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Which factors influence radiographic progression during treatment with tumor necrosis factor inhibitors in clinical practice? Results from 930 patients with rheumatoid arthritis in the nationwide Danish DANBIO registry

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OBJECTIVE: To investigate baseline characteristics associated with radiographic progression and the effect of disease activity, drug, switching, and withdrawal on radiographic progression in tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitor-naive patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) followed for about 2 years after anti-TNF initiation in clinical practice.

METHODS: DANBIO-registered patients with RA who had available radiographs (anti-TNF initiation and ∼2 yrs followup) were included. Radiographs were scored, blinded to chronology with the Sharp/van der Heijde method and linked with DANBIO data. Baseline characteristics were investigated with univariate regression and significant variables included in a multivariable logistic regression analysis with ± radiographic progression [Δ total Sharp score (TSS) > 0] as dependent variable. Effect of time-averaged C-reactive protein (CRP), 28-joint Disease Activity Score with CRP (DAS28-CRP), and treatment status at followup were investigated with univariate regression analysis.

RESULTS: The study included 930 patients. They were 75% women, 79% positive for IgM-rheumatoid factor (IgM-RF), median age was 57 yrs (range 19-88), disease duration 9 yrs (1-59), DAS28-CRP 5.0 (1.4-7.8), TSS median 15 [3-45 interquartile range (IQR)] and mean 31 (SD 40). Patients started treatment with infliximab (59%), etanercept (18%), or adalimumab (23%). At followup (median 526 days, IQR 392-735), 61% were treated with the initial anti-TNF, 29% had switched TNF inhibitor, and 10% had withdrawn. Twenty-seven percent of patients had progressed radiographically. ΔTSS was median 0.0 [0.0-0.5 IQR/mean 0.6 (SD 2.4)] units/year. Higher TSS, older age, positive IgM-RF, and concomitant prednisolone at baseline were associated with radiographic progression. Time-averaged DAS28-CRP and time-averaged CRP, but not type of TNF inhibitor, were associated with radiographic progression. Patients who stopped/switched during followup progressed more than patients who continued treatment.

CONCLUSION: High TSS, older age, IgM-RF positivity, and concomitant prednisolone were associated with radiographic progression during 2 years of followup of 930 anti-TNF-treated patients with RA in clinical practice. High disease activity and switching/stopping anti-TNF treatment were associated with radiographic progression.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftJournal of Rheumatology
Vol/bind41
Udgave nummer12
Sider (fra-til)2352-60
Antal sider9
ISSN0315-162X
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StatusUdgivet - dec. 2014

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