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A 30-year-old member asked:

What causes ra (rheumatoid arthritis)?

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Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
Pediatrics 51 years experience
Unknown: Synovial tissue inside joints become inflamed and damaged by chronic inflammation. The exact triggers are still elusive.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

Can a person have a negative RA titre have rheumatoid arthritis?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Arthritis: There are many types of arthritis, some of which are degenerative or post-traumatic. The other general kind of arthritis is inflammatory. The classification of type requires a history, examination, diagnostic x-rays, and if indicated, blood tests. Treatment is determined by type of arthritis. Not all patients with RA have positive blood tests. Occasionally, blood tests are done a few times.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What are the signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis ra?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 50 years experience
Tender warm & stiff: Swollen joints. Morning stiffness that may last for hours, firm bumps of tissue under the skin on your arms (rheumatoid nodules). Fatigue, fever and weight loss rheumatoid arthritis signs and symptoms may vary in severity and may even come and go. Periods of increased disease activity, called flares, alternate with periods of relative remission. Deformity of the joints especaily the hand and feet.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between RA (rheumatoid arthritis) and oa (osteoarthritis)?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Ronald Krauser
A Verified Doctoranswered
Rheumatology 53 years experience
Too many to mention: Ra is an autoimmune disease characterized by inflammation of large and small joints in all extremities. Oa is more of a wear and tear type of arthritis. There are numerous other differences.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What causes a rheumatoid arthritis to show up?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
We don't know....: Prior infectious mononucleosis appears to be necessary. Age and sex are important. Uncommon before 18, usually age of onset 35, and 7-10 x more likely in women than men. The cxuase remanes unknown. Good treatments exist to put virtually all patients in remission.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What is the cause of rheumatoid arthritis?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. David True
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology 25 years experience
Cause of RA: The exact cause is unknown. Leading theories are that people with a genetic predisposition are exposed to something in the environment that triggers an abnormal immune response leading to rheumatoid arthritis.
Last updated Feb 8, 2020


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