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Rheumatoid arthritis causes

The cause of RA isn’t known. However, certain factors seem to have a role in increasing the risk of developing RA or triggering its onset. Factors that increase risk of RA include:

being a woman
having a family history of RA

Factors that may trigger onset of RA include:

exposure to certain types of bacteria, such as those associated with periodontal disease

having a history of viral infections like infection with the Epstein-Barr virus, which causes mononucleosis

trauma or injury, such as bone breakage or fracture,  dislocation of a joint, and ligament damage

smoking cigarettes

obesity

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