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RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS (11 July 2011) RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS ABSTRACT Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a serious autoimmune disease that has restricted the free joint movement in patients. Synovium in the joint is one of the main point of attack and this result in inflamed and swollen joints.
A combination of therapies that include medication, surgury, exercise and adequate rest can help the patients to reduce swelling and pain. This paper discusses the causes, risk factors, occurance in United States, treatment, and medications of rheumatoid arthritis. RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS INTRODUCTION Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic systemic inflammatory disease. It is generally seen that the joints become swollen and there is severe pain that is experienced by the patients. Researchers have found that RA causes the immune system of a person to attack their joints. In RA, the autoimmune response can lead to permanent, painful changes in the joints. This disease is an autoimmune defect and it causes healthy cells to be attacked, releasing enzymes that attack surrounding tissues. One of these structures is the synovium in the joint. It becomes inflamed and causes swelling and pain. Researches have found that RA affects women three times more often than men. Typically, it affects the small joints first, including the joints of the hands and feet. More than one joint usually is affected, and symptoms often appear bilaterally. ...
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