Does RA have a prodrome?

People who develop rheumatoid arthritis visit their GP more than once per month with symptoms in the six months leading up to a diagnosis, a UK study shows.

The case-control study compared 3,500 people diagnosed with RA with more than 14,000 controls without inflammatory arthritis (matched for sex, GP practice and age) and examined data from GP consultations during the two years prior to diagnosis.

The hope was to reveal a prodromal phase, with a pattern of symptoms that might help GPs spot RA earlier, because early intensive treatment increases the likelihood of