Course and prognosis in seropositive and seronegative rheumatoid arthritisReport as inadecuate

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Reumatizam, Vol.60 No.1 June 2013. -

Long since it have been suggested that a subpopulation of patients with rheumatoid arthritis RA, diagnosed with negative rheumatoid factor RF tests, represents a clinical entity quite distinct from that of seropositive rheumatoid arthritis. The aim of the study was to establish a scientific comparative analysis between RA seronegative and seropositive, regarding course and prognoses of the disease. Two hundred fifty patients with rheumatoid arthritis according to the American College of Rheumatology criteria were retrospectively studied by analysis the course and prognoses of disease. All examinees were between 25-60 years of age Xb=49.9, SD=10.3 with disease duration between 1-27 years Xbox=6.41, SD=6.47. Course of the disease with -remissions and exacerbations-, progressive continual course and bad prognoses, were more presented in seropositive group of patients. Partial remission was more common in seronegative patients but according to serostatus and gender has not shown statistically significant difference. Duration of the disease was a specific prognostic sign for both subsets r=0.32, p

Author: Vjollca Sahatçiu-Meka - ; Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinic, University Clinical Center of Kosovo, Prishtina, Kosovo S



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