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Valerie DeBenedette is managing editor of Drug Topics.
Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) may be saddled with other health conditions ranging from mild allergies to cancer. Several studies have noted the increased incidence of mortality due to cardiovascular disease and infections. In this quiz, we focus on comorbidities associated with RA.
For some patients, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is not their only medical problem. Patients with RA may be saddled with other health conditions ranging from mild allergies to cancer. Several studies have noted the increased incidence of mortality due to cardiovascular disease and infections in patients with RA.
What do you think are the most common comorbidities with RA? Take this quiz and see how well you do.
What are the conditions that are most likely to coincide with RA?
The Comorbidities in Rheumatoid Arthritis Study (COMORA), a 2014 international study, evaluated a group of patients with rheumatoid arthritis to find out what else ailed them, either currently or in the past. The study looked at demographics, disease characteristics (activity, severity, treatment), comorbidities (ischemic cardiovascular disease, infections, cancer, gastrointestinal, pulmonary, osteoporosis and psychiatric disorders).
What was the most common comorbidity?
b. Cardiovascular events such as myocardial infarction or stroke
c. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Source: Dougados M, et al: Prevalence of comorbidities in rheumatoid arthritis and evaluation of their monitoring: Results of an international, cross sectional study (COMORA). Ann Rheum Dis. 2014 Jan;73(1):62-8. doi: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2013-204223. Epub 2013 Oct 4.