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Algorithm to predict radiological erosions in early rheumatoid arthritis

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 30 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1398

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  1. Paul Emery,
  2. Andrew Gough,
  3. Joe Devlin,
  4. Michael Green
  1. Arthritis and Rheumatism Council professor of rheumatology Consultant rheumatologist Senior registrar Research fellow Department of Rheumatology, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT

    EDITOR,—Paul Brennan and colleagues found that rheumatoid factor, disease lasting longer than three months, the involvement of at least two large joints, and male sex were significant predictors of radiological erosions in patients with arthritis in primary care.1 The first two findings are consistent with, but the latter two conflict with, previous data. Is this important, and why has it arisen?

    Entry criteria—The authors used the American College of Rheumatology's criteria for rheumatoid arthritis. These criteria, however, were not …

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