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Arthritis

    Inflammation of a joint, usually accompanied by pain, swelling, and stiffness, and resulting from infection, trauma, degenerative changes, metabolic disturbances, or other causes. Arthritis occurs in various forms, such as the arthritis associated with infections, osteoarthritis, or rheumatoid arthritis. Many forms of vasculitis can also be associated with arthritis.

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Inflammation
A reaction to an injury to the body - by infection, chemicals or physical agents. The symptoms can be - depending on the location of the injury- redness, swelling, heat and pain. The purpose of the inflammation is to dilute and destroy the agent causing the inflammation. To do this, the immune system starts a cascade of actions that causes active cells to gather at the affected location. It is these cells and fluids that cause the redness, swelling, heat and pain.

Joint
Where the ends of two or more bones meet.

Pain
An unpleasant sensory or emotional experience primarily associated with tissue damage, or described in terms of tissue damage, or both.

Infection


Trauma
Injury caused by external force, chemical, temperature extremes, or poor tooth alignment.

Arthritis
Inflammation of a joint, usually accompanied by pain, swelling, and stiffness, and resulting from infection, trauma, degenerative changes, metabolic disturbances, or other causes. Arthritis occurs in various forms, such as the arthritis associated with infections, osteoarthritis, or rheumatoid arthritis. Many forms of vasculitis can also be associated with arthritis.

Forms
A management function in which standards and guidelines are developed for the developing, maintaining, and handling of forms and records.

Osteoarthritis
Degenerative disorder of joints, most often from disease in the spine and in the weight bearing joints (knees and hips). Normally seen with aging, but can occur prematurely due to various reasons, for instance after an injury to a joint. Also known as degenerative joint disease, it can cause joint pain, loss of function, reduced joint motion, and deformity.

Vasculitis
Inflammation throughout the body of the blood vessels.



SIMILAR TERMS
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Arthr-
See: Arthro-.

Arthralgia
Joint pain. There may not be any outward evidence of a joint abnormality.

Arthritides
The plural of 'arthritis'.

Arthritis in children
Arthritis in children, usually in the form in the form of juvenile arthritis (also called pediatric arthritis) or rheumatoid arthritis.

Arthritis mutilans
An extremely destructive form of arthritis. The term is usually applied to a very severe form of psoriatic arthritis.

Arthritis treatment
A particular set of medical interventions and actions aimed at treating arthritis.

Arthritis, degenerative
A type of arthritis caused by inflammation, breakdown, and eventual loss of the cartilage of the joints. Also called osteoarthritis.

Arthritis, gout
"Joint inflammation caused by uric acid crystal deposits in the joint space. An attack is usually extremely painful. The uric acid crystals are deposited in the joint fluid (synovial fluid) and joint lining (synovial lining). Intense joint inflammation occurs as white blood cells engulf the uric acid crystals, causing pain, heat, and redness of the joint tissues. The term ""gout"" commonly is used to refer to these painful arthritis attacks but gouty arthritis is only one manifestation of gout."

Arthritis, Lyme
Inflammation of the joints associated with Lyme disease, a bacterial disease spread by ticks.

Arthritis, psoriatic
Joint inflammation associated with psoriasis.

Arthritis, quackery
"Like many people with chronic ailments, sufferers from arthritis are potentially vulnerable to proponents of ""cure-all"" treatments which are promoted as having great benefits, but in reality have no right to such claims."

Arthritis, Reiter
The combination of inflammation of the joints (arthritis), eyes (conjunctivitis), and GU (genitourinary) and/or GI (gastrointestinal) systems

Arthritis, rheumatoid
Autoimmune disease that is characterized by chronic inflammation of the joints and can cause inflammation of tissues in other areas of the body (such as the lungs, heart, and eyes).

Arthritis, spondylitis
A form of arthritis causing chronic inflammation of the spine.

Arthro-
A prefix meaning joint, as in arthropathy and arthroscopic. Before a vowel, it becomes arthr-, as in arthralgia and arthritis. From the Greek word arthron for joint. Ultimately from an Indo-European root meaning to join or to fit together.

Arthrocentesis
Needle puncture of a joint.

Arthrodeses
The surgical fixation of a joint by a procedure designed to accomplish fusion of the joint surfaces by promoting the proliferation of bone cells.

Arthrodesis
Procedure to fuse a joint.

Arthrogryposis
Joint contractures that develop before birth (prenatally) and are evident at birth (congenitally). A newborn with arthrogryposis lacks the normal range of motion in one or more joints.

Arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC)
A disorder that develops before birth (prenatal), is present at birth (congenital), and is characterized by reduced mobility of many (multiple) joints. In AMC the range of motion of the joints in the arms and legs is usually limited or fixed. Joints affected may include the shoulders, elbows, wrists and fingers and the hips, knees, ankles, and feet -- virtually any and all joints.

Arthrolith
A calculous deposit within a joint.

Arthropathy
Joint disorder - can be arthritis or any other kind of joint problem.

Arthroplasty
Procedure to alter a joint - it may refer to excision or replacement.

Arthroscope
A thin flexible fiberoptic scope which is introduced into a joint space through a small incision in order to carry out diagnostic and treatment procedures within the joint. An arthroscope is about the diameter of a drinking straw. It is fitted with a miniature camera, a light source and precision tools at the end of flexible tubes. An arthroscope can be used not only for diagnostic procedures but a wide range of surgical repairs, such as debridement, or cleaning, of a joint to remove bits of torn cartilage, ligament reconstruction, and synovectomy (removal of the joint lining). All are done without a major, invasive operation, and, since arthroscopy requires only tiny incisions, many procedures can be done on an outpatient basis with local anesthetic.

Arthroscopic
"Refers to a surgical technique whereby a doctor inserts a tube-like instrument into a joint to inspect, diagnose and repair tissues. It is most commonly performed in patients with diseases of the knees or shoulders. The word arthroscopic is often confused with orthoscopic. Orthoscopic means having correct vision or producing it. Orthoscopic, in other words, means free from optical distortion or designed to correct distorted vision. This fits with the prefix ""ortho-"", meaning straight or erect, and with ""-scopic"" from the Greek ""skopein"", to see. Orthoscopic literally is to see straight. Knee surgery performed with a small scope is arthroscopic knee surgery, not orthoscopic knee surgery."

Arthroscopy
Inspection o the interior of a joint - usually using a fiberoptic instrument (Arthroscope).

Arthrosis
Term used to refer to osteoarthritis - has largely fallen out of favour.

Arthrotec
Arthrotec is a prescription or over-the-counter drug which is (or once was) legal in the United States and possibly in other countries. Active ingredient(s): diclofenac sodium; misoprostol.

Arthrotomy
Surgical procedure to open a joint - e.g. to drain pus from an infected joint.

Arthur R. Gould Memorial Hospital
The Arthur R. Gould Memorial Hospital is a hospital in Presque Isle, Maine, United States.



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