Diagnosis begins with examining symptoms, medical history, and then moves on to blood tests. If the symptoms are consistent with RA and test results reveal a certain amount of antibodies and inflammation, testing may move on to imaging scans.
RA is currently regarded as incurable. The goal of therapy with RA is to begin early medical treatment to achieve disease remission or the lowest disease activity possible. Some patients symptoms taper off to a very manageable state.
Women, smokers, and those with a family history of the disease are most often affected by Rheumatoid Arthritis, an autoimmune inflammatory arthritis.
Medicines made to treat RA are called antirheumatic drugs. Typically in early stages only one is used, but additional disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs or biologic agents may be added if the disease persists.
Comorbid conditions, such as Hepatitis B or C or tuberculosis infectinos must be noted and as disease treatments must be modified for such factors.