The Netherlands: RA Patients With Mono-, Oligo-Arthritis, High PGA Remain Most Fatigued

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients with mono- or oligo-arthritis and high Patient Global Assessment (PGA) at diagnosis remain the most fatigued, according to a study published in the June issue of Rheumatology.

Anna M.P. Boeren, from the Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands, and colleagues studied Disease Activity Score (DAS) components at diagnosis in relation to the course of fatigue over a five-year period in two early RA cohorts. Data were included for 1,560 RA patients in the Leiden Early Arthritis Cohort and 415 in the tREACH cohort. Swollen joint count, tender joint count, erythrocyte sedimentation rate, and PGA (on a visual analogue scale) were assessed in relation to fatigue.

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