Data on Rheumatoid Arthritis Reported by Researchers at Department of Medicine (Unravelling thyroid dysfunction in rheumatoid arthritis: History matters)
By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Clinical Trials Week A new study on Autoimmune Diseases and Conditions - Rheumatoid Arthritis is now available. According to news reporting originating in Karnataka, India, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "Autoimmune thyroid disease (AITD) frequently coexists with other systemic autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Due to the overlapping and nonspecific nature of symptoms, it is difficult to clinically uncover thyroidal illnesses in RA patients."
The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from the Department of Medicine, "This study was conducted to estimate the prevalence of thyroid dysfunction including the presence of anti-thyroid peroxidase (antiTPO) autoantibodies in patients with RA and to analyze symptomatology of thyroid dysfunction in patients diagnosed with RA. This cross-sectional, prospective study was conducted on 100 patients with RA, attending the Rheumatology Outpatient Department at St John's Medical College and Hospital, Bangalore, India. Twenty-two patients had biochemical evidence of thyroid dysfunction, hypothyroidism being the commonest (15/22 patients). Although fatigue and hair loss were the most common symptoms, only weight gain and cold intolerance were found to be statistically significant (p <0.05) predictors of hypothyroidism and 32 patients were antiTPO positive. It was observed that equal numbers of patients developed hypothyroidism after diagnosis of RA and vice versa."
According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "History taking at the bedside to elicit symptoms, especially weight gain and cold intolerance, is quintessential to ensure timely diagnosis of hypothyroidism."
For more information on this research see: Unravelling thyroid dysfunction in rheumatoid arthritis: History matters. International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases, 2017;():. International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases can be contacted at: Blackwell Publishing Inc, 350 Main St, Malden, MA 02148, USA. (Wiley-Blackwell - www.wiley.com/; International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases - onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1756-185X)
Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting J. Anoop, Dept. of Medicine, AJ Institute of Medical Science, Mangalore, Karnataka, India. Additional authors for this research include F. Geetha, I. Jyothi, P. Rekha and V. Shobha (see also Autoimmune Diseases and Conditions - Rheumatoid Arthritis).
The publisher of the International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases can be contacted at: Blackwell Publishing Inc, 350 Main St, Malden, MA 02148, USA.
Keywords for this news article include: Asia, India, Karnataka, Endocrinology, Hypothyroidism, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Joint Diseases and Conditions, Thyroid Diseases and Conditions, Autoimmune Diseases and Conditions, Musculoskeletal Diseases and Conditions, Endocrine System Diseases and Conditions.
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