Periodontitis and disease initiation rheumatoid arthritis
from Infectious Disease Advisor
Periodontitis and specifically infection with Porphyromonas gingivalis are associated with disease initiation of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and may serve as targets for preventative intervention, according to study results published in JAMA Network Open. RA can be detected via specific autoantibodies in the serum years before patients develop joint inflammation, which suggests that the joints may be a target rather than the primary cause of the disease.
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