Abstract| Volume 39, ISSUE 9, SUPPLEMENT , e24, September 2014

The Incidence of Upper Extremity Surgery for Rheumatoid Arthritis: A National, Population-Based Longitudinal Cohort Study

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      Globally, rates of surgery for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are declining due to advances in medical therapy and the early initiation of disease-modifying anti-rheumatic agents. However, for many elderly RA patients, aggressive immunosuppressive agents are difficult to tolerate due to the frequency of comorbid conditions and the risk profile of these medications. For these patients, surgery remains an important treatment option to alleviate joint pain and deformity. Yet, the epidemiology of upper limb surgical reconstruction for RA among older individuals with RA is not known.
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