What is rheumatoid arthritis?
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Rheumatoid arthritis is a kind Chronic, non-suppurative inflammation of multiple joints is a major manifestation of systemic disease. Often with small joints onset, mostly symmetry, first affect the joint synovium, and then eroded articular cartilage and bone tissue, leading to joint structure damage, joint deformity, loss of function, but also damage to heart, lung, kidney, nerves, etc. Internal organs, leading to multiple system damage, autoantibodies can be found in serum, so this disease is considered to be a systemic autoimmune disease.
The etiology of rheumatoid arthritis has not been fully elucidated. It is believed that this disease is related to genetic factors, infectious factors, sex hormone levels, and the basic secretion of glucocorticoids in the body. The prevalence of rheumatoid arthritis in China is 0.3%, which is more common in middle-aged women, and women are about three times as many as men.
Rheumatoid arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis (rheumatoid fever) are two completely different diseases. The former occurs mostly in adults, the latter mostly occurs in school-age children and adolescents; the former causes It is not clear that the latter is caused by streptococcal infection. The rheumatism that Chinese medicine says and the folks say “rheumatism” refers to many diseases with bone joints and muscle symptoms, and rheumatoid arthritis is also different. Rheumatoid arthritis is only one of them.
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