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Rheumatoid Arthritis

Names

Rheumatoid Arthritis
RA

Description

Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory disorder where the body’s immune system attacks the lining of the joints. This disease usually affects both sides of the body (i.e. both ankles or both wrists). It can also damage the lungs, heart, eyes, skin, and various other body systems.

Prevalence

0.3%–1.0% of the global population

Typical Age of onset

Typically, rheumatoid arthritis appears between ages 30 and 60 for women and later in life for men.

Symptoms

  • Joint pain, tenderness, warmth, swelling or stiffness

  • Morning stiffness lasting 30 minutes or longer

  • Symptoms affecting more than one joint

  • Joint pain on both sides of the body

  • Fatigue

  • Low-grade fever

  • Weight loss