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​​​​​​​Types of Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Types of rheumatoid arthritis

There are several different types of RA. Knowing which type you have may help your doctor provide the best type of treatment for you. Types of RA include:

Seropositive RA: If you have seropositive RA, you have a positive rheumatoid factor blood test result. This means you have the antibodies that cause your immune system to attack your joints.

Seronegative RA: If you have a negative rheumatoid factor blood test result and a negative anti-CCP blood test result, but you still have RA symptoms, you may have seronegative RA. You may eventually develop antibodies, changing your diagnosis to seropositive RA.

JIA (juvenile idiopathic arthritis): Juvenile idiopathic arthritis refers to RA in people younger than 17 years of age. The condition was previously known as JRA (juvenile rheumatoid arthritis). The symptoms are the same as those of other types of RA, but they may also include eye inflammation and issues with physical development.

Seropositive rheumatoid arthritis

Seropositive RA is the most common type of RA. This type of arthritis may run in families. Seropositive RA may come with more severe symptoms than seronegative RA. Presenting symptoms of seropositive RA can include:

morning stiffness which lasts 30 minutes or longer
swelling and pain in multiple joints
swelling and pain in symmetrical joints
rheumatoid nodules
fever
fatigue
weight loss

RA isn’t always confined to the joints and some people with seropositive RA can experience inflammation in the eyes, salivary glands, nerves, kidneys, lungs, heart, skin, and blood vessels.

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