What Other Medical Conditions Are Linked to Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)?

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Rheumatoid arthritis is what we refer to as a systemic autoimmune disease. Everyone knows about it because the common-most, one of the most common symptoms can be joint pain in arthritis. However, other internal organs can also be involved, such as the lungs, the heart, the blood vessels and the kidneys.

Because rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, we do see some other autoimmune diseases coexisting with rheumatoid arthritis. These diseases can include Lupus as well as Slow-Brainstem syndrome and Scleroderma. Patients who have rheumatoid arthritis, who might be complaining of some symptoms that will be concerning or suspicious for another auto-immune disease, need to be evaluated for those as well.