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THU0220 An estimation of the prevalence of hypermobility
  1. M Gumà1,
  2. J Roca2,
  3. S Holgado1,
  4. M Valls-Roc1,
  5. E Casado1,
  6. J Forcada3,
  7. JC Duro1,
  8. A Olive1,
  9. X Tena1
  1. 1Rheumatology
  2. 2Epidemiology
  3. 3GP, Hospital Universitari Germans Trias I Pujol, Badalona, Spain


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.

Abstract THU0220 Table 1

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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