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 affected Cervical lumbosacral spine hip knee 1st MTP DIP – (Heberden nodes) — Osteophytes —> Joint enlargement PIP – (Boucahrd nodes) 1st CMC (base […]