Atlantoaxial disorders in rheumatoid arthritis associate with the destruction of peripheral and shoulder joints, and decreased bone mineral density.

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OBJECTIVE To evaluate whether cervical spine changes are associated with the destruction of shoulder or peripheral joints and with bone mineral density (BMD) in patients with long-term RA. METHODS An inception cohort of 67 patients with seropositive and erosive RA were followed up for 20 years. Cervical spine, shoulder, hand and foot radiographs, and the… (More)

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