Source: Uni-Klinikum Erlangen
What is rheumatoid arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease that affects several joints. A combination of hereditary predisposition and environmental influences (e.g. smoking) cause the immune system to malfunction and trigger the inflammation of the joints.
How does rheumatism manifest itself?
The first signs are swelling, severe pain and morning stiffness, initially in the small joints and later in the large joints. Over time, the chronic inflammation leads to damage of the joints and bones: they become immobile and deformed if no targeted treatment is given early on. Rheumatism can occur as early as childhood, but is often recognised late because the symptoms are similar to "growing pains".
Is it rheumatism?
In addition to the clinical examination, blood tests to measure inflammation levels and specific antibodies help to identify the disease. Imaging techniques such as ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging and computer tomography are used to get an accurate picture of the disease state, inflammation and joint damage.
What can be done about rheumatism?
The earlier rheumatoid arthritis is diagnosed, the better it can be treated. Modern therapies help prevent bone and joint damage as the disease progresses. Meanwhile, more than half of our patients achieve remission or low disease activity through targeted therapy.
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