Elderly Onset Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Venkata Sri Cherukumilli
  • Arthur KavanaughEmail author


As the number of people who are over the age of 60 years is growing in the general population, the prevalence of disability from rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is also on the rise. This is an important health concern for patients, their families, and society. This review highlights various aspects of elderly onset RA (EORA), including differences from younger onset RA (EORA), diagnostic and prognostic factors, differential diagnosis, and treatment modalities. There are challenges associated with diagnosis and treatment in the early onset rheumatoid arthritis patients. Knowledge about various aspects of early onset rheumatoid arthritis and further research into better diagnostic and therapeutic methods will help diminish the affects of this disabling disease in the older population.


Elderly onset rheumatoid arthritis Younger onset rheumatoid arthritis Diagnosis Prognosis treatment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of California – San DiegoLa JollaUSA

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