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Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic inflammation of the joints, the tissue around the joints, as well as other organs in the body. Because it can affect multiple other organs of the body, rheumatoid arthritis is referred to as a systemic illness and is sometimes called rheumatoid disease.

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Terms related to Rheumatoid Arthritis:

  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid
  • Rheumatoid Disease