Healthy Joint Vs. Damaged Joint

Picture of a healthy joint compared to a damaged joint

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In rheumatoid arthritis, the joint lining (synovium) fills with immune cells, blood vessels, and other cells. This material grows until it erodes through the cartilage and surrounding bone as it expands. It also loosens ligaments and tendon attachments.

ByHealthwise Staff

Primary Medical Reviewer Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine

Specialist Medical Reviewer Nancy Ann Shadick, MD, MPH - Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

Current as ofAugust 21, 2015

Current as of: August 21, 2015

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Nancy Ann Shadick, MD, MPH - Internal Medicine, Rheumatology