Table 2

Causes of death

RA patients
Number%
Circulatory4042
Respiratory1415
Neoplasm202-150 21
Gastrointestinal 5 5
Renal/genitourinary 4 4
Sepsis 1 1.1
Musculoskeletal 5 5
Postop/drug injury/poisoning 2  2
Other 4 4
  • 2-150 Details of neoplastic deaths (7 lung, 4 gastrointestinal, 3 genitourinary, 4 lymphoid/haematopoetic, 2 unknown primary). One methotrexate related death. Five of 15 (33%) of gastrointestinal/renal/sepsis, musculoskeletal RA deaths were taking systemic corticosteroids.