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Is rheumatoid arthritis curable?

Is rheumatoid arthritis curable?

No: Though rheumatoid arthritis is not curable, there are now many treatments that dramatically lessen the symptoms of arthritis. If the disease is treated early enough, there is also a reduced chance of developing joint deformities. ...Read more

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Dr. Tracy Lovell
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Autoimmune Disease (Definition)

In auto immune disease the enemy is from with in . As name implies "auto" is self and "immune " is immune system . One 's own immune system for unknown reason turns against self and destroys or damages tissues or cells . List of auto immune disease are many and growing . End result is destruction of of tissues such as thyroid , pancreas or cells such as white ...Read more


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Is RA an autoimmune disease?

Is RA an autoimmune disease?

Yes: Here is an excellent summary http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001467/.

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Is takayasu's arthritis curable?

Is takayasu's arthritis curable?

No: Takayasu's arteritis (it's not an arthritis) is a vasculitis, which is inflammation of the vessels. Etiology remains unclear, but the immune system is thought to contribute the most to disease. Immunosuppressive meds help control symptoms, but this disease tends to flare. The more severe and frequently the pt flares, the more worried i get about prognosis and may identify pts who need surgery. ...Read more

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Is rheumatoid arthritis actually hereditary?

Is rheumatoid arthritis actually hereditary?

Partly: Ra and other common diseases exhibit multifactorial determination--some genetic predisposition with modification by environemental factors. ...Read more

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Is polymyalgia rheumatica considered an autoimmune disease?

Is polymyalgia rheumatica considered an autoimmune disease?

PMR : Pmr is an inflammatory disorder that affects proximal muscles of shoulder joint and hip joint due to unknown causes. There is inflammation with elevated ESR and crp. There is mild anemia and effusion of tendons around shoulders on us. Temporal arteritis(ta) is seen in 15% of pmr patients. Pmr occurs in 50% of ta patients. It occurs in genetic predisposition triggered by environmental factors. ...Read more

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Is rheumatic arthritis is curable?

Is rheumatic arthritis is curable?

No: Rheumatoid arthritis is not curable. Actually no form of arthritis is curable. For rheumatoid arthritis there are some medications available referred to as "disease modifying agent" that are thought to slow down the progress of the disorder. That is why it is important to establish the diagnosis as early is possible. Symptoms or red, swollen, stiff joints should prompt a visit to your doctor. ...Read more

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How is juvenile rheumatoid arthritis diagnosed?

How is juvenile rheumatoid arthritis diagnosed?

Clinical criteria: Ra (also called jia) for juvenille idiopathic arthritis is a disease of unknown etiology. There are many theories for why it happens, many believe there is a virus responsible. Pain and stiffness may limit activity. Appropriate treatment can vastly benefit the patient, and a rheumatologist can be your best friend. Labs to rule out other causes are undertaken. Clinical criteria make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is rheumatoid arthritis the affliction as inflammatory arthritis?

Not really: Ra is one type of inflammatory arthritis but the are many different types of inflammatory arthritis that are unrelated to ra. ...Read more

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Is lupus an autoimmune disease?

Is lupus an autoimmune disease?

Lupus: Lupus is a classic autoimmune disease that attacks cells, tissues and organs . It is a systemic auto immune disease that attacks skin, heart, lungs , liver, kidneys , blood vessels and nervous system. Anti body production by b cells are to dna , sm antigen, histones and other proteins of cell nucleus . Immune complex deposition in surfaces damage blood vessels in kidneys and other organs ...Read more

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Is septic arthritis curable?

Is septic arthritis curable?

Yes, but urgent: Successful treatment requires culture to identify the best antibiotic and emergency irrigation and cleansing of the joint. Usually 6 weeks of intravenous antibiotics is required. A delay or inadequate treatment can lead to loss of the joint and bone infection. ...Read more

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Is pericarditis linked to rheumatoid arthritis?

Is pericarditis linked to rheumatoid arthritis?

It can be : There are many possible causes of pericarditis. Autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus are known to cause inflammation of internal organs or tissues. Inflammation of the linng of the heart, the pericardium, is called pericarditis. ...Read more

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Is osteoarthritis a curable disease now?

Is osteoarthritis a curable disease now?

No: All treatments such as weight loss, exercise, supplements, medications, injections, and surgery are designed to reduce the symptoms of osteoarthritis. There is no cure for the condition but the progression may be slowed down. ...Read more

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Is RA really an autoimmune disease?

RA : Ra is an autoimmune disease . It is a systemic autoimmune disease as it affects joints and other systems . The target cells are cells in synovium (lining of joints) , pleura (lining or covering of lungs , pericardium ( lining or covering of heart) and sclera of eyes . The antibodies are to igg fc ( rheumatoid factor) and to citrullinated peptides ( anti ccp ) . Both t and b cells are involved. ...Read more

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What autoimmune diseases mimic arthritis?

What autoimmune diseases mimic arthritis?

Many cause arthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and ankylosing spondylitis commonly cause arthritis. The joints are the target of many autoimmune diseases. ...Read more

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Which type of disease is rheumatoid arthritis?

Autoimmune : Autoimmunity describes an abnormal activity of the immune system turning against and attacking the body itself rather than fighting bacteria, viruses, tumors, etc. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) manifests itself as painful joint swelling but can also involve the heart, lungs, and other organs. It is critical to get the inflammation under control which most of the time involves seeing a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Is arthritis a communicable disease?

Is arthritis a communicable disease?

Life: Nope. Not in general. There is a very rare form of arthritis, however, caused by disseminated gonorrhea. ...Read more

Autoimmune (Definition)

The immune system developed to tell our own, normal cells (self) from foreign and abnormal cells (non-self). This lets the immune system eliminate viruses, bacteria, fungi and cancer cells from our body without harming normal cells. Sometimes the immune system fails to tell self from non-self and it attacks normal cells, for example in ...Read more


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Rheumatism (Definition)

"rheumatism" is an older term, not used much today. Most people are referring to pain and swelling in the joints when they use this term. People may mean something different when they use this term in contrast to when they refer ...Read more