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Arthritis and Rheumatism

Two types of arthritis

07/02/2007

Question:

I have RA and OA and I am 34 years old. Does having one type of arthritis make you more seceptical to other types of arthritis?

Answer:

Joints damaged by Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) are predisposed to degenerative changes that result in Osteoarthritis (OA). However, having OA does not predispose you to developing RA.

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Response by:

Raymond  Hong, MD, MBA, FACR Raymond Hong, MD, MBA, FACR
Formerly, Assistant Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University