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February 11, 2004

Regulation of Synovial Adipocytokines—Reply

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2004;291(6):694-695. doi:10.1001/jama.291.6.695

In Reply: Dr Stefan and colleagues suggest that corticosteroids might influence the levels of adipocytokines. Although this is a possibility, none of our patients with OA were receiving corticosteroids or other immunosuppressive therapy. Furthermore, in the subgroup of patients with RA, partial correlation analysis did not show any correlation between adipocytokines and concomitant medication. In addition, none of the patients with RA were receiving TNF-α inhibitors.