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What is rheumatoid arthritis?

Monday, July 3. 2017

Rheumatoid arthritis, sometimes referred to as rheumatoid disease, is a chronic, progressive and disabling autoimmune disease that causes inflammation and pain in the joints, the tissue around the joints, and other organs in the human body.

Rheumatoid arthritis usually affects the joints in the hands and feet first, but any joint may become affected. Patients with rheumatoid arthritis commonly have stiff joints and feel generally unwell and tired.

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