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July 1969

Rubella as a Disease: Discussion on Session I

Am J Dis Child. 1969;118(1):62-67. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1969.02100040064011

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Dr. G. Edsall, Boston: I believe it would be helpful for many of us if someone could provide actual figures on the incidence of arthralgia and arthritis in male adults.

Dr. F. C. Robbins, Cleveland: With regard to the frequency of arthritis as a complication of rubella in men, Fry reported on observations made in a suburban practice in England during a rubella epidemic in 1962 (Fry et al: Brit Med J 2:833-834 [Sept 29] 1962). Although the diagnoses of rubella were based only on clinical findings, they were probably accurate since the disease was epidemic. In a group of 74 adults (age 20 years or older) with rubella, arthritis occurred in two of 34 men and in nine of 40 women.

Neither arthritis nor arthralgia was noted in 32 naval recruits with rubella studied by Heggie at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center. The diagnosis of rubella was confirmed

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