Table 3

Characteristics of patients with early arthritis with erosive and non-erosive disease

Erosive, n=17Non-erosive, n=33p Value
Age, years54 (24–81)46 (20–75)0.92
Disease duration, months6 (1–11)5 (1–12)0.39
DAS283.7 (1.1–5.7)2.4 (0.6–6.3)0.012
ESR, mm/h36 (3–91)32 (9–93)0.72
CRP, mg/litre14 (1–114)10 (1–133)0.68
VAS, 0–10042 (11–81)38 (3–98)0.88
IgM-RF positive, %35210.32
ACPA positive, %24270.88
  • ACPA, anti-citrullinated protein antibody; CRP, C-reactive protein; DAS28, 28-joint Disease Activity Score; ESR, erythrocyte sedimentation rate; IgM-RF, immunoglobulin M rheumatoid factor; VAS, visual analogue scale of global disease activity.