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Ann Rheum Dis 73:e14 doi:10.1136/annrheumdis-2013-204895
  • Electronic pages
  • Letter

Comorbidities in a Mexican mestizo cohort with established rheumatoid arthritis

  1. Ana Arana-Guajardo
  1. Hospital General de Zona No. 17, Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social, Fortunato Lozano, Benito
  1. Correspondence to Dr David Vega-Morales. Hospital General de Zona No. 17, Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social, Fortunato Lozano 2627 Benito Juárez, C.P. 64218 Monterrey, México; drdavidvega{at}yahoo.com.mx
  • Received 10 November 2013
  • Accepted 21 November 2013
  • Published Online First 13 December 2013

In the study recently published in the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases, Dougados et al1 evaluated the prevalence of comorbidities and compared their management in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients from different countries. We know that RA is a chronic autoimmune disease characterised by chronic inflammation, progressive deterioration of joint function, increased comorbidity and mortality; RA patients have about a 50% increased risk of premature mortality.2 A comorbid condition may represent an active, past or transient illness and may be linked to RA process itself and/or its treatment or it may be completely independent of them3; the average RA patient has approximately 1.6 comorbidities.4 We conducted an observational, cross-sectional, non-comparative study to describe the presence of comorbidities in RA Mexican mestizo …