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What is rheumatoid arthritis of the hip?

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease, a condition where the immune system attacks the patient's own body. Although RA is most commonly associated with joints of the hands and wrists, it can also affect larger joints, such as the hips, knees and shoulders. Like RA in other locations, hip RA can cause symptoms such as severe pain, stiffness and swelling, as well as fatigue, loss of appetite and fever. With RA of the hip, a patient may also feel discomfort and stiffness in the thigh, lower back and groin.

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