RA Antibodies Tied to Higher Mortality Risk

December 23, 2013 5:01 AM

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Postmenopausal women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who had highly RA-specific antibodies had twice the mortality rate of healthy women, analysis of data from the Women's Health Initiative found.

All-cause 10-year mortality among women who tested positive for anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (CCP) antibodies at baseline was 20.2 per 1,000 person-years (95% CI 15.6-26.1), compared with 11.4 per 1,000 (95% CI 10.3-12.5) for unaffected women, according to Lewis H. Kuller, MD, DPH, of the Unive...

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