Records review: Small joint surgery for rheumatoid arthritis on the decline — 3 insights

The rate of small joint surgery for rheumatoid arthritis patients has declined since 1995, according to a retrospective medical review in Arthritis Care & Research. The rate of large joint surgery did not change.

Here's what you should know:

1. The incidence of SJS is higher for women than men.

2. Traditional RA risk factors including rheumatoid factor and anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide positivity were risk factors for both SJS and LJS.

3. Advanced age and obesity were risk factors for LJS.

4. The presence of radiographic erosions, large joint swelling, and methotrexate use were also risk factors for both SJS and LJS.

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