, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp 37-40

Doppler sonographic evaluation of effect of treatment with infliximab (Remicade) for rheumatoid arthritis

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Abstract

Synovial vascularization in the knee joints of six patients with rheumatoid arthritis who were treated with infliximab was evaluated by Doppler sonography. Power Doppler sonography demonstrated a significant reduction of color flow signals (P < 0.05), and spectral Doppler sonography demonstrated a significant increase in vascular resistance (P < 0.05) at week 6 (after three injections) evaluation of the therapy. A significant decrease in the number of tender joints (P < 0.05) and C-reactive protein value (P < 0.05) was also observed in these patients.