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Prevalence and Risk Factors of Osteoporosis in Postmenopausal Women with Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Brief Report

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Author(s): M Aghaei | S Sedighi | N Behnam Pour | SH Hezar Khani | M Jamshir | A Agh | M Shojaa

Journal: Tehran University Medical Journal
ISSN 1683-1764

Volume: 70;
Issue: 7;
Start page: 447;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: Bone Mineral Density | Osteoporosis | Postmenopausal | Rheumatoid Arthritis

ABSTRACT
Background: Low bone mass is a serious health problem mostly seen in postmeno-pausal women with rheumatoid arthritis. The purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence of osteoporosis and some related risk factors in postmenopausal women with rheumatoid arthritis.Methods: The data for this descriptive analytical study was extracted from the medical records of 98 postmenopausal women with rheumatoid arthritis who had attended the 5th of Azar Teaching Hospital affiliated to Gorgan University of Medical Sciences, in Iran, in 2009.Results: The mean durations of menopause and rheumatoid arthritis were 9.39 and 5.13 years, respectively. The overall prevalence of osteoporosis was 13.3%. We found a significant correlation between age, disease duration, and duration of menopause with bone mineral density (P
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