How is degenerative joint disease (DJD) differentiated from rheumatoid arthritis (RA)?

Updated: Feb 07, 2020
  • Author: Howard R Smith, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Degenerative joint disease (DJD) is not associated with constitutional manifestations; in contrast to the morning stiffness of RA, the joint pain from DJD is characteristically relieved by rest. Signs of articular inflammation prominent in RA are usually minimal in DJD, and in contrast to RA, osteoarthritis spares the wrist and the MCP joints.

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