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Clinical Rheumatology

, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp 391–398 | Cite as

Malnutrition in rheumatoid arthritis

  • R. CollinsJr.
  • T. L. Dunn
  • J. Walthaw
  • P. Harrell
  • G. S. Alarcon
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Summary

A nutrition study was conducted in thirty-eight hospitalized rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. Twenty-seven (71.1%) had a high likelihood of malnutrition (LOM). Laboratory and anthropometric data suggest that multiple vitamin, calory, and protein deficiencies are present. Age, female sex and a poor grip strength correlated with some indices of malnutrition. Fifteen of 18 patients with a high LOM had a bad outcome whereas 3 of 7 patients with a low LOM had a bad outcome. Malnutrition per se may be a contributing factor to increased morbidity and mortality in RA.

Key words

Rheumatoid Arthritis Malnutrition Anthropometrics 

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© Acta Medica Belgica 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. CollinsJr.
    • 1
    • 2
  • T. L. Dunn
    • 1
    • 2
  • J. Walthaw
    • 1
    • 2
  • P. Harrell
    • 1
    • 2
  • G. S. Alarcon
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Medicine (Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology)University of Alabama at BirminghamBirminghamUSA
  2. 2.Department of Epidemiology, Schools of Medicine and Public HealthUniversity of Alabama at BirminghamBirminghamUSA

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