Chronic systemic inflammatory disorder that attacks the joints:
Nonsuppurative, proliferative synovitis
Destruction of the articular cartilage
Ankylosis of the joint
Involvement of knee ...
Generalized musculoskeletal pain
After weeks to months, patients develop swollen, warm, painful joints.
Often worse in morning
Joint involvement usually symmet...
Manage airway with attention to C-spine immobilization during intubation.
Patients with severe or life-threatening presentations of RA and its complications should be admitted to hospital.
Admission is warranted when diagnosis is unclea...
Recognize that symmetric arthritis is more consistent with RA.
Even patients with RA can get septic arthritis.
Consult rheumatologist rather than initiate steroids or TNF antagonists...
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M06.9 Rheumatoid arthritis, unspecified
M06.049 Rheumatoid arthritis without rheumatoid factor, unsp hand
M06.079 Rheumatoid arthritis w/o rheumatoid factor, un...
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