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Arthritis Rheum. 1987 Jul;30(7):810-3.

Frequency of infections among rheumatoid arthritis patients, before and after disease onset.

Abstract

The self-reported frequency of genitourinary and bronchopulmonary infections in postmenopausal women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and in postmenopausal women with osteoarthritis and/or soft tissue rheumatism was compared. Neither before, nor after the onset of joint disease was a higher frequency reported by the RA patients. The previously established increased mortality from infectious disease among RA patients might be due to a more severe infectious disease course, leading to an increased case-fatality rate.

PMID:
3619963
DOI:
10.1002/art.1780300711
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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