Rheumatoid Arthritis early ra treatment
Delaying treatment in RA can make a big differenceâ€¦next RA Therapy: Study Supports Early TreatmentWindow Neil Osterweil writing in Medscape Today reporteda study of more than 1200 patients treated with diseasemodifying antirheumatic drugs(DMARDs) suggests that patients started on therapy within a few months of symptom onsetwill have more durable DMARDfree remissions than patients for whom therapy was delayed.The curve of the relationship is nonlinear, indicating the presence of a quot;window of opportunityquot;for ameliorating joint erosion, dampening inflammation, and reducing the need for orthopedicsurgery, report Jessica A. B. van Nies, MD,
from the Department of Rheumatology, LeidenUniversity Medical Center, the Netherlands, and colleagues. The study was published inthe Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. Comment: Early treatment means remission.