Acute polyarthritis

Kathryn Dao, John J. Cush

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Arthritis is the most common cause of disability. Hence, prompt recognition and management of acute-onset polyarthritis are paramount to prevent progressive damage. When rheumatoid arthritis is considered as a prototypical example of polyarthritis, the stakes of early and accurate evaluation are evident. The challenge is in determining when undifferentiated polyarthritis ends and rheumatoid arthritis begins. This chapter reviews the evidence to help clinicians identify and manage patients who present with acute polyarticular inflammation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)653-672
Number of pages20
JournalBest Practice and Research: Clinical Rheumatology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • crystalline arthritis
  • cyclic-citrullinated peptide
  • gout
  • inflammation
  • osteoarthritis
  • polyarthritis
  • radiographs
  • remission
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • serologies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology


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