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Curtis JR, Sarsour K, Napalkov P
Incidence and complications of interstitial lung disease in users of tocilizumab, rituximab, abatacept and anti-tumor necrosis factor alpha agents, a retrospective cohort study.
Interstitial lung disease (ILD) is a common extra-articular condition in rheumatoid arthritis (RA), but few studies have systematically investigated its incidence and risk factors in patients receiving anti-tumor necrosis factor-alpha (anti-TNFα) agents or alternate mechanisms of action (MOAs). After examining 13,795 episodes of biologic exposure in 11,219 patients, researchers found no significant differences in the risk of ILD and its related complications between RA patients receiving anti-TNFα agents and those receiving alternate MOA agents.
Citation: Curtis JR, Sarsour K, Napalkov P . Incidence and complications of interstitial lung disease in users of tocilizumab, rituximab, abatacept and anti-tumor necrosis factor alpha agents, a retrospective cohort study. Arthritis Res Ther 2015 Nov 11;17:319. doi: 10.1186/s13075-015-0835-7..
Keywords: Arthritis, Comparative Effectiveness, Medication, Respiratory Conditions, Risk