RA's Impact Goes Beyond Joints:

You already know that rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a disease that affects your joints, causing pain, inflammation, and loss of function. Unfortunately, its impact doesn't always end there. Here's a look at how the condition can affect several different parts of your anatomy.

Medically Reviewed By: Williams, Robert, MD | Last Review Date: Jan 1, 2012

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