Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic autoimmune rheumatic disorder of unknown etiology.
It is the most common form of inflammatory arthritis.
Patient usually complains of joint pain and/or swelling with morning stiffness that lasts for more than an hour.

Goals of treatment are clinical & radiological remission of disease and to reduce functional limitations & permanent joint damage.

Differential Diagnosis

Differential Diagnoses

  • Systemic diseases
    • Rheumatic fever
    • Infective endocarditis
    • Still’s disease
    • Sarcoidosis
  • Other connective tissue syndromes
    • Scleroderma
    • Systemic lupus erythematosus
    • Systemic vasculitides
  • Spondyloarthropathies
    • Psoriatic arthritis
    • Reactive arthritis
  • Infectious arthritis
  • Crystal-induced arthritis
  • Endocrinopathies
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Hemochromatosis
  • Paraneoplastic syndromes
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