Background Hypermobility is associated with several rheumatic manifestations. The association with SLE is controversial.
Objectives To determine the prevalence of hypermobility in two different populations: a general practitioner (GP) office and out-patients clinic of a referral rheumatology hospital.
Methods 280 patients (193 females, 87 males); mean age 44.7 ± 11.2 were consecutively reviewed in a GP office. 370 patients (233 females, 84 males); mean age 50.5 ± 16.8 were consecutively visited at the out-patients rheumatology clinic. Hypermobility was evaluated following the criteria of Carter-Beighton (hypermobility > 4 points).
Results Hypermobility was present in 42/280 (15%) at the GP office and in 81/317 (25%) in the out patients rheumatology clinic.
Conclusion The prevalence of hypermobility at the GP office and a rheumatology clinic is high. Furthermore it is close to the prevalence of hypermobility in the general population.
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