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

Arthritis Rheum. 1987 Jul;30(7):810-3. doi: 10.1002/art.1780300711.


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.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / complications*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Menopause
  • Middle Aged
  • Osteoarthritis / complications
  • Respiratory Tract Infections / complications*
  • Time Factors
  • Urinary Tract Infections / complications*