Nov 7, 1998

Sulphasalazine in the treatment of children with chronic arthritis

Clinical Rheumatology
J L Huang, L C Chen


The aim of this study was to investigate the efficacy and toxicity of sulphasalazine (SASP) in the treatment of children with chronic arthritis. The medical records of 36 children (25 boys, 11 girls) who received SASP for the treatment of chronic arthritis were reviewed. Twenty-one patients had juvenile spondyloarthropathies (JSA) (eight juvenile ankylosing spondylitis (JAS), 13 undifferentiated JSA (uJSA) and 15 had juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA). The patients received SASP therapy for a mean of 2.5 years (range 3 weeks to 8.1 years). Clinical and laboratory data were reviewed retrospectively to determine the effects of treatment. A clinically significant response occurred in 23 (64%) children: remission in 14 (39%) (JRA 5, JSA 9) and improvement (25% reduction in joint count) in nine (25%) (JRA 4, JSA 5). There was no difference in response rate between JRA and JSA patients (p = 0.11), but the time to remission was shorter in JSA patients (mean 5 months) than in JRA patients (mean 25 months) (p = 0.024). Twelve of the 36 patients discontinued non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and six of eight patients discontinued prednisolone. A significant fall in erythrocyte sedimentation rate and rise in haemoglobin occurred in ...Continue Reading

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Spinal Diseases
Antirheumatic Drugs, Disease-Modifying
Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate Measurement
Sulfasalazin medac
Cancer Remission
Steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
Hemoglobin Measurement

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