Clin Rheumatol 2021 Jul 16. Epub 2021 Jul 16.
Division of Rheumatology, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, 1000 Veteran Avenue, Box 32-59, Los Angeles, CA, 90024, USA.
Objective: Within rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients treated with intravenous tocilizumab (IV-TCZ), it is unclear if power Doppler ultrasonography (PDUS) can predict future clinical response. This study sought to determine if baseline PDUS or its early changes can predict 12-week and 24-week disease activity outcomes, and quantify the need for dose escalation (4 to 8 mg/kg).
Methods: Fifty-four RA patients starting IV-TCZ were evaluated at baseline, 4, 6, 12, 16, and 24 weeks using 34-joint PDUS (US34-PDUS), clinical disease activity index (CDAI), 28-joint disease activity score using erythrocyte sedimentation rate (DAS28-ESR), ACR 20/50/70, health assessment questionnaire-disability index (HAQ-DI), and PDUS 20/50/70, a novel measure. Read More