March 25, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- UBM Medica US announces that
highlights growing evidence supporting the idea that many conditions related to arthritis are caused
by cross-reactions between immune responses against infections
and damage to the body's own tissues.
Diseases such as
may be an indication of a defect in the body's ability to fight infection, rather than an over-reaction to it, writes rheumatologist
MD, physician-in-chief emeritus at the Hospital for Special Surgery in
. Forthcoming research may confirm that, for many people with unexplainable conditions that cause joint pain and swelling,
the unrecognized cause is infection
, he predicts, pointing to a new
focus for prevention and treatment
Among the evidence behind his startling hypothesis, Dr. Paget points out that:
- Rheumatoid arthritis has been strongly linked to periodontal disease, bacterial infection of the gums.
- Some patients affected with Lyme disease, which is caused by a tick-borne bacterium, continue to have joint problems after all evidence of a living bacterium disappears.
- The bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis, cause of a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that is often asymptomatic, can persist for years within joints, causing inflammation.
New research into the genomes of microorganisms, sponsored by a major government initiative, is revealing many infectious agents that were previously unknown, Dr. Paget points out, and more remain to be discovered.
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