A double-blind study on the effect of discontinuation of gold therapy in patients with rheumatoid arthritis
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To assess the benefit of further gold treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients who had already received more than 6 g of this metal, 24 such patients were included in a double-blind trial. Besides this “gold group” comprising 11 patients who received gold (Auromyose®) in the same dosage schedule as before the study, the trial included a “placebo group” comprising 13 patients who received gold in a suspension diluted 1/100. In either group clinical, laboratory, and radiological data did not differ after 6 and 24 months in relation to the results at entry except for the serum gold concentrations, which were lower in the placebo group. We conclude that discontinuation of the treatment in RA patients who have received more than 6 g gold is not harmful to the patients for at least two years after withdrawal.
Key wordsChrysotherapy Serum Concentrations Controlled Study
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