alexa Sulphasalazine in ankylosing spondylitis. A radiological, clinical and laboratory assessment.


Internal Medicine: Open Access

Author(s): Taylor HG, Beswick EJ, Dawes PT

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Abstract In a 12-month double-blind placebo-controlled trial, the effect of sulphasalazine was studied in 40 patients with ankylosing spondylitis. The treatment group showed significant improvement in pain, stiffness, sleep disturbance (p less than 0.05), finger/floor distance, erythrocyte sedimentation rate, C-reactive protein, orosomucoid and IgA levels (p less than 0.01). There was improvement in sleep disturbance (p less than 0.05), finger/floor distance and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (p less than 0.01) in the placebo group. Sulphasalazine did not retard radiological progression as measured either by plain X-ray or computerised tomographic scans. Multiple analysis of variance did not show a significant difference in disease activity indicators between the 2 groups.
This article was published in Clin Rheumatol and referenced in Internal Medicine: Open Access

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