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I thank Lee and Song1 for their thoughtful comments on our recent publication.2 The authors state that our study did not examine the steroid-sparing effect of tocilizumab because of mandatory glucocorticoid tapering. Given that the dose reduction rate of glucocorticoid significantly correlates with the relapse rate,3 this randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study was designed with mandatory glucocorticoid tapering to investigate whether tocilizumab treatment enables glucocorticoid tapering without relapse of Takayasu arteritis. Although the primary endpoint, …
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