Table 1

Clinical data on the study patients with rheumatoid arthritis

BaselineFollow up
The data represent median (range). The mean follow up was 58 months (range 38–72).
Group I (n = 20)
Tender joint count11 (1–26)2 (0–18)
Swollen joint count8 (1–24)2 (0–13)
HAQ2.0 (0–3.0)0.3 (0–2.3)
DAS6.0 (3.2–7.8)2.7 (1.3–6.7)
CRP (mg/l)58 (8–307)5 (1–96)
ESR (mm/1st h)69 (17–109)12 (2–66)
Larsen score2.0 (0–18)7.0 (0–45)
Group II (n = 16)
Tender joint count11 (3–26)6 (0–26)
Swollen joint count8 (2–27)4 (0–28)
HAQ1.4 (0.5–2.8)0.9 (0–2.6)
DAS5.5 (4.6–7.4)4.0 (1.7–7.4)
CRP (mg/l)41 (3–80)7 (1–34)
ESR (mm/1st h)54 (14–120)20 (8–60)
Larsen score1.0 (0–17)22 (12–99)