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There is clear evidence that the age period coinciding with the peak age of the menopause is associated with an increased prevalence of osteoarthritis and this fits in with clinical observation of high likelihood of presentation at this age. A number of pieces of biological evidence also support the notion that changes in sex hormone status might influence risk of degenerative disease at peripheral joint sites. There do not appear, however, to be any important epidemiological predictors based on menstrual or obstetric history that might be useful in predicting who these women might be.

Original publication

DOI

10.1136/ard.55.9.671

Type

Conference paper

Publication Date

09/1996

Volume

55

Pages

671 - 673

Addresses

ARC Epidemiology Research Unit, University of Manchester, United Kingdom.

Keywords

Humans, Osteoarthritis, Gonadal Steroid Hormones, Hysterectomy, Parity, Menopause, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Middle Aged, Female, Male