Review Articles

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Mahmood M.T.M. Ally, Bridget Hodkinson
South African Family Practice | Vol 58, No 2 : March/April| a4446 | DOI: | ©
Submitted: 28 March 2016 | Published: 01 March 2016

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Mahmood M.T.M. Ally, Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
Bridget Hodkinson, Department of Medicine, Groote Schuur Hospital and Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

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Immune-mediated inflammatory disorders include a clinically diverse group of conditions sharing similar pathogenic mechanisms. Conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, spondyloarthropathy, inflammatory bowel disease and connective tissue diseases are characterised by immune dysregulation and chronic inflammation. This review will focus immuno-pathogenic mechanisms, aspects of early disease, co-morbidity and therapy in rheumatoid arthritis.


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