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Are there last stages of rheumatoid arthritis?

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Dr. Steven Rosner
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Without treatment end stage RA manifests with severe crippling deformities and loss of function in the shoulders, elbows, wrists, fingers, hips, knees, ankles, toes, and even in the neck.
The most severe cases involve lung, eye, cardiac, skin, kidney, nerves, and intestines. All these organs can fail causing death.

In brief: Yes

Without treatment end stage RA manifests with severe crippling deformities and loss of function in the shoulders, elbows, wrists, fingers, hips, knees, ankles, toes, and even in the neck.
The most severe cases involve lung, eye, cardiac, skin, kidney, nerves, and intestines. All these organs can fail causing death.
Dr. Steven Rosner
Dr. Steven Rosner
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Dr. Gary Pess
Surgery - Hand Surgery

In brief: Deformity

For the hand, ulnar drift and dislocations of the mp joints, tendon ruptures, auto fusions and significant synovitis.

In brief: Deformity

For the hand, ulnar drift and dislocations of the mp joints, tendon ruptures, auto fusions and significant synovitis.
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Dr. Gary Pess
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Dr. Ronald Krauser
There are 4 stages of RA progression ranging from no damage to severe erosions and deformity.
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