Flashcards in Rheumatoid Arthritis Deck (10):
What is rheumatoid arthritis?
Chronic inflammation of joints that can potentially cause deformity + systemic symptoms
What sex and age range does rheumatoid arthritis tend to affect?
Females 3:1 males
30-50 yrs old
What is the basic pathology behind rheumatoid arthritis?
Synovium becomes inflamed and invasive; inflammatory mediators eats away into articular cartilage and bone
List classic symptoms and signs of rheumatoid arthritis
Stiffness in the morning
Rheumatoid arthritis usually affects less joints than osteoarthritis. True/False?
Usually affects more joints
List investigations for rheumatoid arthritis
Anti-CCP, rheumatoid factor
List some poor prognostic indicators for rheumatoid arthritis
Many active joints
What is the "window of opportunity" of treating rheumatoid arthritis, where treating in this period can prevent irreversible damage to joints?
What is the main treatment of rheumatoid arthritis?