(HealthDay News) -- Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic autoimmune
disease that can trigger inflammation in the joints and nearby
tissue throughout the body.
But joint pain and destruction aren't the only potential
complications, the National Center for Biotechnology Information
says. The disease also can result in:
- Anemia, if the bone marrow can't produce sufficient amounts of
red blood cells.
- Lung tissue damage (rheumatoid lung).
- Spinal cord damage, due to instability of bones in the
- Inflamed blood vessels (rheumatoid vasculitis), which may lead
to problems affecting the skin, nerves, heart and brain.
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