Rheumatoid Arthritis | Overview


What is rheumatoid arthritis?

Rheumatoid (say: "roo-mah-toyd") arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation and pain in your joints. It can also affect other parts of your body, such as the lining of your heart and lungs.


Diagnosis and Management of Rheumatoid Arthritis by JA Rindfleisch, D Muller (American Family Physician September 15, 2005, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20050915/1037.html)

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Created: 03/06