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Who can get rheumatoid arthritis?

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Anyone can get rheumatoid arthritis. It affects about 1% of Americans.

The disease is two to three times more common in women than in men, but men tend to have more severe symptoms.

It usually starts in middle age. But young children and the elderly also can get it.

From: What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis? WebMD Medical Reference

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American Academy of Family Physicians: "Rheumatoid Arthritis." American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association: "Autoimmune Diseases in Women." American College of Rheumatology: "Rheumatoid Arthritis." FDA. News Release. “FDA approves Inflectra, a biosimilar to Remicade.” “FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.” UptoDate for Patients: "Clinical Features of Rheumatoid Arthritis."  




Reviewed by David Zelman on October 13, 2019

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American Academy of Family Physicians: "Rheumatoid Arthritis." American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association: "Autoimmune Diseases in Women." American College of Rheumatology: "Rheumatoid Arthritis." FDA. News Release. “FDA approves Inflectra, a biosimilar to Remicade.” “FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.” UptoDate for Patients: "Clinical Features of Rheumatoid Arthritis."  




Reviewed by David Zelman on October 13, 2019

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