What is the impact of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) on a patient’s ability to perform activities of daily living (ADLs)?

Updated: Aug 22, 2019
  • Author: Howard R Smith, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Patients with RA may report difficulty performing activities of daily living (ADLs), such as dressing, standing, walking, personal hygiene, or use of their hands. In addition to articular deterioration, constitutional symptoms (eg, fatigue, malaise, morning stiffness, weight loss, and low-grade fever) may be present.


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