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Table 1 Demographic and histologic characteristics according to study group

From: Myocardial citrullination in rheumatoid arthritis: a correlative histopathologic study

  RA (n= 17) Control (n= 14) Myocarditis (n= 5) Scleroderma (n= 10) P a
Demographics and reported autopsy features      
Age, years 68 ± 12 67 ± 12 61 ± 13 54 ± 13 0.85
Female, n (%) 15 (88) 11 (79) 2 (40) 7 (70) 0.64
Caucasian, n (%) 12 (71) 12 (86) 4 (80) 5 (50) 0.41
PMI, median (%) 19 (13-23) 20 (9-28) 25 (21-27) 24 (19-39) 0.92
Coronary atherosclerosis, any reported; n (%) 7 (41) 7 (50) 2 (40) 4 (40) 0.62
Mild or moderate, n (%) 4 (24) 6 (43) 1 (20) 3 (30) 0.44
Severe, n (%) 3 (18) 1 (7) 1 (20) 1 (10) 0.60
Histologic findings      
Myocarditis, n (%) 0 (0) 1 (6) 5 (100) 0 (0) 1.00
Interstitial fibrosis, n (%) 14 (81) 12 (86) 3 (60) 7 (70) 1.00
Replacement fibrosis, n (%) 3 (19) 4 (29) 1 (20) 3 (30) 0.68
Cardiomyocyte hypertrophy, n (%) 11 (63) 9 (64) 2 (40) 7 (70) 1.00
  1. aP value for RA vs. control groups.
  2. PMI, postmortem interval; RA, rheumatoid arthritis.