3/15/2009arthritis | dR.hArish rEdDyorthoarthritiscentercenter<br />Arthritis ( arthro-, joint + -itis, inflammation):<br />Arthritis is a group of conditions involving damage to the joints of the body.<br />
Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in people older than fifty-five years.
The most common form of arthritis, osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease) is a result of trauma to the joint, infection of the joint, or age.
Abnormal anatomy might contribute to the early development of osteoarthritis.
Other arthritis forms are rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis, autoimmune diseases in which the body attacks itself.
If more than 5 joints are invoved,it is known as POLYARTHRITIS.
If less than 5 joints are invoved,it is known as POSYARTHRITIS.
All arthritides feature pain,morning stiffness,swelling.
Physical examination may confirm the diagnosis.
TYPES OF ARTHRITIS:<br /> Primary forms and secondary forms.<br />
Osteoarthritis<br />Rheumatoid arthritis:it is a polyarthritis.<br />Septic arthritis : is caused by joint infection.<br />Gout : is caused by deposition of uric acid crystals in the joint, causing inflammation.<br />Juvenile idiopathic arthritis<br />Still's disease<br />Ankylosing spondylitis<br />pseudogout:Uncommon form of gout caused by the formation of rhomboid crystals of calcium pyrophosphate. This gout is known as pseudogout.<br />2)Secondary to other diseases:<br /> Lupus erythematosus<br /> Henoch-Schönlein purpura<br /> Psoriatic arthritis<br /> Reactive arthritis<br /> Haemochromatosis<br /> Hepatitis<br /> Wegener's granulomatosis (and many other vasculitis syndromes)<br /> Lyme disease<br /> Familial Mediterranean fever<br /> Hyperimmunoglobulinemia D with recurrent fever<br /> TNF receptor associated periodic syndrome<br /> Inflammatory bowel disease (Including Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis).<br />Diseases that can mimic arthritis include:<br />Hypertrophic osteoarthropathy<br />Multiple myeloma: is a cancer of plasma cells.<br />Osteoporosis<br />Fifth disease (parvovirus infection): Erythema infectiosum: The name "
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