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Rheumatoid Arthritis

– it is a chronic systemic inflammatory disease, which leads to the destruction of connective tissues and synovial membrane within the joints.

Assessment:

  • Fatigue
  • Malaise
  • Anorexia
  • Weight Loss

As the disease progresses, assesss for more specific localized joint symptoms

  • bilateral, symmetrical symptoms
  • may extend to the wrists, elbows, knees and ankles
  • warm, tender edamatous, painfull joints w/ stiffness
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