Osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, cancer, infection . . . which of these comorbidities are of greatest concern in patients with SpA?
Reference1. MoltÃ³ A, Nikiphorou E. Comorbidities in spondyloarthritis. Front Med. 2018;5:62. doi:10.3389/fmed.2018.00062.
MoltÃ³ and Nikiphorou have reviewed the various comorbidities associated with spondyloarthritis (SpA) in an effort to improve outcomes through education and understanding.1
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CRP, C-reactive protein; ESR, erythrocyte sedimentation rate.
Inflammation has been linked to increased bone resorption and impaired bone formation, by the action of inflammatory mediators on osteoclast activity.
The authors point out that inflammation itself has become a cardiovascular risk factor attributed to atherosclerosis.