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Elevated rheumatoid factor and long term risk of rheumatoid arthritis: a prospective cohort study

Sune F Nielsen, Stig E Bojesen, Peter Schnohr and Børge G Nordestgaard
BMJ: British Medical Journal
Vol. 345, No. 7878 (13 October 2012), p. 15
Published by: BMJ
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23278961
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Abstract

STUDY QUESTION Are elevated plasma concentrations of rheumatoid factor in people without rheumatoid arthritis associated with long term development of rheumatoid arthritis? SUMMARY ANSWER Yes, individuals from the general population with elevated rheumatoid factor have up to 26-fold increased long term risk of rheumatoid arthritis, and up to 32% 10 year absolute risk of rheumatoid arthritis. WHAT IS KNOWN AND WHAT THIS PAPER ADDS zRheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease affecting 0.5-2% of the population, but there is no good clinical predictor for long term development of rheumatoid arthritis. Patients with elevated plasma rheumatoid factor level but without indication of joint symptoms are at increased risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis and should be referred to a rheumatologist for surveillance and possibly early intervention.

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