Arthritis as a Manifestation of Systemic Disease Follow-up

Updated: Oct 17, 2017
  • Author: Ritu Khurana, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Follow-up

Prognosis

In general, therapy to manage the underlying illness results in improvement or complete resolution of the joint manifestations. Acute sarcoid arthritis does not cause joint damage.

In contrast, most patients with acromegaly have had the disease for many years prior to diagnosis and are left with cartilage hypertrophy and severe degenerative joint disease. The arthritis of hemochromatosis does not improve with phlebotomy.

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Patient Education

For patient education resources, see the Arthritis Center and Muscle Disorders Center, as well as Knee Pain.

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