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.
Women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) appear to have better functional status prior to menopause, with a recent study reporting that menopause is associated with a worsening progression of functional decline in RA.
Both males and females with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) suffer from significantly higher risks of bone fracture than those without RA, according to a new meta-analysis. Specifically, the risks of hip and vertebral fractures are elevated in RA patients.