Rheumatoid arthritis in pregnancy may increase some chronic disease risk in children

Share Button

rheumatoid arthritis, pregnant, pregnancy, risk, chronic disease, arthritis informationChildren born to women with rheumatoid arthritis may have a higher susceptibility for some chronic diseases, experts report in Arthritis Care & Research. The findings should be used to increase awareness among GPs and paediatricians.

A nationwide study in Denmark looked at data from 2,106 children born to women with rheumatoid arthritis, and 1,378,539 children born to women without rheumatoid arthritis over a 25-year period.

Children whose mothers had rheumatoid arthritis when pregnant had:

  • 2-times increased risk of thyroid disease;
  • 6-times increased risk of epilepsy;
  • 9-times increased risk of rheumatoid arthritis.

“We have addressed a concern in pregnant women with rheumatoid arthritis in terms of a potential increased risk of a negative impact of their chronic disease on the future health of their offspring,” says Line Jølving, who led the study. “Our results call for special attention on child development of rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid disease, and epilepsy if exposed to rheumatoid arthritis in utero.”

Click here to read the original research.

For more in-depth features, interviews and information, subscribe to Arthritis Digest magazine, a popular title that’s published six times a year. Click here for the digital version or tel 0845 643 8470 to order your had copy. You’ll know what your doctor is talking about, what new drugs are in the pipeline and be up to date on helpful products.

 

“Amazing magazine and the first I’ve read from beginning to end.” Mrs E Crowther, Dorset

“There’s so much news and information to digest, and it’s all calorie free. Brilliant!” A Alexander, Glasgow
“As we are all living longer, it gives us hope for a future with less pain. Arthritis Digest gives us information on the up to date treatments.”Mrs Healey, Devon
“Full of interesting information and tips.” Mr G Thurlow, East Yorkshire

Google+ | Privacy Policy | FTC Disclaimer

Copyright © 2013. All Rights Reserved.