Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
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Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects mainly the joints, especially small joints – synovium, but can affect systemically. The disease is caused by an autoimmune response against an unknown self antigen(s). RA is more common in women Unknown etiology Chronic poly arthritis symmetric, erosive synovitis PIP MCP Wrists Knees Ankles MTP C […]

Osteoarthritis
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Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis  – Degenerative joint disease (DJD). No inflammation. Destruction of articular cartilage and surrounding joint structures. The most common symptoms are joint pain and stiffness. Asymmetric, mono / oligo articular involvement.Common joints being affectedCervicallumbosacral spinehipknee1st MTPDIP – (Heberden nodes) — Osteophytes —> Joint enlargementPIP – (Boucahrd nodes)1st CMC (base of thumb – squaring)*Proximal = Letter “B”; Distal = Letter  “H”ClassificationPrimary […]