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Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Alan J. BridgesEmail author


Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a systemic autoimmune inflammatory disease characterized by pain and swelling of joints. RA must be diagnosed and treated as early as possible. If RA progresses without appropriate therapy inflammation can cause joint destruction and organ system damage. Uncontrolled RA is a major risk factor for atherosclerotic disease and early mortality.


Rheumatoid Arthritis Inflammatory arthritis Joint swelling 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Madison VA Hospital, University of Wisconsin HospitalDepartment of Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public HealthMadisonUSA

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