Classification of rheumatoid arthritis

  • Daniel Aletaha


Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects approximately 1% of the adult population [1]. Although there is no cure, patients may reach a state of remission, which has become an achievable goal with optimal early treatment. Early intervention in particular has made RA a less disabling disease and if treatment is instituted right from the onset, no functional impairment may occur and structural integrity may be preserved (Figures 1.1 and 1.2) [2]. Over the past decade, early intensive treatment has also been proven to change the course of later RA [2,3], and therefore, the treatment goal should be to treat RA early and persistently until remission is present [4,5].


Rheumatoid Arthritis Rheumatoid Factor Lyme Disease Acute Phase Response European League 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel Aletaha
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  1. 1.Division of Rheumatology, Department of Internal MedicineMedical University of ViennaViennaAustria

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