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

Jan P. Vandenbroucke*, Rudolf Kaaks, Hans A. Valkenburg, Johannes W. Boersma, Arnold Cats, Johan J.M. Festen, Arend P. Hartman, Olga Huber‐Bruning, Johannes J. Rasker, Jacobus Weber

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)810-813
Number of pages4
JournalArthritis & rheumatism
Volume30
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1987
Externally publishedYes

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Vandenbroucke, J. P., Kaaks, R., Valkenburg, H. A., Boersma, J. W., Cats, A., Festen, J. J. M., ... Weber, J. (1987). Frequency of infections among rheumatoid arthritis patients, before and after disease onset. Arthritis & rheumatism, 30(7), 810-813. https://doi.org/10.1002/art.1780300711