Dr. Eric Ruderman shares if arthritis is considered a fatal diagnosis.
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The disease itself can be fatal, largely because of the kidney disease or the lung disease or the heart disease that might be associated with it, not the arthritis per-se. Rheumatoid arthritis because of the systemic inflammation actually causes a higher level cardiovascular disease and women and men who have rheumatoid arthritis. And so people with rheumatoid arthritis actually when not treated die earlier than someone without rheumatoid arthritis on average. But it’s not because the arthritis itself, it’s because the cardiovascular complications that are associated with arthritis. And then finally are certain types of infectious arthritis if not treated could potentially be fatal because of the infections itself.