Published: 30 June 2020
Author(s): Abdulla Watad, Dennis McGonagle, Nicola L. Bragazzi, Giovanni Damiani, Doron Comaneshter, Merav Lidar, Arnon D. Cohen, Howard Amital
Section: Original article

Rheumatic diseases are characterized by chronic inflammation that affects the joints but also internal organs such as lungs, heart and other organs [1,2]. These disorders, if untreated, may lead to chronic disability and reduced quality of life in many patients. Furthermore, rheumatic/autoimmune diseases are associated with increased mortality compared to the general population [3], with cardiovascular events, infections, and malignancy being the leading causes of death [4–6].

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