Screen RA patients for sleep apnoea: study

People diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis have a much greater risk of developing obstructive sleep apnoea, according to findings from a large Taiwanese study.

Data from over 33,000 people with RA and the same number of matched controls showed a 75% greater chance of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) with RA, with follow-up of up to 10 years after diagnosis.

Patients with OSA at the time of RA diagnosis were excluded from the study.