Scope and Distribution of the RA Problem

  • Alan Ebringer


Rheumatoid arthritis is a multi-system disorder characterised by chronic destructive synovitis attacking initially the small joints of the hands and feet but eventually producing generalised severe morbidity and an increased mortality.

There are over 20 million people in the world who suffer from this incapacitating disease, but the number of affected individuals may be higher if early stages or ‘formes frustes’ are included.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan Ebringer
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  1. 1.King’s College London Division of Life SciencesUCH School of MedicineLondonUK

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