostic factors. [39]


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