Low BMI in Older MPA Patients Linked to High Infection Risk

Low BMI in Older MPA Patients Linked to High Infection Risk

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Low BMI in Older MPA Patients Linked to High Infection Risk

Being underweight at diagnosis, with a low body mass index (BMI), is associated with a significantly greater risk of severe infections in older adults with microscopic polyangiitis (MPA), a recent study in Japan reports. Other significant predictors of severe infection included older age and the use of the immunosuppressant methylprednisolone as a pulse therapy. Patients meeting these conditions should be more carefully monitored to reduce their risk of infections, especially in the first year following…

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