Table 5

Characteristics of patients with pre-existing immune-mediated inflammatory disease and reason for referral

Pre-existing IMID (N=45)Reasons for referralInpatients, NOutpatients, N
ConditionN (%)
Sjögren’s syndrome15 (33)IMID flare724
PsA10 (22)Fever02
Psoriasis6 (13)Nausea/vomiting11
Autoimmune tyroiditis5 (11)Diarrhoea21
Rheumatoid arthritis4 (9)Abdominal pain11
UCTD2 (4)Melena10
IBD2 (4)Fatigue20
Type 1 diabetes2 (4)Visual disturbances01
AI epatitis2 (4)Jaundice10
Vasculitis1 (2)Dyspnoea10
Behçet disease1 (2)Electrolyte imbalance10
Crystal arthritis1 (2)Septic arthritis10
PMR1 (2)Retinal thrombosis10
Sarcoidosis1 (2)Tuberculous spondylodiscitis10
SLE1 (2)Anaemia10
SpA1 (2)
Multiple sclerosis1 (2)
MCTD1 (2)
  • AI, Autoimmune; IBD, inflammatory bowel disease; MCTD, mixed connective tissue disease; N, number; PMR, polymyalgia rheumatica; PsA, psoriatic arthritis; SLE, systemic lupus erythematosus; SpA, spondyloarthritis; UCTD, undifferentiated connective tissue disease.