Rheumatoid arthritis is known as chronic progressive arthritis and is a condition characterized by the appearance of a chronic inflammatory infiltrate in the joint synovial. Affects multiple joints - where polyarthritis name. Arthritis is more common in women (2-3 times), is most common between 30 and 40. The prevalence of the disease is located between 0, 3 and 2%.
Clinical manifestation There are certain triggers - stress, cold, trauma, various treatments. Disease usually begins at a joint level, and then spreads to others. The first symptoms appear on your joints, followed by general symptoms: - Increase volume of joint - Fatigue - Weight loss - Joint stiffness - Joint pain - Myalgia
Installation is progressive, sometimes lasting several years. Arthritis is symmetrical - important feature in rheumatoid arthritis. Also, arthritis does not affect distal interphalangeal joint. Especially are affected joints that have high synovial or mechanical stress. Thus, occur more frequently in the knee, hand joints and leg joints. Arthritis can affect, however, any diarthrodial joint. After a certain time of evolution is found destruction of cartilage, bone damage, inflammation of the capsule and tendons that causes osteoarticular deformities.
Hallmark of the hands is impaired proximal interphalangeal joint - this damage is constant after a year of evolution. Joint damage causes fusiform appearance of the joint. Affected joints cause a characteristic appearance, with ulnar deviation of fingers. Distal interphalangeal joints are affected - in most cases.
Elbow synovitis is common. During the evolution of erosion damage can occur to the cartilage. At the foot are affected metatarsophalangeal joints especially. These lesions cause joint deformities, erosions of cartilage, with impaired driving. Knees are commonly affected, but cartilage and bone erosions are more delayed and less intense. Impaired balance is not as frequent - is manifested by weight in walking. Affecting the spine is rare - when there is mostly affected cervical segment. Can occur even temporomandibular joint damage - which is common but rarely cause eating disorders. In the skin may appear that rheumatoid subcutaneous nodules that can occur in approximately one quarter of patients. Mostly occur on the surfaces of the extension - elbow, sacred, or the scholarship serous or tendons. Rheumatoid nodules may persist for a long time and may heal spontaneously.
Cardiovascular events – clinically occur very rarely but are very common in pathologic examination. Approximately 40% of patients present increased fluid in pathological examination of pericardial cavity, which has the character of exudates. Valvular damage is present mainly in the aortic valve - aortic insufficiency. Coronary damage through vasculitis is very rare but can cause heart disease and myocardial infarction. Inflammatory processes that occur in peripheral arteries can cause obliteran damage. Impaired mesenteric artery system can lead to intestinal perforation.
Lung damage - is therefore the consequence of immune infiltrates. When effusion is present, it has the character of exudates. The presence of rheumatoid nodule at subpleural level in rare cases can cause pneumothorax by breaking it. Rheumatoid arthritis is associated with diffuse interstitial pulmonary fibrosis and obstructive airway disease with a higher frequency than the general population.
Eye damage - occurs more frequently in women. Ocular damage consists of iritis, iridocyclitis, and scleritis or scleromalacia perforans. Scleromalacia perforans is therefore the occurrence of nodular infiltrates in the superior scleral region; infiltrates are surrounded by an area of deep vein scleral hyperemia.
Neurological manifestations - are the consequence of vasculitis in blood vessels that provide trophicity nerves. Neurological manifestations consist in the emergence of paresthesia, paralysis, reducing or abolishing tendon reflexes. Sometimes the inflammatory infiltrate may cause compression of some nerves - such as compression of the median nerve in the carpal tunnel. Rarely, rheumatoid arthritis can cause damage to the meninges. When it occurs, it is therefore the consequence of vasculitic or infiltrative processes.
Amyloidosis - is a common complication that consists in an abnormal tissue deposition in the kidney - most times.
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