Table 2

Main radiological and laboratory features in the two groups of patients, divided according to the final diagnosis

PMR2-150(n=65) RA2-150(n=19) p Value
Erosions (plain standard radiograph)00NS2-150
ESR2-150 (mm/1st hour) (mean)74.983.6NS
Rheumatoid factor (No of positive patients)870.03
Rheumatoid factor (titre)92 (32–424)98 (40–820)NS
Alkaline phosphatase and/or γGT2-150increase1610.1
AST2-150 and/or ALT2-150increase21NS
WBC2-150 >10 × 109/l152NS
PLT2-150 >450 × 109/l111NS
Haemoglobin <105 g/l101NS
% CD8 (mean (SD))2-151 28 (7)31 (9)NS
  • 2-150 PMR = Polymyalgia rheumatica; RA = rheumatoid arthritis; NS = not significant; ESR = erythrocyte sedimentation rate; GT = glutamyltransferase; AST = aspartate aminotransferase; ALT = alanine aminotransferase; WBC = white blood count; PLT = platelet count.

  • 2-151 Limited to 49 patients (39 PMR and 10 RA).