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Fig. 3 | Arthritis Research & Therapy

Fig. 3

From: Increase in circulating Th17 cells during anti-TNF therapy is associated with ultrasonographic improvement of synovitis in rheumatoid arthritis

Fig. 3

Increase in circulating T helper (Th)17 cells during anti-TNF treatment correlates with improvement in joint inflammation. Negative correlation is shown between the change in frequency of IL17-positive cells (determined by IL17 enzyme-linked immunospot (Elispot) assay) from baseline to week 12 on treatment and the change in quantitative ultrasound scores for synovial thickening (Trans STA) and vascularity (Trans PDA) from baseline to week 12 in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Correlation was tested using the Spearman’s rank method. 10 MCP Trans PDA composite transverse power Doppler area score for synovial vascularity of ten metacarpophalangeal joints, 10 MCP Trans STA composite transverse synovial thickness area score of ten metacarpophalangeal joints. a Synovial thickening. b Synovial vascularity

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