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SP0157 Infection and Rheumatic Disease
  1. D. Symmons1
  1. 1Arthritis Research UK Epidemiology Unit, University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom


This lecture will review the literature from the past 12 months which relates to infection and rheumatic disease. The principal areas covered will be (i) infection (e.g. porphyromonas gingivalis) as a risk factor for the development of arthritis; (ii) infection as a co-morbidity of rheumatic disease and (iii) infection as a complication of treatment (which may be surgical or medical). Most of the published literature on infection as a complication of treatment relates to fungal infections, hepatitis B and C, and tuberculosis occurring in patients receiving biologic therapy for rheumatoid arthritis. The literature on infection following surgery relates to infection of prosthetic joints.

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