Table 1.

Clinical characteristics of the 52 patients with RA at baseline. Except where indicated otherwise, values are the number (%) of subjects.

CharacteristicPatients with RA
Age, yrs, mean ± SD52.1 ± 16.6
Sex
  Male15 (28.9)
  Female37 (71.1)
Disease duration (mos), mean ± SD78.2 ± 51.4
DAS28-ESR, mean ± SD5.3 ± 1.5
CRP, mg/l, mean ± SD10.8 ± 4.2
RF positivity40 (76.9)
Immunosuppressants
  Glucocorticoids35 (67.3)
  Methotrexate43 (82.7)
  • RA: rheumatoid arthritis; DAS28-ESR: Disease Activity Score at 28 joints-erythrocyte sedimentation rate; CRP: C-reactive protein; RF: rheumatoid factor.