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Sex: a major predictor of remission as measured by 28-joint Disease Activity Score (DAS28) in early rheumatoid arthritis?
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    Gender differences in remission rate shown by DAS28 criterion remained when applying ACR criteria

    Dear editor,

    We have with great interest read the letter by Mäkinen, Hannonen and Sokka in the July issue of the ARD, 2008 (1). The authors make the point that the sex differences in remission rates assessed by DAS28 in patients with early RA reported by us (2,3) may be spurious due to the fact that DAS 28 does not take into account gender differences in erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR). Consequently they propose tha...

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