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What causes rheumatoid arthritis?


What causes rheumatoid arthritis?

Although no one knows exactly what causes rheumatoid arthritis (RA), experts believe that the disease may be the result of a combination of RA risk factors, including:

  • Genetics: Certain inherited genes may make you more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis
  • Environment: RA may be triggered by an infectious agent such as a bacteria or virus in an individual genetically predisposed
  • Other factors: It is also thought that female hormones and the body’s response to stressful events may play a role

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Who's at risk for rheumatoid arthritis?

  • Onset usually occurs in people between the ages of 30 and 50 years old, though RA can occur at virtually any age
  • Approximately 70% of people with RA are women
  • RA often goes into remission in pregnancy; however, symptoms return in most patients after the child is born

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