September 6th, 2012

Infections In Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients—Study Finds Way to Pinpoint Risk

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A Mayo Clinic study finds that a risk score can be developed to predict a patient's chances of having serious infections. The score uses information about how rheumatoid arthritis is affecting a patient, plus factors including age, corticosteroid use and the presence of other illnesses..."Using a risk score in this way can alert physicians that their patient is at high risk for infection and needs more frequent follow-ups, measures for infection prevention and possible changes in treatments," says senior author Eric Matteson, M.D., chair of the Division of Rheumatology at Mayo Clinic.

 

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