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Common Types of Arthritis
Of more than 100 different kinds of arthritis, these
are the most common:
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the most common types in pets.
Also called degenerative arthritis. Occurs when the cushioning cartilage
in a joint breaks down. Commonly affects feet, knees, hips, and fingers.
Affects 16 million Americans, mostly 45 and older. About half of those
65 and older have this form.
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Immune system attacks the lining, or synovial membrane, of the joints.
Joint damage can become severe and deforming. Involves the whole body,
and may also cause fatigue, weight loss and anemia, and affect the
lungs, heart and eyes. Affects about 2.1 million Americans, three
times more women than men.
Causes sudden, severe attacks, usually in the big toe, but any joint
can be affected. A metabolic disorder in which uric acid builds up
in the blood and crystals form in joints and other places. Drugs and
attention to diet can control gout. Affects about 1 million Americans
(70 to 80 percent men), with first attack starting between 40 and
50 years of age. (See "Getting to Know Gout," FDA Consumer,
A chronic inflammatory disease of the spine that can result in fused
vertebrae and rigid spine. Often milder and harder to diagnose in
women. Most people with the disease also have a genetic marker known
as HLA-B27. Affects about 318,000 Americans, usually men between the
ages of 16 and 35.
The most common form is juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis diagnosis,
treatment, and disease characteristics are different in children and
adults. Some children recover completely; others remain affected throughout
their lives. Affects about 200,000 Americans.
Bone and other joint tissues become inflamed, and, like rheumatoid
arthritis, it can affect the whole body. Affects about 5 percent of
people with psoriasis, a chronic skin disease. Likely to affect fingers
or spine. Symptoms are mild in most people but can be quite severe.
Affects about 160,000 Americans.
Involves skin, joints, muscles, and sometimes internal organs. Symptoms
usually appear in women of childbearing age but can occur in anyone
at any age. Also called lupus or SLE, it can be mild or life threatening.
Affects at least 131,000 Americans, nine to ten times as many women
Arthritis can develop as a result of an infection. For example, bacteria
that cause gonorrhea or Lyme disease can cause arthritis. Infectious
arthritis can cause serious damage, but usually clears up completely
with antibiotics. Scleroderma is a systemic disease that involves
the skin, but may include problems with blood vessels, joints, and
internal organs. Fibromyalgia syndrome is a soft-tissue rheumatism
that doesn't lead to joint deformity, but affects an estimated 5 million
Americans, mostly women.
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