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Can rheumatoid arthritis be mistaken for osteoarthritis?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner
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Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis can be mistaken for each other because both are characterized by swelling and inflammation. However, rheumatoid arthritis is different because in this condition, the body's immune system attacks the joints. This can happen suddenly and cause severe inflammation. On the other hand, osteoarthritis is caused by a breakdown of joint cartilage and tends to develop over time.

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