What Is Palindromic Rheumatism?

Palindromic Rheumatism
Palindromic rheumatism gets its name from the word “palindromic,” which means to come again.  In rheumatism it tells you that this joint condition begins and ends and then comes again.
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.
Healthline has a good slide show about Palindromic Rheumatism


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