Rheumatology International

, Volume 32, Issue 4, pp 895–908 | Cite as

The prevalences of some rheumatic diseases in western Turkey: Havsa study

  • Necati Çakır
  • Ömer Nuri Pamuk
  • Emine Derviş
  • Neşe İmeryüz
  • Haşim Uslu
  • Ömer Benian
  • Edip Elelçi
  • Genco Erdem
  • Fatma Oğuz Sarvan
  • Mustafa Şenocak
Original Article


To study the prevalence major rheumatic diseases in western Turkey. This survey was conducted in Havsa which have a total population of 18,771. Physicians and interns visited every household, interviewed face to face a questionnaire about the symptoms of rheumatic disorders. The individuals replied positively to any question were examined at the nearest health center. Those have no objective findings related to any rheumatic diseases were excluded. People could not be clinically diagnosed were asked to come to the hospital for further evaluation. A total 17,835 of 18,771 residents participated. We estimated the prevalence of Behçet’s Disease (BD) as 0.019%; ankylosing spondylitis: 0.120%; rheumatoid arthritis: 0.321%; knee osteoarthritis (OA): 5.351%; hand OA: 1.110%; hand and knee OA: 1.958%; total OA: 8.420%; primary Raynaud’s: 1.192%; psoriasis: 0.424 %; psoriatic arthritis: 0.050%; rheumatic fever: 0.318%; rheumatic heart disease: 0.200%; inflammatory bowel disease: 0.023%; lupus: 0.059%; gout: 0.018%; systemic sclerosis: 0.022%; juvenile rheumatoid arthritis: 0.032%; temporal arteritis: 0.020%, and familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) as 0.006%. Figures were adjusted for age-sex of the general Turkish population. The prevalence’s of BD and FMF are considerably lower in Havsa as compared to other regions in Turkey.


Behcet’s disease Familial Mediterranean fever Rheumatoid arthritis Ankylosing spondylitis Epidemiology Psoriasis 



We would like to thank Dr Hasan Yazıcı for critical review. We are grateful to all the medical students who participated in the study. This study was supported by the Trakya University Scientific Research Project Fund (Project number: TÜBAP-477).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Necati Çakır
    • 1
    • 9
  • Ömer Nuri Pamuk
    • 1
  • Emine Derviş
    • 2
  • Neşe İmeryüz
    • 3
  • Haşim Uslu
    • 4
  • Ömer Benian
    • 5
  • Edip Elelçi
    • 6
  • Genco Erdem
    • 6
  • Fatma Oğuz Sarvan
    • 7
  • Mustafa Şenocak
    • 8
  1. 1.Division of Rheumatology, Medical FacultyTrakya UniversityEdirneTurkey
  2. 2.Department of DermatologyHaseki State HospitalIstanbulTurkey
  3. 3.Division of Gastroenterology, Medical FacultyMarmara UniversityIstanbulTurkey
  4. 4.Division of OphthalmologyMedipol HospitalIstanbulTurkey
  5. 5.Division of Ophthalmology, Medical Faculty, EdirneTrakya UniversityEdrineTurkey
  6. 6.Medical FacultyTrakya UniversityIstanbulTurkey
  7. 7.Division of Genetics, İstanbul Medical Facultyİstanbul UniversityIstanbulTurkey
  8. 8.Department of Biostatistics, Cerrahpaşa Medical Facultyİstanbul UniversityIstanbulTurkey
  9. 9.Altunizade, Okul SokakIstanbulTurkey

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