Standards of treatment
of the National Consultant for Rheumatology standpoint for the biologic therapy of juvenile idiopathic arthritis
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Online publication date: 2009-08-11
Reumatologia 2009;47(3):111-115
Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is the most common chronic autoimmune disease in children. Treatment relies mostly on nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroids, and disease – modyfying antirheumatic drugs. “Biologics” (anticytokine drugs) are an important therapeutic option for treating patients with JIA and will be introduced as therapy in the course of patients, who inadequately respond to conventional disease-modyfying antirheumatic drugs, preferred methotrexate. In the publication we present the position of the expert pediatric rheumatologist panel of the National Consultant for Rheumatology concerning anticytokine drugs in JIA treatment.
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