Introduction: Rheumatoid arthritis


Rheumatoid arthritis: Autoimmune form of arthritis usually in teens or young adults.

Rheumatoid arthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory disease that causes pain, swelling, stiffness, and loss of function in the joints. It has several special features that make it different from other kinds of arthritis (see information box below). For example, rheumatoid arthritis generally occurs in a symmetrical pattern. This means that if one knee or hand is involved, the other one is also. The disease often affects the wrist joints and the finger joints closest to the hand. It can also affect other parts of the body besides the joints (see illustrations below). In addition, people with the disease may have fatigue, occasional fever, and a general sense of not feeling well (malaise). 1

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         Contents for Rheumatoid arthritis:

1. excerpt from Handout on Health Rheumatoid Arthritis: NIAMS

Last revision: June 13, 2003

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