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Arthritis and Rheumatism

Arthritis

09/24/2007

Question:

What is the difference between arthritis and rheumatism?

Answer:

From the NetWellness Arthritis and Rheumatism Overview:

What the Term "Arthritis" Actually Means

One possible reason is that many of the rheumatic diseases are associated with joint pain, even if the primary disease is not an arthritis. However, the word arthritis literally means joint inflammation. The many different kinds of arthritis comprise just a portion of the rheumatic diseases. Some rheumatic diseases are described as connective tissue diseases because they affect the supporting framework of the body and its internal organs. Others are known as autoimmune diseases because they occur when the immune system, which normally protects the body from infection and disease, harms the body's own healthy tissues. Whereas clinically, arthritis and rheumatic disease are not necessarily the same entity, throughout this fact sheet the terms "arthritis" and "rheumatic diseases" are sometimes used interchangeably.

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