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Rheumatoid arthritis. Coloured X-ray of the hands of a patient suffering from severe rheumatoid arthritis. The fingers are abnormally bent due to misaligned joints, some of which appear partly dislocated. Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by the body's immune system attacking the tissue around joints, most often in the hands and feet. The joints become painful and inflamed, restricting movement. There is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis, although a variety of drugs may be giv- en to relieve the symptoms or check the disease's progress. Sufferers are usually affected for life and may receive physiotherapy and occupational therapy to help them live with the condition.
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