Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic autoimmune rheumatic disorder of unknown etiology.
It is the most common form of inflammatory arthritis.
Patient usually complains of joint pain and/or swelling with morning stiffness that lasts for more than an hour.
Goals of treatment are clinical & radiological remission of disease and to reduce functional limitations & permanent joint damage.
The interleukin-6 receptor-alpha inhibitor tocilizumab alone or in combination with methotrexate demonstrated clinical benefit after 2 years of treatment in methotrexate-naïve patients with early rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to the FUNCTION* trial.