Washington D.C. [USA], Dec 11 (ANI): Pregnant women, take note! If you are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, your kid is at increased risk for developing certain chronic diseases during childhood and adolescence.
To look into the issue, Line Jølving, MHS of Odense University Hospital and her colleagues conducted a nationwide study with long-term follow-up of all children born in Denmark during a 25-year period.
Specifically, the presence of rheumatoid arthritis during pregnancy was linked with a 2.2-times increased risk of thyroid disease, a 1.6-times increased risk of epilepsy, and a 2.9-times increased risk of rheumatoid arthritis in offspring.
"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," said Jølving.
The findings appear in the journal Arthritis Care & Research. (ANI)