Tropical Disease Could Be Misdiagnosed As Rheumatoid Arthritis

Posted On : February 23, 2015,   Time : 8:14 am

Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine have warned that an infection of the South American tropical disease Chikungunya could be misdiagnosed as rheumatoid arthritis.

Both Chikungunya and rheumatoid arthritis share some similar symptoms, but they manifest in different ways. “On physical exams, both conditions can have swelling of and ar140924_MEDEX_SadDoctor.jpg.CROP.promovar-mediumlargeound the joints. However, the Chikungunya virus tends to affect more large joints, such as the knee, as opposed to (rheumatoid arthritis), which more commonly affects the joints of the hands and feet initially,” said Adam Dore, M.D., a rheumatologist with the Allegheny Health Network in Pennsylvania. The symptoms of Chikungunya also tend to develop very quickly, in a day or two, while rheumatoid arthritis symptoms often take months to develop.

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