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Healthy joint vs. damaged joint

Healthy joint compared to damaged joint

In some types of inflammatory arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis, the body's immune system attacks the joint lining (synovium). This causes inflammation. Over time this inflammation can damage the cartilage and bone. It can also loosen ligaments and tendon attachments.

Current as of: December 9, 2019

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Nancy Ann Shadick, MD, MPH - Rheumatology
Robert B. Keller, MD - Orthopedics

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