Early detection, biologics key to treating rheumatoid arthritis
from North County Times
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that affects 1.3 million Americans — women three times more often than men. A disorder of the small joints in the hands and wrists, ankles and feet, RA is currently incurable. Unlike osteoarthritis, a joint disorder caused by "wear and tear," RA is primarily the result of inflammation of the synovial membrane, a soft tissue found on the inner layer of affected joints. The condition produces fluid buildup and swelling that results in pain, bone erosion, joint deformity and disability.
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