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Healthy Joint Vs. Damaged Joint

Picture of a healthy joint compared to a damaged joint

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In rheumatoid arthritis, the joint lining (synovium) fills with immune cells, blood vessels, and other cells. This material grows until it erodes through the cartilage and surrounding bone as it expands. It also loosens ligaments and tendon attachments.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Nancy Ann Shadick, MD, MPH - Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Last Revised June 5, 2012

Last Revised: June 5, 2012

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Nancy Ann Shadick, MD, MPH - Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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