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Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease where inflammation (pain, heat and swelling) affects the lining of the joints and sometimes other organs of the body.

What is rheumatoid arthritis (RA)?

In rheumatoid arthritis (RA), the immune system attacks normal tissues as if they were invading pathogens, causing inflammation. The hands, feet and knees are most commonly affected, resulting in restricted movement, stiffness and pain.
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Key Statistics

2%

2%

2% of the Australian population are affected by RA

25-45

25-45

Onset of RA is usually in middle life

75%

75%

Three quarters of people with RA are female

>100

>100

There are many types of arthritis: rheumatoid, osteoarthritis and gout are the most common

Rheumatoid arthritis research at Garvan

Our researchers examine the wide range of immune responses in the body, and the processes that underpin them. We also collaborate with clinicians to find better treatments for immunological diseases.
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