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Glucocorticoids linked with surgical infections in RA patients


Key clinical point: As the glucocorticoid dosage rises, so does the risk for serious postsurgical infections.

Major finding: RA patients on more than 10 mg/day prednisone had a more than twofold higher rate of postsurgical hospitalized infections.

Study details: Review of Medicare and MarketScan administrative claims data for 11,021 patients with rheumatoid arthritis who underwent joint surgery.

Disclosures: The study was partially funded by Bristol-Myers Squibb, the company that markets abatacept (Orencia). Dr. George has received research funding from Bristol-Myers Squibb, and some of his coauthors on the study are employees of the company.

Source: George MD et al. EULAR 2018. Abstract OP0228.



SOURCE: George MD et al. EULAR 2018. Abstract OP0228.

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