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TNF in RA stimulates the production of _____________________
T Lymphocytes
What is a normal ESR value?
<20-30 mm/h

RA is elevated
What is the normal C-reactive Protein level?
<0.8 mg/dL

Elevated in RA
Step 1 in RA diagnosis

1. Morning Stiffness
2. involves >3 joints
3. Arthritis in hands
4. Bilateral Movement
5. Rheumatoid nodules
6. (+) Rheumatoid factor
7. Radiographic evidence of RA
step 2 in Diagnosis
Physical exam of joints

1. edema
2. effusion
3. warmth
4. Tenderness on palpation
step 3 in RA diagnosis
RA Panel

1. ESR >30
2. C-reactive protein >0.8
3. RF >15
4. Cyclic citrullinated antibodies (anti-CCP) >25
If you have Rheumatoid factor you have RA T/F

found in 5% healthy ppl who nvr get RA
normal RF level

RA >15
This if found confirms RA diagnosis

Normal <25
normal anti-CCP
(Cyclic citrullinated antibodies)
step 4 in RA diagnosis

CT scan

to see deformities, erosions, soft tissue swelling
after diagnosis, start ____ within 3 mo of diagnosis
if inadequate response after 3 mo of MAXIMAL therapy, what would be your next step?
Add or change DMARD
This is not recommended in RA patients with CHF Bleeding ulcer, SCr > 2.5mg/dl, or hypovolemia
This RA med relieves symptoms within days and may slow rate of joint damage
What are the ADR of glucocorticoids?
wt gain/HTN
You would use this DMARD early in mild disease.

It is the Least toxic however it takes 1-6 monthe to achieve benefit and it does NOT slow radiologic damage
This DMARD can relieve symptoms in as little as 4 weeks. It also slows radiographic progression.
when should a pt be reviewed for efficacy with sulfasalazine?
4 months
what are the SE and Contraindications for Sulfasalazine?
SE: GI, blood, Rash

Contraindications: Sulfa allergies. Intestinal or urinary obstructions
this is the DMARD of choice
What must be supplimented with MTX?
What is the dose of MTX?
7.5-15 EVERY WEEK!
This inhibits cytokine production, PURINE synthesis

(inhibits formation of T lymphocytes)
What must you monitor on a pt on MTX?
signs of infection

LFT monthly for first 6 mo then every 1-2 months thereafter


This inhibits de novo PYRIMIDINE synthesis by inhibiting dihydrooratate dehydrogenase
Leflunomide (Arava)
Must D/C Arava if LFTs > 3x UNL and give ______ 8 grams TID for 11 days
This is an IL-1 receptor antagonist.

(can damage bone)
Kineret (Anakinra)
when can you use Anakinra
when TNF inhibitor cant be used
Name the 5 TNF-Inhibitors
1. Cimzia (certolizumab pegol)
2. Simponi (Golimumab)
3. Humira (adalimumab)
4. Remicade (Infliximab)
5. Enbrel (Etanercept)
this is used commonly after MTX failure or even in MTX naive patients
Improvement in symptoms, labs, pain scale should be seen in _____ weeks when on a TNF
12 weeks
Which TNF I can you use in young patients?
Humira, Enbrel
This TNF is mainly used in Combination with DMARDS
MOA: Targets and depletes CD20-positive B cells
Rituximab (Rituxan)
Use this in combination with MTX in adults with moderate to sever RA who had inadequate response to > 1 TNF inhibitor
Rituximab (Rituxan)
What is the dosing for Rituximab?
two IV infusions seperated by 2 weeks

Premedicate w APAP/Benedryl.

IV methylprednisone 100mg administered 30 min b4 each infusion
This is used in adults with moderate to severe RA with inadequate response to DMARDS including MTX or TNFIs
Abatacept (Orencia)