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Rheumatoid arthritis affecting the hand of a 45 year old woman. The hand has been left deformed by the disease. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that attacks the joints. Chronic inflammation leads to the destruction of the cartilage, bone and ligaments, which causes the joints to deform.
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