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More African-Americans burdened by osteoarthritis in multiple large joints
Date:10/20/2011

African Americans compared with Caucasians were twice as likely to have knee (TFJ) OA and had 77% greater odds of knee and spine OA together. Frequencies of OA in hand joint sites other than distal interphalangeal joints were comparable between both races.

Study participants had a mean age of more than 65 years, with a mean BMI categorizing them as obese. One third of participants were male and two thirds were Caucasian. Overall 42% of the study subjects had knee OA, 36% had hip OA and 32% OA of the hand. Spine OA was most common, occurring in 62% of participants. "Racial differences in OA phenotypes were more significant than gender disparity," concluded Dr. Nelson. "Our findings suggest a substantial health burden of large-joint OA, particularly hip and spine, among African Americans and further studies that address this concern are warranted."


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