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Of more than 100 different kinds of arthritis, these are the most common types and their symptoms. See our index to the left to find information about more types of arthritis as well as over 100 other bone and inflammatory conditions. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease caused by wear and tear on a joint or joints over time or trauma to a joint. The wear and tear on joints causes wearing away of the cartilage that protects the joint.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an auto-immune disease that causes the immune system to attack the joints and various organs in the body.

 

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Occult Fracture

Complete list of fracture information

An occult fracture is one that does not show up on a standard X-ray immediately after a trauma to a bone. Many times in follow up X-rays the fracture will show up because of loss of bone around the fracture during the healing process.

Diagnosis of an Occult Fracture

Diagnosing an occult fracture can be frustrating. An occult fracture can be suspected when there are continuing symptoms of a fracture even though the initial X-rays did not show a fracture. If plain X-rays continue to be negative but clinical suspicion remains, further imaging should be pursued. Bone scan and computed tomography have been used with about equal accuracy to detect occult fractures. The most accurate diagnostic tool is the MRI because it demonstrates much more anatomy and is much more accurate.
 
 

 

 

 

   

   

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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 soft-tissue rheumatism that doesn't lead to joint deformity, but affects an estimated 5 million Americans, mostly women. The approximate number of cases in the United States of some common forms of arthritis.

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