of the joints characterized by impairment of muscles, tendons and cartilage.
At times the hearing and blood vessels are affected.
It is three times more
in women than in men, aged between 20 and 60 years, with
higher incidence of between 35 and 45 years.
probably of autoimmune
Signs and symptoms.
The most characteristic symptoms are:
Redness, pain, heat and deformation and hardening of any of the joints of the hands, hips, elbows, feet or knees, so symmetrical and starting with the small joints of the hands.
stiffness of the joints, which is giving way with
Appearance of nodules under the skin and deformities in the joints.
and other autoimmune
Women between 20 - 50 years.
There are no concrete measures, to the
cause is unknown.
Diagnosis and Treatment.
Arthroscopy with biopsies, in exceptional cases.
Gloves night to save heat.
Treat pain with dry heat or wet.
table over the slatted
supports Flap or "bodyguard")
Forced physical exercise, except when there are tenths of fever, then rest until it falls.
Physical therapy can help improve the overall condition.
Sleeping 10 - 12 hours and not get tired too.
Non - steroidal anti - inflammatory drugs, aspirin and other salicylates, gold salts and immunosuppressants, provided by prescription and under tight control optional, for the side effects of such drugs.
The cortisone is effective in short periods, to relieve pain,
produces no major side effects and prevents the
of the joints.
Permanent deformities in limbs.
can be mild or severe.
It is incurable,
the decrease in pain and the prevention of disabilities may be possible with an early diagnosis and proper treatment.
75% of patients treated in
very considerable improvement. 5 - 10% does not do so in spite of it.