RA and Bacteria connection?

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   Posted 7/9/2009 9:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,
I frequent a couple other forums here at HealingWell but also co-moderate another support group and get weekly updates from various medical journals/sources...when I saw this, I thought I'd post it here in the hopes that it might be of some use to you all. 
Wishing you all pain-free days!

"Abstract:  The purpose of this review is to evaluate the association between rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and periodontopathic bacteria. Clinical studies of RA and periodontal disease have provided evidence for a significant association between the two disorders. Patients with longstanding active RA have a substantially increased frequency of periodontal disease compared with that among healthy subjects. High levels of oral anaerobic bacterial antibodies have been found in the serum and synovial fluid of RA patients. Porphyromonas gingivalis, Tannerella forsythensis, and Prevotella intermedia have been identified in RA synovial fluid. Ornidazole, levofloxacin, and clarithromycin are used in the treatment of infections caused by anaerobic bacteria. These antibiotics have been shown to be effective against RA. The evidence in this review indicates that oral bacteria directly associate with etiopathogenesis of RA."


20 yo daughter w/ Pancolitis
diagnosed 8/30/06
Step 1 colectomy/jpouch creation 11/27/06
Step 2 takedown 2/9/07
21 yo Daughter diagnosed with right shoulder, bilateral wrist, 
bilateral elbow, bilateral knee, and bilateral ankle avascular necrosis
(aka Osteonecrosis) as a result of Prednisone use

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