Is Inflammatory Arthritis the Same as Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Reviewed on 8/3/2022

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What is inflammatory arthritis?  I have just started on Plaquenil.  Is this a term used interchangeably with Rheumatoid?
Signed, DL

Doctor's response

Arthritis can be classified as either inflammatory or non-inflammatory.  Inflammatory arthritis features inflammatory white blood cells in the joint fluid.  Forms of inflammatory arthritis include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus arthritis, gout, and many others.  Forms of non-inflammatory arthritis include osteoarthritis, arthritis of thyroid disease, arthritis after injury, and many others.

In conclusion, rheumatoid arthritis is one of many forms of inflammatory arthritis.

Thank you for your question.


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