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Can you tell the difference between rheumatoid and osteo arthritis from an x-ray?

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Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
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In brief: Usually

These two forms of arthritis often damage the bone in different ways.

In brief: Usually

These two forms of arthritis often damage the bone in different ways.
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
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Dr. Michael Laccheo
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology

In brief: Sometimes

Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis have different findings on x-rays.
However, x-rays can be normal. Also it is possible to have both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Therefore, while x-rays are helpful, they cannot completely exclude one disease or the other by themselves and are used in combination with a history, exam and review of risk factors.

In brief: Sometimes

Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis have different findings on x-rays.
However, x-rays can be normal. Also it is possible to have both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Therefore, while x-rays are helpful, they cannot completely exclude one disease or the other by themselves and are used in combination with a history, exam and review of risk factors.
Dr. Michael Laccheo
Dr. Michael Laccheo
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