Clin Exp Rheumatol 2022 Jun 13. Epub 2022 Jun 13.
First Department of Propaedeutic and Internal Medicine and Joint Academic Rheumatology Program, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Medical School, Athens, Greece.
Objectives: To examine adrenal cortex reserve in patients with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMD) who relapse upon tapering of low glucocorticoid dose, despite concomitant treatment with disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs).
Methods: A morning standard dose of 250 mcg tetracosactide (Synacthen test) was given in 25 consecutive patients (13 rheumatoid arthritis, 2 psoriatic arthritis, 5 systemic lupus erythematosus, 2 dermatomyositis, 1 systemic sclerosis, 2 temporal arteritis) at the time of relapse upon small reductions (1-2 mg daily) of low prednisolone dose (<7.5 mg daily), while being on stable concomitant treatment with methotrexate, leflunomide, hydroxychloroquine, azathioprine, mycophenolate, tofacitinib, belimumab, anti-TNF, anti-IL-6 or anti-IL-1 regimens (n=14; 3; 9; 1; 2; 1; 1; 5; 2; 1, respectively). Read More