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Osteoarthritis and related disorders 

Osteoarthritis and related disorders
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Osteoarthritis and related disorders
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10.1093/med/9780199229994.003.0012
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date: 31 May 2020

Osteoarthritis 372

Osteoarthritis-related disorders 380

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a mechanically driven, but biochemically-mediated disease of synovial joints.

In clinical practice, as in epidemiologic studies, OA is diagnosed where there is joint pain, together with characteristic radiographic changes, in the absence of an alternative cause. Surprisingly, one of the most useful definitions of OA is to be found on Wikipedia:...

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