Irving Karten, M.D., F.A.C.P.; Currier McEwen, M.D., (Master)
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Rehabilitation of the patient with rheumatoid arthritis is exceptionally difficult because of the severe mechanical limitation produced by joint deformities and the uncertain course of the disease activity. Furthermore, the disease or its treatment make the rheumatoid patient susceptible to infections and other complications that may threaten his life or delay his long-term rehabilitation.
During a 5-year period, of 101 patients with rheumatoid arthritis admitted for rehabilitation and followed from 1 to 4 years, 26 died and 19 others had major complications. Death was due to Gram-negative sepsis in four; pneumonia, four; bacteroides arthritis, one; gastrointestinal hemorrhage, two; diffuse vasculitis,
Karten I, McEwen C. Influence of Complications on Therapeutic Goal in Rheumatoid Arthritis.. Ann Intern Med. ;72:811–812. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-72-5-811_4
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1970;72(5):811-812.
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