The 'side effects' of rheumatoid arthritis: joint destruction, disability and early mortality.


Most patients with RA experience disease progression over periods longer than 5 years, characterized by radiographic joint destruction, declines in functional capacity to perform activities of daily living, frequent work disability, high levels of co-morbidities, and death earlier than expected. These long-term consequences of RA may be viewed as 'side… (More)


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