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What organs are affected by RA? Systemic Disease
Eric Matteson, MD
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Date Added: 06/26/13

We think of rheumatoid arthritis as being a joint disease, but the inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis actually is systemic. That means that there is inflammation throughout the whole body. Sometimes the inflammation can affect other organs such as the eyes or the lung or even the blood vessels. ...
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Eric L. Matteson, MD, is chair for the Division of Rheumatology in the Department of Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic. He has a joint appointment in the Division of Epidemiology in the Department of Health Sciences Research. Dr. Matteson received the MD degree from Friedrich-Alexander University at Erlangen-Nuremberg. He completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Michigan State University and a fellowship at the University of Michigan. He further completed a fellowship at Mayo Graduate School of Medicine and received the M.P.H. degree in Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. As a clinician and an epidemiologist, Dr. Matteson is focused on studying rheumatoid arthritis, including clinical features, complications, outcomes, and treatments.
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