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what is RA

systemic autoimmune disorder; inflammatory synovitis; erode and destroys articular cartilage

who is most affected

middle aged women

what joints are affected

hands, wrists, feet, ankles, bilaterally

how long must symptoms be going on

6 weeks

what are MC symptoms

pain in morning, stiffness, swelling, systemic signs

what factor is + in RA

serum rheumatoid factor

what are common joint defomities in RA

bunions, hammer toes, ulnar driftic of carpi and MCPs, swan neck, boutonniere, carpal tunnel

varus =

bow legged

valgus =

knock kneed

what is episcleritits

anterior chamber of eye

what is systemic invovlement in RA

episcleritis, pulmonary interstitial disease, vascultis, dry eyes, pericarditis

where are rheumatoid nodules seen

extensor surface of arms

what factor is present but not specific for RA

rheumatoid factor

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