IL1-receptor antagonist anakinra provides long-lasting efficacy in the treatment of refractory adult-onset Still's disease.

Annals of the rheumatic diseases (Impact Factor: 9.27). 02/2010; 69(2):466-7. DOI: 10.1136/ard.2009.108068
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