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Long term drug related remission may encourage drug withdrawal in patients with rheumatoid arthritis

Mehmet Engin Tezcan
Medical Hypotheses 2019, 125: 89
Remission is the goal of therapy in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). However, drug free remission has not been investigated adequately. Early and intensive treatment may increase the chances of successful drug free remission. Effect of long term remission while on medical therapy on the success of drug withdrawal has not been previously evaluated in RA. Long term immune suppression has been shown to have beneficial effects on relapse rates in other diseases with dysregulated immune tolerance. Therefore, drug withdrawal could be an acceptable option in RA patients in long term remission.


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