The epidemiology of rheumatoid arthritis in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo--a population-based study.

@article{Malemba2012TheEO,
  title={The epidemiology of rheumatoid arthritis in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo--a population-based study.},
  author={Jean Jacques Malemba and Jean Marie Mbuyi-Muamba and Jean Mukaya and Xavier Bossuyt and Patrick C P M Verschueren and Ren{\'e} Westhovens},
  journal={Rheumatology},
  year={2012},
  volume={51 9},
  pages={1644-7}
}
OBJECTIVE To determine the prevalence of RA and its distribution among linguistic groups in the urban area of Kinshasa. METHODS Investigators questioned all individuals living in randomly chosen streets in five randomly chosen health areas in Kinshasa. Age, sex, linguistic group and rheumatic complaints were noted. RA diagnosis by 1987 ACR classification criteria was checked in all suspect cases. Disease activity (DAS-28), functionality (HAQ), X-ray damage, ACPA and RF positivity were… CONTINUE READING
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