A member asked:

My mri on my knee says joint effusion and soft tissue swelling. is this connected to rheumatoid arthritis?

2 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Ernst Garcon answered

Specializes in Diagnostic Radiology

Most likely: If you have the disease, the joint effusion is most likely related to ra. It means synovitis. However, other causes of joint effusion such as trauma, lyme disease etc should be excluded by your doc.

Answered 4/24/2014


Dr. Peter Nefcy answered

Specializes in Radiology

Maybe: Recurrent joint effusions and swelling are typical symptoms of RA. But you do not have to have RA to get these symptoms. If you are worried that you may have RA, have your Doctor do some blood tests, which are more reliable indicators for RA.

Answered 12/15/2017



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