Rheumatology round-up

JIA disease activity stable in pregnancy

Women with juvenile idiopathic arthritis who become pregnant can expect low and stable disease activity, if a Norwegian study (JIA) is generally applicable.

Measurement of disease activity at seven time points from planning pregnancy to a year after delivery showed 80% of 114 women with JIA (135 pregnancies) were either in remission or low disease activity was associated with the pregnancy.

Disease activity scores for 28 joints (DAS28-CRP) peaked six weeks postpartum, but decreased significantly a year