Rheumatoid Arthritis

660 WordsMar 30, 20163 Pages
Rheumatoid Arthritis or “RA” is an autoimmune disorder where the immune system mistakenly attacks its own body tissues. This disease affects the lining of joints causing pain and swelling. Eventually the swelling can lead to bone erosion and joint deformity. RA can happen to anyone at any age, but the majority of people who have to endure this disease are women over the age of 40. Pathophysiology Rheumatoid Arthritis is a joint attacking disease, but RA can attack any organ in the body. There is no unique test to diagnose RA, doctors look at signs and symptoms of the patient. Infectious agents have long been suspected as potential triggers of RA. Some external triggers, such as smoking, infection, or trauma could even affect the…show more content…
RA can affect anyone, but women are the ones who usually suffer the most. The best thing to do if a person notices symptoms is to go to their doctor immediately, doing so could catch the symptoms before they get worse and do
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