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Scand J Rheumatol. 1998;27(5):377-80.

Vascular endothelial growth factor in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

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Second Department of Medicine, Kurume University School of Medicine, Japan.


To examine the role of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), an endothelial cell specific growth factor, in rheumatoid arthritis (RA), serum concentration of VEGF was examined in patients with RA, osteoarthritis (OA), systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), systemic sclerosis (SS) and control subjects. Serum C-reactive protein (CRP) level, erythrocyte sedimentation rate, white blood cell count and rheumatoid factor titer were also determined in patients with RA. The serum concentration of VEGF was significantly higher in patients with RA than in controls (p < 0.01), and patients with OA (p < 0.05), SLE (p < 0.05), and SS (p < 0.05). The serum concentration of VEGF correlated with serum levels of CRP (r = 0.698, p < 0.0001). The serum concentration of VEGF before treatment was significantly higher than that after treatment in patients with RA who experienced clinical remission (p < 0.05). Our data suggest that VEGF is involved in the pathogenesis of RA and that measurement of serum concentration of VEGF is a noninvasive, useful method for monitoring the disease activity of RA.

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