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Joint involvement in patients affected by systemic lupus erythematosus: application of the swollen to tender joint count ratio
Joint involvement is a common manifestation in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). According to the SLE disease activity index 2000 (SLEDAI-2K), joint involvement is present in case of ≥2 joints with pain and signs of inflammation. However this definition could fail to catch all the various features of joint involvement. Alternatively the Swollen to Tender joint Ratio (STR) could be used. This new index, which was originally proposed for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients, is based on the countdoi:10.4081/reumatismo.2015.828 pmid:26492964 fatcat:vgbuekutcjhj3lcl7w3yepzsca