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Table 3 Association of the clinical characteristics with ultrasonographic changes in the ACW joints in rheumatoid arthritis patients

From: Relation between pulmonary function tests and ultrasonographic changes of asymptomatic anterior chest wall joints in rheumatoid arthritis patients

  RA with US changes
(16)
RA without US changes
(6)
T test P
Age of onset (years)
mean ± SD
35.2 ± 7.3 37.9 ± 6.7 0.7 0.5
Duration
mean ± SD
17.5 ± 5.9 5.1 ± 1.6 2.2 0.02*
Disease activity
DAS28 ESR
5.9 ± 0.6 2.9 ± 0.2 3 0.007*
Medications:
 Biological DMARDS 4 (25) 2 (40)   
 Conventional DMARDS 12 (75) 4 (20) 0.5 0.8
 NSAIDS 4 (23.5) 2 (40)   
 Steroid 12 (5.9) 4 (20) 0.9 0.3
  1. RA rheumatoid arthritis, US ultrasonography, SD standard deviation, n number, DAS28 Disease Activity Score-28, DMARDs disease modifying agents for rheumatic diseases, NSAIDs non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  2. *P value < 0.05 is significant