Intravenous Laser Blood Irradiation Increases Efficacy of Etanercept in Selected Subtypes of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: An Innovative Clinical Research Approach
Arthritis-related pharmacological therapy.
Current administration of DMARDs
Methotrexate mean dose ± SD per patient—mg/m2/week
All patients receiving Methotrexate were also prescribed folic acid 5 mg, which was given the morning following Methotrexate administration, as per local protocol
Other DMARDs—no. (%)
Current administration of corticosteroids
Oral corticosteroid—no. (%)
Oral corticosteroid—Prednisolone equivalent mean dose ± SD per patient—mg/kg/day
I.v. Prednisolone—no. (%)
I.v. Prednisolone—no. of boluses per month per patient (30 mg/kg, max 1 g); mean ± SD
Intraarticular Prednisolone—no. (%)
Intraarticular Prednisolone—no. of joints per patient (1.5–2.5 mg/small joint; 25–50 mg/large joints); mean ± SD
Current administration of biological agents
Etanercept mean dose ± SD per patient—mg/kg, twice a week
Other biological agents—no. (%)
NS: nonsignificant difference between the two groups, value ≥ 0.05. DMARDs: disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs.
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