Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Hans Georg Fassbender


Rheumatoid arthritis is by definition an inflammatory disease. There are reasons why the term is no longer sufficiently comprehensive:
  1. 1.

    Arthritis is but one, although a very significant one, of the manifestations of a systemic disorder:

  2. 2.

    We consider that two basic different mechanisms are involved in rheumatoid arthritis: a) inflammatory process with exudate and cell proliferation, b) a primary necrosis of tissue which appears to be independent of inflammation.



Rheumatoid Arthritis Articular Cartilage Synovial Membrane Rheumatoid Factor Migration Inhibition Factor 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hans Georg Fassbender
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  1. 1.Zentrums für Rheuma-PathologieUniversität MainzMainzFR Germany

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