Palindromic rheumatism (PR) consists of sudden and rapidly developing attacks of arthritis. There is acute pain, redness and swelling of one or multiple joints.
PR is a rare type of arthritis, and is closely related to a more common condition, rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
Fast PR facts:
- Usually occurs in hands and feet.
- Joints appear normal on an X-ray when you are not experiencing pain.
- An episode of pain and swelling can be as short as a few hours.
- Lengths of a PR episode vary from person to person.
- Researchers believe it is strongly connected to RA.
- People with PR often have many of the same protein markers as people with RA.
- connection between PR and antiphospholipid syndrome. The immune symptom of a person with antiphospholipid syndrome attack the normal proteins in the body.
- PR is most often diagnosed in people between 20 and 70.
- Both men and women are affected equally.
- People with the rheumatoid factor protein are more likely to develop PR.
- Diagnosis is difficult as there is no single test that can diagnose PR.