Sadly, no. Patient’s in DAS28 remission continue to have ongoing joint damage if they still have swollen joints.
Other interesting side points:
- 15% of patients on methotrexate monotherapy achieve DAS28 remission
- Joint damage is related to acute-phase response and swollen joint counts
- Joint damage is not related to tender joint counts
Aletaha D, Smolen JS. Joint damage in rheumatoid arthritis progresses in remission according to the Disease Activity Score in 28 joints and is driven by residual swollen joints. Arthritis Rheum. 2011;63(12):3702–3711.