Rheumatoid arthritis | Low birth weight infants rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis | Low birth weight infants rheumatoid arthritis


A totally unexpected risk factor for rheumatoid
arthritis… Low birth weight infants predict increased
likelihood of rheumatoid arthritis in the mother
Kimberly Ma and colleagues from the University of Washington Medical Center studied 202 pregnant
patients with rheumatoid arthritis and 1,102 pregnant controls. The found that comparing
those with uncomplicated pregnancies, women with very low birth weight or extremely low
birth weight infants had a higher risk of rheumatoid arthritis. The authors concluded
that this association may reflect common factors for pregnancy complications and rheumatoid
arthritis or possibly the fact that complicated pregnancies themselves might confer a risk
for developing rheumatoid arthritis. Comment: Very interesting study and more data
is needed.

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