Do infectious agents cause rheumatoid arthritis?

@article{Wilder1991DoIA,
  title={Do infectious agents cause rheumatoid arthritis?},
  author={Ronald L. Wilder and Leslie J. Crofford},
  journal={Clinical orthopaedics and related research},
  year={1991},
  volume={265},
  pages={
          36-41
        }
}
Although rheumatoid arthritis (RA) has been widely suspected to have an infectious etiology, this hypothesis has remained difficult to prove. Epstein-Barr virus, parvoviruses, and retroviruses are considered by some investigators to be the primary candidates. An increasing body of data, on the other hand, appears to implicate bacteria or their products in the syndrome. Important evidence has surfaced in support of this view. Lyme arthritis, a disease caused by a bacterium, can mimic RA… CONTINUE READING

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