Patient information - Rheumatoid arthritis
Arthritis means inflammation of joints. There are many causes of arthritis and RA is just one cause – examples of others are osteoarthritis, and gout. RA is a common form of arthritis affecting about 1 in 100 people. RA can happen to anyone. It is not an hereditary disease. It can develop at any age, but most commonly starts between the ages of 40 and 60. It is about three times more common in women than in men.
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