Fetal wastage in patients with rheumatoid arthritis

J Rheumatol. 1986 Oct;13(5):875-7.


Ninety-six women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) were found to have an abortion ratio higher than that of a comparison group (p = 0.005). This was true even before the onset of their RA (p = 0.007). The fertility rate of the patients with RA was not different from the control patients. This suggests the presence of a "rheumatoid diathesis" which long antedates the expression of the disease.

MeSH terms

  • Abortion, Spontaneous / etiology*
  • Adult
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / complications*
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / etiology
  • Disease Susceptibility
  • Female
  • Fertility
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Pregnancy