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Rheumatoid arthritis 

Rheumatoid arthritis
Chapter:
Rheumatoid arthritis
Author(s):

Gavin Clunie

, Nick Wilkinson

, Elena Nikiphorou

, and Deepak R. Jadon

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198728252.003.0005
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date: 20 April 2021

This chapter describes the presenting features, clinical manifestations, and management of rheumatoid arthritis. Commonly used investigations, their indication and interpretation, as well as the holistic treatment of rheumatoid arthritis are outlined. A summary of the commonly used drugs for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, their mechanism of action, and key points for starting and monitoring their use is included. Special circumstances including the management of rheumatoid arthritis in pregnancy, surgery, vaccinations, and during infections are also discussed.

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