Mortality in rheumatoid arthritis: 2008 update.

@article{Sokka2008MortalityIR,
  title={Mortality in rheumatoid arthritis: 2008 update.},
  author={Tuulikki Sokka and Benjamin Abelson and Theodore Pincus},
  journal={Clinical and experimental rheumatology},
  year={2008},
  volume={26 5 Suppl 51},
  pages={S35-61}
}
Mortality rates in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are 1.5-1.6 fold higher than in the general population, with similar patterns over 60 years. The acute attributed causes of death appear overall similar to the general population, with cardiovascular disease the most common attributed cause of death, and with more infection, pulmonary and renal disease in RA than in the general population. All clinical measures indicating more severe clinical status appear prognostic of premature… CONTINUE READING
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