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How Long Does It Usually Take to Be Diagnosed With Arthritis?

By November 5, 2013

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patientdoctorWe often hear about the importance of early diagnosis and treatment for arthritis and related conditions. But, there are many stories circulating on social media from patients who had a long wait before they were diagnosed. Are patients being diagnosed early enough or not?

According to a presentation at the 2013 annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology, researchers studied the duration from onset of symptoms to diagnosis in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis over the last 12 years. Results revealed that in 2000, the mean duration from symptoms to diagnosis was 30 months for rheumatoid arthritis, 52 months for psoriatic arthritis, and 68 months for ankylosing spondylitis. By 2011, the duration from symptoms to diagnosis was 3 to 4 months. Researchers concluded that the dramatic reduction likely could be attributed to a greater awareness of the importance of early diagnosis.

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