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.
It is manageable. But not necessarily curable.
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...