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Obstetric and gynaecological factors in susceptibility to peripheral joint osteoarthritis.
  1. A J Silman,
  2. J Newman
  1. ARC Epidemiology Research Unit, University of Manchester, United Kingdom.


    There is clear evidence that the age period coinciding with the peak age of the menopause is associated with an increased prevalence of osteoarthritis and this fits in with clinical observation of high likelihood of presentation at this age. A number of pieces of biological evidence also support the notion that changes in sex hormone status might influence risk of degenerative disease at peripheral joint sites. There do not appear, however, to be any important epidemiological predictors based on menstrual or obstetric history that might be useful in predicting who these women might be.

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