ABSTRACT: A 57-year-old-woman, who was treated with regular maintenance hemodialysis (HD), newly contracted rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Oral predonisolone was effective for alleviating her arthralgia but the RA activity became steroid-dependent. For treatment of poorly controlled synovitis leukocytapheresis (LCAP) showed excellent efficacy in the treatment of her joint pain. No serious adverse effects were observed. Serological markers such as CRP, serum amyloid A, matrix metalloproteinase 3 and peripheral blood lymphocyte count fluctuated with her clinical symptoms. We recommend LCAP as candidate therapy for steroid-dependent patients with RA who are on maintenance HD.
Clinical nephrology 09/2007; 68(2):121-4. · 1.17 Impact Factor