Faculty Articles

Title

Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Brief Overview of the Treatment

Publication Title

Medical principles and practice : international journal of the Kuwait University, Health Science Centre

Volume

27

Issue

6

Publication Date / Copyright Date

1-1-2018

First Page

501

Last Page

507

Abstract

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic, inflammatory, systemic autoimmune disease, affecting the joints with varying severity among patients. The risk factors include age, gender, genetics, and environmental exposure (cigarette smoking, air pollutants, and occupational). Many complications can follow, such as permanent joint damage requiring arthroplasty, rheumatoid vasculitis, and Felty syndrome requiring splenectomy if it remains unaddressed. As there is no cure for RA, the treatment goals are to reduce the pain and stop/slow further damage. Here, we present a brief summary of various past and present treatment modalities to address the complications associated with RA.

Disciplines

Medicine and Health Sciences | Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Keywords

Adrenal Cortex Hormones, Analgesics, Opioid, Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal, Antibodies, Monoclonal, Humanized, Antirheumatic Agents, Arthritis, Rheumatoid, Humans, Immunosuppressive Agents, Interleukin 1 Receptor Antagonist Protein, Leflunomide, Physical Therapy Modalities, Risk Factors, Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha

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