13-12-2017| Arthritis in mothers increase risk of epilepsy

13 December 2017
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A major study has concluded that children are more likely to have epilepsy if their mother had arthritis while the infant was in the womb.

Line Jølving from MHS of Odense University Hospital, Denmark and her colleagues carried out a nationwide study of all children born during a 25-year timeline.

2,106 children born to women with rheumatoid arthritis and 1,378,539 children born to women who did not have the condition. Her team discovered the chance of epilepsy increased by 160 per cent if the woman suffered from rheumatoid arthritis.

According to the journal of Arthritis Care & Research, Jølving said: "We have addressed a concern in pregnant women with rheumatoid arthritis in terms of a potential increased risk of a negative impact of their chronic disease on the future health of their offspring.

"Our results call for special attention on child development of rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid disease, and epilepsy if exposed to rheumatoid arthritis in utero."

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