Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory disease that can occur in multiple joints throughout the body. Inflammation primarily affects the synovial membrane, the lining of the joints, though it can affect other organs as well. As the joint lining becomes inflamed, damage to cartilage and bone can take place. Severe inflammation can lead to crooked or deformed joints. The exact causes of rheumatoid arthritis are unknown, but it is thought to be an autoimmune disease caused when the immune system mistakenly attacks health tissue. Symptoms include pain, swelling, and redness at affected joints. Though there is no known cure, there are effective medications that can help treat the disease and prevent deformities.
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Source: Centers for Disease Control, “Rheumatoid Arthritis,” November 6, 2014, http://www.cdc.gov/arthritis/basics/rheumatoid.htm.