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Table 2 Clinical characteristics of the patients at the time of synovectomy

From: Isolation and characterization of rheumatoid arthritis synovial fibroblasts from primary culture — primary culture cells markedly differ from fourth-passage cells

    Disease      
Patients Gender Age duration RF ESR CRP Number of ARA Concomitant
(total) (m/f) (years) (years) (+/-) (mm/h) (mg/l) criteria (RA) medication
Rheumatoid arthritis
16 7/9 61.4 ± 2.2 12.0 ± 2.4 11/4 (n.d. = 1) 33.0 ± 4.6 41.8 ± 7.7 5.2 ± 0.2 MTX (n = 10)
         Prednisolone (n = 13)
         Sulfasalazine (n = 4)
         Gold salts (n = 1)
         NSAIDs (n = 12)
Osteoarthritis
21 5/16 70.4 ± 2.6 9.8 ± 3.0 0/8 (n.d. = 13) 15.6 ± 1.9 4.6 ± 1.4 0.3 ± 0.1 MTX (n = 1)
         Prednisolone (n = 1)
         NSAIDs (n = 11)
         None (n = 10)
  1. For the parameters age, disease duration, erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), C-reactive protein (CRP) (normal range, < 5 mg/l), and number of American Rheumatism Association (ARA) criteria (rheumatoid arthritis [RA]), means ± SEM are given; for the remaining parameters, numbers are provided. m, Male; f, female; RF, rheumatoid factor; +/-, positive/negative; n.d. = not determined; MTX, Methotrexate; NSAIDs, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.