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Rituximab abrogates joint destruction in rheumatoid arthritis by inhibiting osteoclastogenesis
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    Should we routinely check vitamin D and calcium levels before rituximab therapy?

    Dear Editor,

    The maintenance of serum calcium within normal limits is important to sustain life. In vitamin D deficiency calcium cannot adequately be absorbed by the intestinal mucosa. The lack of both of these important players in bone health and can bring about secondary hyperparathyroidism[1].

    The excess PTH, among other things, stimulates osteoclastogenesis[2] and liberates calcium from the skeleton t...

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