Rheumatoid arthritis is a progressive autoimmune disease. Timely and effective treatments are necessary to provide for an enhanced quality of life.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disease with autoimmune features marked by inflammation of the synovium of the joints causing destruction of connective tissue, cartilage, and bone. Chronic pain, disability, and a mortality rate above the general population require early diagnosis and aggressive treatment. Affecting mostly women between 40 and 60 years and those of Native American and Northern European descent, rheumatoid arthritis can affect the very young as well as the very old of both sexes and diverse ethnic origin.