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Apheresis and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Ann Intern Med. 1983;98(5_Part_1):666-667. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-98-5-666
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Many remedies are capable of interrupting the pain and inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis, but none are uniformly successful. The adrenal corticosteroid hormones remain the most effective remedy but cause totally unacceptable side effects. Arthrodesis also eliminates pain and swelling but at the expense of joint function. The fast-acting anti-inflammatory agents, rapidly increasing in number, are often successively used, in a search for the most effective yet least harmful agent. The slow-acting drugs (also called, with differing degrees of precision, disease modifying, remission inducing, or second line) are given in addition to find the one that will work without causing unwanted


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