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Rheumatoid Arthritis in Overlap

Author: Shelley Ensz. Scleroderma is highly variable. See Types of Scleroderma. Read Disclaimer

Orchids abstract painting by Janet PaulmennRheumatoid Arthritis in overlap is when RA is found with other autoimmune diseases or chronic illness.

RA is often found in overlap with other connective tissue diseases such as scleroderma, lupus, and polymyositis/dermatomyositis. It can also be found with other diseases such as thyroiditis, fibromyalgia, and sjogren's. (Also see What is Scleroderma?, Lupus, Dermatomyositis/Polymyositis, Thyroid Diseases, Fibromyalgia, Sjogren's, and Overlap Syndromes/MCTD/UCTD)

The effect on treatment response of fibromyalgic (FRA) symptoms in early rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients: results from the ESPOIR cohort. Patients with FRA and RA will have a similar response to treatment, but may miss the target of remission or low disease activity. PubMed, Rheumatology (Oxford), 07/17/2015. (Also see Treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis)

Salivary Gland Ultrasonography (US) as a Diagnostic Tool for Secondary Sjögren Syndrome (sSS) in Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). Salivary gland US may aid the diagnosis of sSS in patients with RA. PubMed, J Rheumatol, 05/01/2015. (Also see Diagnosis of Sjögrens)

Diabetes mellitus (DM) risk factors in rheumatoid arthritis (RA): a systematic review and meta-analysis. RA is associated with increased risk of DM, including T1DM and T2DM. PubMed, Clin Exp Rheumatol, 2014 Dec 22. (Also see Symptoms and Complications of Diabetes)

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