• A actinomycetemcomitans may be a trigger for autoimmune response, rheumatoid arthritis

    4 days ago - By Healio

    Compared with healthy individuals, patients with rheumatoid arthritis appear to have a disproportionately high incidence of periodontal disease and infection. While the association has been established for some time, a 2016 study published in Science Translational Medicine has identified the potential link between the two - an aggressive bacterium called Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans. In certain patients with a genetic susceptibility, infection with A. actinomycetemcomitans may trigger an autoimmune response that leads to rheumatoid arthritis.“There are people who have inflammation...
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