January 20th, 2012

Younger Women with RA Face Surprising Fracture Risk

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 Both men and women with rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, are known to be at higher risk of fracture than people who do not have RA – but those fractures are thought to occur more frequently in older patients. A new study challenges the conventional wisdom after finding that the risk of fracture among women younger than 50 with RA is as much as five times greater than those in the same age group without RA.  “We don’t typically see fractures in younger women,” says lead researcher Shreyasee Amin, MD, an associate professor in the division of rheumatology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Arthritis Today, by Alice Goodman, 1/11/2012

Tags: Mayo Clinic Rochester, Rheumatology

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