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Unexpected comorbidity in patients with knee and hip osteoarthritis

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Dr Anne Kamps, Erasmus University Medical Center, the Netherlands
EULAR 2022
Cohort study
A study revealed that osteoarthritis is not only associated with obesity and back pain but also with a wide variety of other diseases previously thought to be unrelated, such as anaemia and thromboembolic disease. In addition, drug and alcohol abuse seems to be far more common in the osteoarthritis population. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most prevalent form of arthritis with burdensome symptoms that often lead to disability. As Dr Anne Kamps (Erasmus University Medical Center, the Netherlands) pointed out, 1 in 4 adults with OA has ≥2 chronic conditions, which is a considerable burden for the healthcare system and the quality of life. Yet, only a few comorbidities have been studied until now. “Therefore, we wanted to determine the risk of comorbidity after incident diagnosis of hip or knee OA compared with individuals with no prior diagnosis of OA,” said Dr Kamps. Together with her team, she used an integrated primary care information database from general ...

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