Arthritis of the hands, X-ray

Arthritis of the hands, X-ray

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Credit: Jean-Denis Laredo/ISM/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: X-ray of the hands of a patient with rheumatoid arthritis. The finger joints have become inflamed and swollen. Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by the immune system attacking the body's own tissues, causing progressive joint and cartilage destruction. As the cartilage is worn away, new bone grows as part of the repair process. This causes stiffness and deformity of the fingers. Treatment is with anti-inflammatory drugs and physiotherapy.

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