Following chikungunya virus infection, chronic rheumatological symptoms are similar to those observed with rheumatoid arthritis. To further evaluate this, a comparison was made between the relevance of joint counts and symptoms between the two conditions.
In this publication, we focus on:
- a background to chikungunya virus and its various symptoms including chronic joint pain and inflammation
- a cross sectional study of 40 patients with chronic chikungunya arthralgia and 40 patients with rheumatoid arthritis in order to compare symptoms
- an assessment of the relevance of joint counts in both conditions and their relationship with disability