Is Rheumatoid Arthritis Contagious?

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Article updated and reviewed by Ariel D. Teitel, MD, MBA, Chief, Division of Rheumatology, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Manhattan. Editorial review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network on May 2, 2005.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease, primarily involving the peripheral joints (finger joints, wrists, toes and knees) and surrounding muscles, tendons, ligaments and blood vessels.

This disease is among the autoimmune disorders (an abnormal immune response to oneself which leads...

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