Five year retrospective study of mortality in systemic inflammatory rheumatologic disorders


  • Krutika R. Kale Department of Medicine, Topiwala Nair Medical College, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
  • Tukaram V. Kumbhar Department of Medicine, Topiwala Nair Medical College, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
  • Seema H. Kini Department of Medicine, Topiwala Nair Medical College, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India



Disease activity, Inflammatory systemic rheumatologic diseases, Infection, Mortality


Background: Inflammatory systemic rheumatologic disorders are responsible for significant morbidity and premature deaths. The present study was done to assess causes of mortality in these patients.

Methods: In the retrospective study, the death records of patients with inflammatory rheumatologic illnesses from January 2012 to January 2017 were studied. The demographic details, disease activity, organ involvement, treatment received and evidence of infection were noted.

Results: 50 records were analyzed (25 systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), 13 rheumatoid arthritis (RA), four immune myositis, three systemic sclerosis (SS), two takayasu’s arteritis (TA), two ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and one granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA)). The me an age of death was 39.94 years. Sixteen patients had disease related organ damage, 17 had active disease. Infection was present in 31 patients (gram negative organisms most commonly isolated), being the major contributor of mortality. Only two patients succumbed to acute coronary syndrome.

Conclusions: Infection, disease activity and organ damage due to the disease are the major contributors to of death in hospitalized patients with inflammatory rheumatological disorders.


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How to Cite

Kale, K. R., Kumbhar, T. V., & Kini, S. H. (2020). Five year retrospective study of mortality in systemic inflammatory rheumatologic disorders. International Journal of Research in Medical Sciences, 8(3), 979–984.



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