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Is RA really an autoimmune disease?

15 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ramachandran Srinivasan
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
9 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Ramachandran Srinivasan
Dr. Ramachandran Srinivasan
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Dr. EVAN Leibowitz
Early treatment of RA increases the chances for good quality of life and function. There are now many highly effective treatments for RA. See a rheumatologist to confirm the diagnosis and get treated.
Dr. Carlos Kier
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Ra is an autoimmune disorder that is the result of genetic and enviromental factors which result in autoantibody production and a complex inflammatory response which results in joint inflammation and the secondary destructive changes.
The immune response that occurs is quite complicated, well documented and not easily summarized.

In brief: Yes

Ra is an autoimmune disorder that is the result of genetic and enviromental factors which result in autoantibody production and a complex inflammatory response which results in joint inflammation and the secondary destructive changes.
The immune response that occurs is quite complicated, well documented and not easily summarized.
Dr. Carlos Kier
Dr. Carlos Kier
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2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes it is

It is a chronic disease where your immune system attacks normal, healthy tissues such as your joints.
This caused joint destruction, which is the hallmark of rheumatoid arthritis.

In brief: Yes it is

It is a chronic disease where your immune system attacks normal, healthy tissues such as your joints.
This caused joint destruction, which is the hallmark of rheumatoid arthritis.
Dr. Joseph Newman
Dr. Joseph Newman
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