The clinical and laboratory findings in 100 patients with rheumatoid arthritis of less than a year's duration are described. A surprisingly high number had evidence of keratoconjunctivitis sicca and oral manifestations of Sjogren's syndrome. Increased 133Xe joint clearances and pertechnetate (99m)Tc joint uptakes were found in clinically uninvolved knee joints. Thrombocytosis was common, but hypercalcaemia was not found. The initial drug prescribed by the patients' family doctors showed an unacceptably high choice of phenylbutazone and oxyphenbutazone as the drugs of first choice.
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||Rhumatologie - Revue International de Rhumatologie|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 1 1980|
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