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When do subcutaneous nodules appear in a patient with rheumatoid arthritis?

When do subcutaneous nodules appear in a patient with rheumatoid arthritis?

Anytime/often later: Rheumatoid nodules occur in about 35% of RA patients. Interestingly, smoking and the use of Methotrexate increases the risk of developing these nodules. They tend to appear later in the disease course but can occur really at any time. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

Arthritis is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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How to know when do subcutaneous nodules appear in course of ra(rheumatoid arthritis)?

How to know when do subcutaneous nodules appear in course of ra(rheumatoid arthritis)?

Usually never: Subcutaneous nodules are only present in about 20% of cases, they are usually associated with more severe disease. ...Read more

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Do rheumatoid arthritis drugs sometimes damage the lung?

Yes: Some of the drugs used to treat rheumatoid arthritis can cause damage to lungs. The most common would be the drug methotrexate. This drug requires lung function monitoring with breathing tests/xrays because it can inflame the lungs (pneumonitis) or cause scarring of the lungs (fibrosis). Other drugs for rheumatoid cause problems less significant. ...Read more

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How serious is the rheumatoid arthritis?

How serious is the rheumatoid arthritis?

See details: It can be very serious unless it is treated aggressively early to prevent joint damage and deformity. Anyone with RA should be under the care of a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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What causes a rheumatoid arthritis flare?

What causes a rheumatoid arthritis flare?

Several factors: Stress one frequently reported factor in rheumatoid arthritis flare-ups is stress.Some foods can trigger arthritis flare-ups. Among these, cow's milk is the most often cited, but shrimp, wheat and some meats, hen's eggs and codfish also are implicated. Echinacea echinacea has been cited as a possible cause of flare-ups in those with rheumatoid arthritis, . ...Read more

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What is seronegative rheumatoid arthritis?

A bad term: This is a misleading term. It used to be used for individuals who had a different form of arthritis from rheumatoid. However, simple absence of rheumatoid factor (the determinate of seronegativity) does not rule out the diagnosis, nor does the presence of rheumatoid factor confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?

What are symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?

See details: The most common are generalized joint pain, tenderness and swelling, and morning stiffness. The diagnosis is most often confirmed by appropriate lab tests. ...Read more

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What is the cause of rheumatoid arthritis?

What is the cause of rheumatoid arthritis?

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. ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


Dr. Loki Skylizard
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Lung Nodule (Definition)

A lung nodule is a symptom in which a person has a chest x-ray or CT scan that shows a small lump (nodule) in a lung. A lung nodule can be cancerous or non-cancerous. If cancerous, it can be a lung cancer or can be a metastatic cancer that spread from another ...Read more