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Inflammation of the joint with no cure. The goal is to prevent crippling deformities
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Chdronic, systemic disease primarily of joints
Pathophysiology of Rheumatoid Arthritis
changes are irreversable. Inflammation of synovial membrane
vascular congestion-hyperplasia of synovial membrane
Swelling, granulation
Reduced joint movementwith calcium deposits
Atrtophy of muscles
Etiology of Rheumatoid Arthritis
unknown.-70%have rheumatoid factor III (RF)
S & S of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Muscle aches, fever, malaise.
Inflamed, joints
stiffening in the morning.
Nursing Care of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Balance rest and activity.
Maintain mobility.
Control pain:
Meds; sas, ibuprofen,cox-2 inhibitors,steroids.