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What is osteoarthritis?

OA or degenerative joint disease (DJD) is a disorder characterized by progressive deterioration of the articulate cartilage.

It is non inflammatory (unless localized) no systemic disease.

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Ostephytes

Bone spurs

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What are the characteristics of OA?

Cartilage destruction with bone spur growth at joint ends;degenerative
Pain with activity that improves @ rest
Localized inflammatory response
USUALLY OVERWEIGHT
heberden's and bouchard's nodes

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What are characteristics of RA?

synovial membrane inflammation resulting in cartilage destruction and bone erosion; inflammatory.
Swelling, redness warmth, pain at rest or after immobility ( am stiffness)
All joints are affected
USUALLY UNDERWEIGHT
Lungs, heart, skin and extra- articular involved

X-rays and positive rheumatoid factor are diagnostic tests.