Table 1

Patient characteristics at baseline; patients with and without radiological progression. Data expressed as mean (SD) unless otherwise stated

BaselineRadiological course after 2 years*
All patients (n=47)Stable course (n=24)Progression (n=12)p Value†
*Paired radiographs at baseline, one, and two years were available in 36 patients; †comparison between baseline values of patients with progressive and stable radiological course after two years.
Age (years)56 (15)53 (15)60 (15)0.10
Female sex (%)5773480.12
Disease duration (years)13 (8)15 (10)13 (9)NS
RF positive (%)9810096NS
Previous DMARDs (n)4.7 (1.9)4.5 (2.3)4.9 (1.6)NS
Concomitant steroids (%)534053NS
DAS5.2 (1.0)5.0 (0.8)5.2 (1.0)0.43
Ritchie Articular Index25 (10)25 (10)25 (12)NS
Swollen joints (n)18 (5)18 (4)18 (6)NS
ESR (mm/1st h)34 (25)29 (26)38 (25)0.26
CRP (mg/l)64 (55)50 (46)67 (58)0.44
Sharp score
    Median111661140.31
    (p25–p75)(55–151)(46–145)(64–151)