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Differences and similarities between ankylosing spondylitis and rheumatoid arthritis: epidemiology


Cross, MJ and Smith, EUR and Zochling, J and March, LM, Differences and similarities between ankylosing spondylitis and rheumatoid arthritis: epidemiology, Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology, 27, (4) pp. S36-S42. ISSN 0392-856X (2009) [Refereed Article]


Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are among the most common rheumatic diseases. The epidemiology of these diseases highlights both similarities and differences. Prevalence rates of approximately 0.2– 1% have been reported for the diseases, but the rate for AS is increasing while RA is declining. Geographical variations exist in the incidence and prevalence of the diseases, although the majority of studies have been conducted in northern Europe and North America. AS is a predominantly a male disorder, whereas more females are affected by RA. Both diseases result in increased disability, reduced work productivity, and increased mortality rates. These similarities and differences may give us important clues as to the aetiology of both diseases.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Epidemiology, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Clinical sciences
Research Field:Rheumatology and arthritis
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Zochling, J (Dr Jane Zochling)
ID Code:60460
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2010-02-05
Last Modified:2012-02-20

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