Dr Rizwan Rafique, Dr Ayesha Khaliq, Dr Khawar Ahmed
Introduction: Rheumatoid arthritis is a multifaceted disease which produces articular symptoms and damage, leading to disability. Objective: The objective of current study was to estimate the epidemiology of RA, clinical aspects and socio-economic determinants in Pakistani patients. Methodology: A retrospective study, conducted at the Punjab health department from January 2019 to June 2019. A total of 1200 medical records were reviewed. Diagnosed cases of rheumatoid arthritis, of both gender were included in our study. Results: Among 1200 patients with rheumatic symptoms, 543(45.2%) patients were diagnosed cases of RA. Prevalence rate was higher among females 412(77.5%) , mostly fall in 31-45years age group as compared to males 131(24.1%). Hypertension 124 (22.8%), diabetes mellitus 211 (38.8%) and ischemic heart disease 89 (16.39%) were majorly reported comorbidities associated with rheumatoid arthritis. Conclusion: It is concluded from the study that prevalence rate of RA dominates among females as compared to males.