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Table 1 Baseline characteristics

From: Metacarpal bone loss in patients with rheumatoid arthritis estimated by a new Digital X-ray Radiogrammetry method – initial results

Total n = 49
Women n = 38
Men n = 11
Age (years; mean ± SD) 66.7 ± 5.7
Disease duration (years; mean ± SD) 2.4 ± 2.5
C-reactive protein (in mg/L, mean ± SD) 11.3 ± 21.8
Erythrocyten sedimentations rate (in mm/hour, mean ± SD) 25 ± 18
Corticosteroids  
yes (mean dose 5 mg per day) n = 25
no n = 24
Disease modifying antirheumatic drugs  
Methotrexat n = 37
Leflunomide n = 12
Larsen-score (mean Score) 2.6