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What dose it mean when doctor says i have severe oa?

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Dr. Ryan Luginbuhl answered

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It is impossible to say definitively without context, but "oa" may refer to osteoarthritis.

Answered May 1, 2014

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Dr. William Lages answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine - Rheumatology

Osteoarthritis is caused by cartilage damage and can affect nearly any joint. Primary osteoarthritis is without a known other cause and commonly affects the spine, terminal finger joints, thumbs, hips, knees and feet. Secondary osteoarthritis is due to another cause such as injury, rheumatic disease, metabolic disease, etc. Some is hereditary. Oa usually means this.

Answered Nov 26, 2016

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