Rheumatoid Arthritis: Overview
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune form of arthritis, where the bodyís own immune system cells attack parts of the joints. It is more common in younger people (e.g. ages 25 to 50), whereas older patients tend to have osteoarthritis. The disease can also attack people in their teens, where it is usually called Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA). Hallmark symptoms are joint pain, joint inflammation, joint redness, swollen joints, and so on. The early symptoms may be an inflammation of a single joint, or sometimes multiple joints are all affected at once. Other symptoms include mild fever and malaise. In some patients, a subtype called Stillís Disease may develop where infectious symptoms such as high fever, rash, enlarged lymph nodes and other symptoms may appear.
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- Autoimmune Disorders: Autoimmune disorders are diseases where the bodyís own immune system attacks good body cells, resulting in disease. There are
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- Arthritis: Arthritis is the class of diseases causing joint inflammation. Symptoms include joint pain, joint swelling, joint redness, joint warmth, and
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- Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis is the main type of arthritis, which is degenerative and usually associated with aging. It is distinct from other
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- Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis: Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA) is a form of arthritis that is an autoimmune disease. The general term for this disease
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- Joint Pain: Joint pain, or arthralgia, may afflict one particular joint, or multiple joints may be painful. Acute joint pain is often
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