Fractures and RA
For you Awareness
Recent research also observed the comorbidities of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis. In "Risk factors and quality of life for the occurrence of hip fracture in postmenopausal women," published in June 2018, rheumatoid arthritis is listed as one of the risk factors. Wanruchada Katchamart, MD and colleagues undertook a study of 232 patients, mostly postmenopausal women in their 60s, to assess the relationship between the severity of RA and the risk for bone fractures. "Moderate to high 10-year probabilities of major osteoporotic and hip fractures are common in RA. Cumulative disease severity is a high risk for osteoporotic fractures," Katchamart and colleagues wrote .... "Forty-six percent of patients had osteoporotic fractures, and most (87 percent) were vertebral fractures. Eighty-one patients had asymptomatic vertebral compression fractures." Another concern are glucocorticoids, a common and often long-term treatment for the disease, which cause toxicity-produced bone loss and fractures, according to the American College of Rheumatology (ACR).