You have a family member who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis and you would like to advance research?

We are looking for people who have a close relative with rheumatoid arthritis interested in participating in a screening study in Switzerland.

What?

People often mix up ‘Osteoarthritis’ and ‘Rheumatoid Arthritis’. They are both rheumatisms, but the RA is an inflammatory rheumatism, whereas osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease.
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When ?

Contrary to popular belief, RA does not affect only the elderly. RA typically starts between 15 and 65 years of age and evolves in flares lasting a few days or a few months. RA is a chronic condition.



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Who ?

~1% of the swiss population is affected by RA.
It is the most common inflamatory rheumatism, striking women three times as often as men...
Moreover, heredity is playing a key role in the development of the disease. Indeed, someone who
has a first degree relative (mother/father, sister/brother) with RA, is 3 to 6 times more likely to develop the disease himself than someone else.

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Where ?

The hands and feet joints are the most commonly affected joints.
Nevertheless, RA may involve all joints, but the back is generally not affected.


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How ?

It has been established that heredity plays a key role in the development of the RA. This genetic predisposition interacts with environmental factors, such as tobacco smoke, air pollution or specific eating habits (excessive sweet sodas, salt, alcohol, omega3 and potentially others).


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The study in brief

The goal of the « Arthritis Checkup » study is to determine the usefulness of biomarkers and environmental exposures in predicting the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

What does my participation imply?
1. Fill out a health questionnaire: this will take ~1/4 hour. If the questionnaire reveals a possible RA, we will offer a clinical examination.

2. Make a blood test. You can choose to receive the results of this blood test or not.

3. In some centers, we propose an articular ultrasound exam in the search for arthritis.
The whole visit should not last more than 1 hour. For the next 5 years, we will keep in touch by sending a medical questionnaire to make sure that you are not developping a RA. (More information !)
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I have a close relative reached to polyarthritis rhumatoïde

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Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève:
Service de Rhumatologie
,
Avenue Beau-Séjour 26 / 1211 Genève 14
Tel: ++41 22-372-3697
ou ++41 22-372-3681

Inselspital: Universitätsklinik für Rheumatologie,
Klinische Immunologie und Allergologie

Inselspital / 3010 Bern
Tel. ++41-31-632-3170


Rheumaklinik Unispital Zürich
Gloriastrasse 25 / 8091 Zürich
Tel: ++41-44-255-4650


Clinique de rhumatologie HFR Fribourg, Hôpital Cantonal
1708 Fribourg
Tél.: 026/426 7111

Kantonsspital St. Gallen: Rheumatologie
Tel. ++41-714-94-2728
Fax ++41-714-94-1132

Rheumatologie Unispital Basel
Petersgraben 4 / CH 4031 Basel
Tel: ++41 61 328 5084


Centre hospitalier universitaire vaudois:
Service du rhumatologie médicine physique et réhabilitation

Av. Pierre Decker 4 / 1011 Lausanne
Tel. ++41-21-314-1482

Service de rhumatologie - Rue Chasseral 20
CH-2300 La Chaux-de-fonds

Fax: 032 967 23 02
Dr. Laure Brulhart Bletsas - laure.brulhart@h-ne.ch

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