Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Polymyalgia Rheumatica Incidence

Facts about polymyalgia rheumatica:

  • About 1 out of 200 people in the US over 50 years old has polymyalgia rheumatica.
  • Females are affected twice as often as males.
  • About 15 percent of those with polymyalgia rheumatica develop temporal arteritis.
  • About 50 percent of those with temporal arteritis have polymyalgia rheumatica.

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Last Updated: Oct 25, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Polymyalgia Rheumatica References
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