Twenty patients with various stages of RA were examined. They included: 1) 7 cases in Steinbroker stage 1 (onset); 2) 13 cases in Steinbroker stage 2-3 (chronic). The group was divided into 16 treated and 4 untreated cases. Monoclonal antibodies were used to assay T3, T4, T8 and the T4/T8 ratio and the results were compared with those in a control group. The results showed a T8 deficit and a consequent change in the T4/T8 ratio in untreated subjects with 'onset' RA. The immune situation of the chronic and treated cases was very similar to that in the control group probably as a result of treatment.
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - 1988|
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