Rheumatoid Arthritis An Infection? 
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 Rheumatoid Arthritis An Infection?

I read that there has been some research where tetracycline was used to
treat rheumatoid arthritis, and there evidently was some improvement.  
Has anybody heard about this?  The implication was that Rheumatoid
arthritis could be some type of infection.  Any further information on
this would be appreciated.  Thanks,
Peggy Wageman


Thu, 24 Aug 1995 18:09:16 GMT
 Rheumatoid Arthritis An Infection?

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>I read that there has been some research where tetracycline was used to
>treat rheumatoid arthritis, and there evidently was some improvement.  
>Has anybody heard about this?  The implication was that Rheumatoid
>arthritis could be some type of infection.  Any further information on
>this would be appreciated.  Thanks,
>Peggy Wageman

I hadn't heard that. I thought that was one of the few types where a simple
{*filter*} test allowed it's diagnosis.  But there are bacterial causes of arthritis.
There are sudden and dramatic ones and then there are slow ones. The sudden
ones are called bacterial arthritis. The slow ones are called reactive
arthritis.

Bacterial arthritis is an infection in the joints. Reactive arthritis is an
immune reaction to disease elsewhere. I found a correlation in one case
between helicobacter/(old name campylobacter) and reactive arthritis a few
years ago by doing a statistical process on medline abstracts. Now there
are several studies that have been done to show that there is a strong
correlation. But there are other causes for reactive arthritis so it's not
easy deciding what is causing it.

And then there's gout and other weird stuff. I think the specialists who
treat these are called Rheumetologists?

-Jackie-



Fri, 25 Aug 1995 03:49:56 GMT
 Rheumatoid Arthritis An Infection?

Quote:

>I read that there has been some research where tetracycline was used to
>treat rheumatoid arthritis, and there evidently was some improvement.  
>Has anybody heard about this?  The implication was that Rheumatoid
>arthritis could be some type of infection.  Any further information on

RA is an autoimmune disorder.  If any infection is involved, it is
likely to be at some remote time in the past.  Don't make the error
in thinking that if some drug helps, that means that it helps by
the same mechanism as with other diseases the drug is used for.
Elavil is a drug developed to treat depression, but as it turns out,
it does very well in migraine headaches, painful neuropathies, and
even low back pain.  Does this mean these are all caused by depression?
Of course not.  Similarly, antibiotics might have other effects as well.
I can't comment on the Tetracycline, since I hadn't heard about it.
.

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