RA and Pregnancy

Question

As with many RA patients, I experienced almost complete remission with my pregnancies. I have heard that some centers are banking blood during pregnancy to attempt to create this response after delivery. I can not find any articles reporting this and am wondering if you might be able to help. I am currently on Enbrel, Methotrexate, prednisone and have had Prosorba treatment. Pregnancy is the only time I am well.

Answer

I am not aware of this approach and this does not seem like a good idea for chronic long term therapy even if it worked.

Alan Matsumoto, M.D.

About Alan Matsumoto, M.D.

Part-time Faculty, Division of Rheumatology
Johns Hopkins University