Ditte Smed Iversen, René Drage Østgård, Tove Lorenzen & Kresten Krarup Keller:
Diagnosing and treating rheumatoid arthritis
Ugeskr Læger 2018;180:V06180444
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic, autoimmune joint disease associated with increased risk of multiorgan involvement and comorbidities such as osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, and infections. Therefore, doctors in other specialities should have knowledge of RA. No diagnostic criteria are available, but the classification criteria are often used as a diagnostic tool. Early initiation of effective immunosuppressive treatment is essential to improve outcome. The cornerstone of treatment is intra-articular administration of glucocorticoids in combination with methotrexate.