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How does rheumatoid arthritis involve the immune system?

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Rheumatoid arthritis develops when the immune system produces antibodies that attach to the linings of joints. Immune system cells then attack the joints, causing inflammation, swelling, and pain. If untreated, rheumatoid arthritis causes gradually causes permanent joint damage. Treatments for rheumatoid arthritis can include various oral or injectable medications that reduce immune system overactivity.

From: What Are Autoimmune Disorders? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Goldman, L. Saunders, 2007. Firestein, G. W.B. Saunders Company, 2008.

Cecil Medicine, Kelley's Textbook of Rheumatology,

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 14, 2018

SOURCES: Goldman, L. Saunders, 2007. Firestein, G. W.B. Saunders Company, 2008.

Cecil Medicine, Kelley's Textbook of Rheumatology,

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 14, 2018

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