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Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disorder that primarily affects joints. However, it is not limited merely to the joints. It occurs when the body’s own immune system mistakenly begins to attack the joints. This causes inflammation of the joint, making it red, warm, swollen, and painful (hence named as arthritis). What triggers this autoimmune reaction is not known. An external trigger like cigarette smoking, trauma, or infection might play a role.
RA can involve any joint, but it usually starts in the small hand joints. Other joints commonly affected include those of knees, hips, ankles, feet, elbows, neck, and shoulders.
Women are more likely to be affected from RA than men are.
In addition to joint pain and inflammation, people affected by RA present with the following signs and symptoms:
There is no unique test or sign that is pathognomonic for RA. The patient has rheumatoid arthritis if he or she meets at least four of these seven criteria.
RA leads to deformed joints with restricted movements and functionality. Thus, treating RA is of utmost importance. Analgesics like NSAIDs may ease the pain and inflammation of joints. Steroids and disease-modifying agents ameliorate symptoms and slow the progression of the disease.
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