The complement c 3 and complement c 4 complement reactive proteins and blood sedimentation rate in rheumatoid arthritis during thermal hydro therapy
Guenther, R.; Spath, P.; Egg, D.; Geier, W.; Nachbauer, E.
Zeitschrift fuer Rheumatologie 37(1-2): 33-39
Male patients  suffering for years from classical rheumatoid arthritis were treated with daily thermal baths of 37.degree. C for 3 wk. To control the activity of the rheumatoid inflammation the complement components C3 and C4, the complement-reactive protein and the blood sedimentation rate were measured. No changes in the different activity parameters could be found during the course of the treatment. Joint function improved significantly. The combined treatment of rheumatoid arthritis with physio- and pharmacotherapy is recommended.