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Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment

Treatment targets include suppressing inflammatory activity and preventing bone destruction through suppressing the dysregulated immune response.

Diagnostics

In addition to clinical examination with identification of the affected joints, imaging techniques (sonography, X-ray, magnetic resonance imaging) are available to evaluate inflammation and  structural damage. Differentiation from other inflammatory rheumatic diseases is important. Rheumatoid factors and anti-CCP antibodies in the blood are important diagnostic markers. The assessment of possible organ involvement (skin, heart, vessels, lung, eye, nervous system) is important.

Treatment

Systemic steroids are used as a bridge until slower acting disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) become effective. The latter replace the long-term use of steroids and can favourably influence the course of the disease. These include conventional synthetic, targeted synthetic and biologic DMARDs. The early start of a DMARD therapy is crucial for the prevention of joint destruction. Non-pharmacological measures complement the therapeutic principles.

Cooperation

Our team cooperates in the field of rheumatoid arthritis within the Swiss Clinical Quality Management Program (SCQM).

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