What are the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?
The symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis appear gradually. They include pain, swelling, stiffness and deformity of the joints. The skin overlying an affected joint can look red. Rheumatoid arthritis can affect any joint; it usually affects joints symmetrically - if one knee is affected it is likely that the other knee will also show signs of the disease. The fingers can show characteristic deformities known as swan-neck and Boutonniere deformities. Over time, the fingers can also drift outwards towards the little finger.
Author: Jonathan Meddings
First answered: 26 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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