Epidemiology of polymyalgia rheumatica in Olmsted County, Minnesota, 1970-1991

Carlo Salvarani, Sherine E. Gabriel, W. Michael O'Fallon, Gene G. Hunder

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Objective. To determine the incidence, prevalence, and survival of polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) over a 22-year period in Olmsted County, Minnesota. Methods. Using the unified record system at the Mayo Clinic for the Olmsted County population, we reviewed all medical records with a diagnosis of PMR from 1970 through 1991. Results. There were 245 (173 female; 72 male) incidence cases of PMR between 1970 and 1991. The average annual age- and sex-adjusted incidence of PMR per 100,000 population ≥50 years was 52.5 (95% confidence interval [CI] 45.9-59.2), with a significantly higher incidence in females (61.7; 95% CI 52.3-71.2) than in males (39.9; 95% CI 30.7-49.2). The incidence varied over the period of observation, but no significant trends were found. The prevalence of PMR among persons ≥50 years on January 1, 1992 was 6/1,000. There was a small but significantly increased survival rate among male PMR patients compared with the general population. Conclusion. Our data demonstrate that PMR is a common nonfatal disease in the elderly, the incidence and clinical manifestations of which have varied but remained relatively stable over the last 2 decades.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)369-373
Number of pages5
JournalArthritis and Rheumatism
Volume38
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1995

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Polymyalgia Rheumatica
Epidemiology
Incidence
Confidence Intervals
Population
Medical Records
Survival Rate
Observation
Survival

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  • Rheumatology

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Salvarani, C., Gabriel, S. E., O'Fallon, W. M., & Hunder, G. G. (1995). Epidemiology of polymyalgia rheumatica in Olmsted County, Minnesota, 1970-1991. Arthritis and Rheumatism, 38(3), 369-373.

Epidemiology of polymyalgia rheumatica in Olmsted County, Minnesota, 1970-1991. / Salvarani, Carlo; Gabriel, Sherine E.; O'Fallon, W. Michael; Hunder, Gene G.

In: Arthritis and Rheumatism, Vol. 38, No. 3, 03.1995, p. 369-373.

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Salvarani, C, Gabriel, SE, O'Fallon, WM & Hunder, GG 1995, 'Epidemiology of polymyalgia rheumatica in Olmsted County, Minnesota, 1970-1991', Arthritis and Rheumatism, vol. 38, no. 3, pp. 369-373.
Salvarani, Carlo ; Gabriel, Sherine E. ; O'Fallon, W. Michael ; Hunder, Gene G. / Epidemiology of polymyalgia rheumatica in Olmsted County, Minnesota, 1970-1991. In: Arthritis and Rheumatism. 1995 ; Vol. 38, No. 3. pp. 369-373.
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