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Because disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) and biologics suppress the immune system, patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) sometimes stop taking them before surgery, potentially increasing their risk of a disease flare-up

To find out whether disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs are associated with post-operative infections, the researchers analysed surgery data from more than 5,500 patients with rheumatoid arthritis

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