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OA associated with alcohol and drug abuse

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Dr Anne Kamps, Erasmus University Medical Center, the Netherlands
EULAR 2022
Obesity and back pain are well-known comorbidities of osteoarthritis (OA). A study revealed that comorbidities of OA are much more diverse and include conditions such as anaemia, cataract, and hearing loss, but also a higher risk for addiction. Although previous studies have already shown that patients with OA have a higher risk of developing comorbidities, many focused on only 1 or a few conditions. As Dr Anne Kamps (Erasmus University Medical Center, the Netherlands) pointed out, 1 in 4 adults with OA has ≥2 chronic conditions, which is a considerable burden on the healthcare system and the quality-of-life [1]. “We wanted to determine the risk of comorbidity after incident diagnosis of hip or knee OA compared with individuals with no prior diagnosis of OA,” said Dr Kamps. Together with her team, she used an integrated primary care information database from general practices with >2.5 million patients from the Dutch population. ...

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