Rheumatoid Arthritis

What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Description/Overview

Rheumatoid Arthritis causes inflammation in the joints and it is considered an autoimmune disease.  This means that the tissues in the body attack the immune system, which results in the inflammation.  Typically, it is the joints and the tissue that become inflamed but other organs can become inflamed, too. When it happens to people under the age of 16 it is called juvenile idiopathic arthritis.

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Last Reviewed:
September 14, 2016
Last Updated:
February 07, 2017