Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a long-term autoimmune disorder that primarily affects joints (Wikipedia, n.d.).
If the general cause is over activity of inflammatory cytokines (Nalbant & Birlik, 2016), why do we just just manage RA with pain medications, steroids, non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) such as hydroxychloroquine and methotrexate?
Can we not deal with the cytokine over activity with immunosuppressants?
Nalbant, S. & Birlik, A. M. (2016). Cytokines in Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). In: Sakkas, L. (Ed.) New Developments in the Pathogenesis of Rheumatoid Arthritis. doi: 10.5772/65893.
Wikipedia (n.d.). Rheumatoid arthritis. Retrieved from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rheumatoid_arthritis