Effects of corticosteroids and local anaesthetics applied directly to the synovial vascular bed

De Ceulaer, K.; Balint, G.; El-Ghobarey, A.; Dick, W.C.

Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases 38(5): 440-442


ISSN/ISBN: 0003-4967
PMID: 518144
DOI: 10.1136/ard.38.5.440
Accession: 005297313

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The effects of intra-articular injection of triamcinolone hexacetonide on the rate of clearance of radioactive xenon (133Xe) were studied in 11 patients with rheumatoid arthritis. No effect of the corticosteroid injection was observed, suggesting that the drug has no immediate effect on synovial blood vessels.