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Rheumatoid arthritis

By Karen Walker-Bone

Abstract

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that mainly affects the peripheral joints and surrounding tissue. It usually starts as a symmetrical polyarthritis, and its course is marked by flares and remissions.The aims of treatment are to relieve pain and swelling, and to improve function. In addition, disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) may reduce disease progression

Topics: Musculoskeletal Disorders
Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group
OAI identifier: oai:pubmedcentral.nih.gov:2943775
Provided by: PubMed Central
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