Fast Five Quiz: Do You Know Enough About Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Herbert S. Diamond, MD


December 05, 2019

Rheumatoid arthritis most commonly affects the MCP and PIP joints. Among the other choices listed, in decreasing frequency, rheumatoid arthritis affects the wrist (radiocarpal, ulnocarpal, and distal radioulnar joints), MTP, and TMJ. While involvement of the MCP, PIP, wrist, and MTP joints are common in the early disease, rheumatoid arthritis typically affects the TMJ later in the disease course.

In addition to the aforementioned joints, rheumatoid arthritis can also affect the shoulder, ankle, cervical spine, hip, and elbow.

Signs and symptoms of joint involvement associated with rheumatoid arthritis include the following:

  • Stiffness

  • Tenderness

  • Pain on motion

  • Swelling

  • Deformity

  • Limitation of motion

  • Rheumatoid nodules

For more on the presentation of rheumatoid arthritis, read here.



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