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Treat with disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs

Immediate treatment of RA with disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) is important to achieve control of the disease and prevent disability.

Our patient. We ordered a purified protein derivative skin test in preparation for the patient to start therapy with a DMARD. Our patient followed up with Rheumatology and was started on indomethacin, with an initial dose of 25 mg bid. (DMARDs are first-line therapy; indomethacin is a second-line choice. In this case, the patient declined DMARDs after hearing they lowered the body’s ability to fight infection.) An RF level measured 6.74 IU/ml, which is within normal limits. The patient was subsequently lost to follow-up.

Barbara Kiersz, DO, 6835 Austin Center Blvd., Austin, TX 78731; [email protected].


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