Kinds of Arthritis

Majid Ali, M.D.

Absence of Disease Is Not Presence of Health – Part Five


 

When I was a young pathologist, I knew of 23 different types of arthritis. Now I know of only three: 1) the arthritis of oxidative injury caused by wear and tear, 2) arthritis of oxidative injury caused by food and environmental triggers, and 3) arthritis of oxidative injury caused by microbes.
The rheumatology texts include descriptions of many types of arthritis of the young. We have rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile arthritis, migratory arthritis, arthritis of lupus, arthritis of Sjogrens’ disease, arthritis of immune complex disease and Reiter’s arthritis. What do I see with my microscope when I examine slides of joint tissues injured by arthritis? I see inflammatory cells and repair cells, and damaged synovium and cartilage that line the joint spaces. But what are the energetic-molecular events that cause rheumatoid arthritis? The answer is we do not know. What are such events in juvenile arthritis? The answer is we do not know. The answer is the same regarding the initial events in all other types of arthritis.

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