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Table 1 Clinical, Biological and hand radiographs characteristics of RA patients in this study

From: Prevalence and associated factors of subclinical atherosclerosis in rheumatoid arthritis at the university hospital of Kinshasa

Variables n = 75 %
Age (years), Mean ± SD 51.8 ± 14.6  
Sex
 Men 15 20.0
 Female 60 80.0
Disease activity (DAS 28-ESR)
 Mean ± SD 4.9 ± 1.5  
 Remission 8 10.6
 Low disease activity 5 6.7
 Moderate disease activity 23 30.7
 High disease activity 39 52.0
 Severe RA 47 62.7
 Duration of RA (years), median (extremes) 3 (0.2–12)  
 Early RA 18 24.0
 Established RA 57 76.0
Joint manifestations
 Synovitis 51 68
 Joint deformities 26 34.7
 None 15 20.0
Extra-articular manifestations
 Rheumatoid nodule 12 16
 Interstitial pneumonia 2 2.7
 Sicca syndrome 3 4.0
 None 59 78.7
Rheumatoid factor, n (%)
 RF+ 32 (42.7)  
 RF- 43 (57.3)  
 Glycemia, mg/dl 84.2 ± 21.7  
 Uric acid, mg/dl 4.5 ± 1.6  
 Total cholesterol, mg/dl 229.1 ± 48.7  
 LDLc, mg/dl 161.1 ± 42.2  
 HDLc, mg/dl 40.3 ± 13.5  
 Triglycerides, mg/dl 147.3 ± 44.5  
 ESR, mm/h1 40 (8–145)  
 CRP, mg/l 12 (6–72)  
Characteristics of hand radiographs
 Normal 31 41.3
 Juxta-articular demineralization 35 46.7
 Erosion 4 5.3
 Juxta-articular demineralization + erosion 3 4.0
Juxta-articular demineralization + erosion + joint
 space narrowing 2 2.7
  1. DAS 28: Disease activity score; SD Standard deviation; RF Rheumatoid Factor; LDLc Low density Lipoprotein; HDLc High density lipoprotein; ESR Erythrocyte sedimentation rate; CRP C reactive protein