How does the prevalence of osteoarthritis (OA) vary by sex?

Updated: Jun 10, 2020
  • Author: Carlos J Lozada, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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In individuals older than 55 years, the prevalence of osteoarthritis is higher among women than among men. [59] Women are especially susceptible to osteoarthritis in the DIP joints of the fingers. Women also have osteoarthritis of the knee joints more frequently than men do, with a female-to-male incidence ratio of 1.7:1. Women are also more prone to erosive osteoarthritis, with a female-to-male ratio of about 12:1.


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