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What Is Lupus? Defining an Immune System Disorder

What Is Lupus? Defining an Immune System Disorder

You’ve likely heard of the condition, but what is lupus? Simply put, it’s a group of autoimmune diseases in which the immune system attacks healthy cells in the body. In the United States, lupus affects one in 2,000 people.

Lupus can affect multiple systems of the body, including the joints, kidneys,

5. Other Types of Arthritis

There are more than 100 types of arthritis. The two most common causes of chronic disabling arthritis are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and each has its own chapter in this report. In this chapter, we look at other common types of arthritis: gout, pseudogout, psoriatic arthritis, reactive arthritis

2. Diagnosing Joint Pain

There are more than 100 types of arthritis, so when it comes to diagnosis the first challenge is to determine the cause of the inflammation. The second challenge is to evaluate the extent of tissue involvement and level of disease. For example, is there an acute and self-limiting inflammation of

5. Other Types of Arthritis

There are more than 100 types of arthritis. The two most common causes of chronic disabling arthritis are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and each has its own chapter in this report. In this chapter we review the next-most-common types of arthritis: gout, pseudogout, psoriatic arthritis, reactive arthritis, septic

4. Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease involving joints and other organs in the body. It is a cause of chronic pain, joint deformity, and significant disability affecting about 1.5 million Americans and 1 percent of the population worldwide. Women are affected three times more often than men,

2. The Diagnostic Evaluation of Joint Pain

When it comes to managing arthritis, one size does not fit all. There are more than 100 types of arthritis: So the first challenge is to determine the cause of the inflammation. There is no definitive test for any of the common causes, so diagnosis relies on the detective skills

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