DEPT. OF CLINICAL RADIOLOGY, SALISBURY DISTRICT HOSPITAL / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DEPT. OF CLINICAL RADIOLOGY, SALISBURY DISTRICT HOSPITAL / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Rheumatoid arthritis. Coloured X-ray of both hands showing destruction of the finger joints due to rheumatoid arthritis. The joints at the base of the fingers are particularly affected. Rheumatoid arthritis is a severe type of inflammatory joint disease in which the body's immune system turns against itself (autoimmune disease) and damages joints and surrounding soft tissues. The joints affected become extremely painful and progressively deformed. Treatment is based on drugs (non- steroidal & steroidal anti- inflammatory agents) or joint replacement in the most severe cases.
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