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MRI inflammation at the vertebral unit only marginally predicts new syndesmophyte formation: a multilevel analysis in patients with ankylosing spondylitis
  1. Désirée van der Heijde1,
  2. Pedro Machado1,2,
  3. Jürgen Braun3,
  4. Kay-Geert A Hermann4,
  5. Xenofon Baraliakos3,
  6. Benjamin Hsu5,
  7. Daniel Baker5,
  8. Robert Landewé6
  1. 1Rheumatology Department, Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, The Netherlands
  2. 2Rheumatology Department, Coimbra University Hospital, Coimbra, Portugal
  3. 3Rheumatology, Rheumazentrum Ruhrgebiet Herne, Ruhr-University Bochum, Bochum, Germany
  4. 4Radiology Department, Charité Medical School, Berlin, Germany
  5. 5Research and Development, Centocor Inc., Malvern, Pennsylvania, USA
  6. 6Rheumatology Department, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam and Atrium Medical Center, Heerlen, The Netherlands
  1. Correspondence to Professor Désirée van der Heijde, Department of Rheumatology, Leiden University Medical Center, PO Box 9600, 2300 RC Leiden, The Netherlands; d.vanderheijde{at}kpnplanet.nl

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  • Funding PM was supported by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) grant SFRH/BD/62329/2009.

  • Competing interest None.

  • Ethics approval Ethics committee approval was secured for the ASSERT trial. This study is an investigator-preformed subanalysis of the ASSERT cohort.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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Footnotes

  • Funding PM was supported by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) grant SFRH/BD/62329/2009.

  • Competing interest None.

  • Ethics approval Ethics committee approval was secured for the ASSERT trial. This study is an investigator-preformed subanalysis of the ASSERT cohort.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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