Ankylosing spondylitis patients twice as likely to self-harm, study finds

Written by Shayna Korol | June 19, 2018 | Print  |

People with ankylosing spondylitis are almost twice as likely as the general population to engage in self-harm, according to a study presented June 15 at the European League Against Rheumatism Congress 2018 and detailed in Medscape.

The researchers assessed the health records of 53,240 patients with rheumatoid arthritis and 13,964 with ankylosing spondylitis to evaluate the prevalence of self-harm behaviors. Patients with a history of mental illness and those who had harmed themselves prior to receiving their diagnosis were excluded from the analysis.

The most frequent methods of self-harm were poisoning — 64 percent in the ankylosing spondylitis group and 81 percent in the rheumatoid arthritis group and self-mutilation —36 percent and 18 percent respectively.

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