Rheumatoid Arthritis: Systemic Symptoms - Topic Overview
Rheumatoid arthritis primarily affects the joints but can also affect the whole body,causing what are called systemic symptoms. These systemic symptoms occur especially in people who have severe disease. Problems associated with rheumatoid arthritis can develop in the: Eyes. Inflammation of the surface of the eye (scleritis) may result in dry,gritty-feeling eyes or pain in the eyes. Lungs. ...
Biologics for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Azathioprine for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Drug details for Azathioprine for rheumatoid arthritis.
Corticosteroids for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Drug details for Corticosteroids for rheumatoid arthritis.
Rheumatoid Arthritis: Classification Criteria - Topic Overview
These criteria were developed by the American College of Rheumatology in 1988 and are still used to diagnose rheumatoid arthritis. Of these seven criteria,four are needed for a diagnosis. Criteria 1 through 4 must have been present for at least 6 weeks. 1 Morning stiffness lasting at least 1 hour before major improvement Arthritis in three or more of the following joint areas on either side ...
Rheumatoid Arthritis: Other Causes of Joint Pain - Topic Overview
Many diseases in addition to rheumatoid arthritis may cause joint pain. Osteoarthritis: The illness most often confused with rheumatoid arthritis is osteoarthritis. Although these diseases share the symptom of severe joint pain with reduced mobility,they have distinct causes and treatments. Osteoarthritis is caused by wear and tear over time or by injury to the joints,which results in the ...
Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: Total Joint Replacement - Topic Overview
Total joint replacement may be considered as a last resort for joints that have been so badly damaged by juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) that walking is very hard or impossible. The hip and the knee joints are the most commonly replaced. Results can be very good in teens who have total joint replacement. In general,it is best to delay total joint replacement until your child's bones have ...
Penicillamine for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Drug details for Penicillamine for rheumatoid arthritis.
Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: Soft Tissue Release of Contracture - Topic Overview
A contracture is a joint abnormally bent by shortened soft tissues in and around the joint. The shortened tissues pull the bone out of normal position. A contracture may develop in a joint affected by juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). Because of the effectiveness of today's treatments,your child probably will not develop contractures. But if a contracture does develop,treatment may ...
Antimalarials for Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
Drug details for Antimalarial medications for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.