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What joints are affected by Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)?
Eric Matteson, MD
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Date Added: 06/26/13

Rheumatoid Arthritis typically affects the small joints of the hands and feet. And, almost everyone who has rheumatoid arthritis has involvement of the small joints of the hands and feet. Rheumatoid Arthritis typically may also affect larger joints, such as, the knees, hips, shoulders, and elbows.
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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