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RA remission rate lower in women

Women with early rheumatoid arthritis have significantly lower remission rates than men with similar severity of initial disease.

A total of 698 patients, 64 per cent women, with early RA were included in the BARFOT, multicentre observational study.

Only 32.1 per cent of women were in remission after two years compared with 48 per cent of men; at five years the figures were 30.8 per cent and

52.4 per cent respectively.

Although women had similar disease activity as men initially, the disease soon became more severe and progressed more rapidly than it did in men.

Male sex appeared to be an independent predictor of being in remission at two and five years.


Forslind K, Hafstrom I, Ahlmen M et al. Sex: a major predictor of remission in early rheumatoid arthritis??

Ann Rheum Dis 2006; doi: 10.1136/ard.2006.056937

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