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Can rheumatoid arthritis be hereditary?

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Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 35 years experience
No: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is not herititary, in that you do not inherit it directly. However certain genes can increase ones chance of developing it.It is most likely that RA develops in genetically susceptible people who are exposed to some enviromental trigger which sets off the disease process.
Dr. Nisha Manek
Dr. Nisha Manek commented
Specializes in Rheumatology
Environmental triggers that increase RA risk are smoking and gum disease and probably your gut bacteria (there is new emerging science of differences in gut bacteria and immune diseases).
Jun 11, 2015

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Is rheumatoid arthritis actually hereditary?

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Dr. Golder Wilson
Specializes in Clinical Genetics
Partly: Ra and other common diseases exhibit multifactorial determination--some genetic predisposition with modification by environemental factors.
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A 24-year-old female asked:

How common is rheumatoid arthritis? Is it hereditary?

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Dr. Jay Bradley
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Rheumatoid arthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis is not common but not rare either. It has a hereditary component and having a family history increases your risk of developing the disease.
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Is rheumatoid arthritis hereditary? And what are the basic symptoms?

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Dr. Tracy Lovell
Rheumatology 21 years experience
It can be: It can be hereditary. The basic symptoms are joint pain, joint swelling and joint stiffness.
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A 21-year-old female asked:

What is rheumatoid arthritis ?

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Dr. Antoanella Calame
Dermatology 19 years experience
Rheumatoid Arthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that typically affects the small joints in your hands and feet. Rheumatoid arthritis affects the lining of your joints, causing a painful swelling that can eventually result in bone erosion and joint deformity. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder, this occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks your own body's tissues.

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