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Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Doctors in the UAE are calling for significant increased awareness around the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in an effort to boost early diagnosis of the chronic disease.

The call came on this year’s World Arthritis Day on 12 October, with experts saying that early diagnosis and treatment of RA has the potential to slow and even stop disease progression. The Emirates Arthritis Foundation is leading the call with the roll out of an arthritis awareness campaign over the weekend. The campaign involved bringing key arthritis experts in the Emirates together with patients and the general public to increase awareness of rheumatoid arthritis and its burden.

RA has a tendency to be misdiagnosed and overlooked due to its low prevalence, Dr. Mofti continued, but it is important for the general public and medical communities to be aware of the early warning signs.

Studies indicate that approximately one percent of the global adult population suffers from RA(1), and there is evidence that patients with RA have autoantibodies – a type of protein manufactured by the immune system directed to attack the body itself – and minor levels of inflammation for up to 10 years before presentation(2).

“Clinical features of rheumatoid arthritis include stiffness, most commonly in the morning, joint swelling, tiredness, fever and unexplained weight loss, and irreversible joint damage that, without intervention, can lead to loss of function,” said Dr . Humaira Badsha, Consultant Rheumatologist at Al Biraa’ Arthritis and Bone Clinic and Founding Member of the Emirates Arthritis Foundation.

Joint damage occurs at the onset of the disease, and permanent joint destruction can occur rapidly in early stages, so it is critical for people who show early symptoms of RA to see a specialist as soon as possible to begin effective treatment, Dr. Badsha continued.

RA is a chronic disease causing pain, stiffness, swelling, and loss of function in the joints (3).In most cases the disease strikes during the most productive years of adulthood, between the ages of 20 and 40 (4). RA is a painful, progressive and lifelong disease that, if left untreated, can lead to loss of physical function, permanent disability and deformity.

Statistics suggest that within two to three years of onset, approximately 20 to 30 percent of RA patients find themselves unable to work due to disability, and within 10 years that number increases to at least half of arthritis sufferers (4), (5).

 

“It’s not just the physical toll that we need to be concerned about, but also the huge emotional impact on sufferers of the disease. Not being able to work and contribute to a family or to society is a huge burden to bear for sufferers and is a direct result of RA, so effective diagnosis and treatment can help ease that burden too,” concluded Dr. Badsha.

The Emirates Arthritis Foundation RA awareness campaign, sponsored by Pfizer, took place on October 13 and 14 in the Mall of the Emirates.

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References:

(1) Badsha H, Kong KO, Tak PP. Rheumatoid arthritis in the United Arab Emirates. Clin Rheumatol. 2008;27:739-742.

(2) Emery, P Treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, British Medical Journal 2006;21:152-155

(3) Lee DM, Weinblatt ME. Rheumatoid arthritis. Lancet. 2001;358:903-911

(4) World Health Organisation Chronic Diseases and Health Promotion http://www.who.int/chp/topics/rheumatic/en/ (Accessed September 2011)

(5) Sokka T. Work disability in early rheumatoid arthritis. Clin Exp Rheum. 2003;21 (Suppl.31) S71-S74

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