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What is Rheuma?

Popularly, the word ‘rheumatism’ is often used to indicate pain and stiffness in the joints and muscles, but rheumatism is much more than that.​

​Rheumatism is a collective name for about two hundred acute and chronic disorders that affect our musculoskeletal system (muscles, tendons, joints) and the associated connective tissue.​

Rheumatic diseases are systemic diseases, in other words they can manifest themselves all over the body and affect organs such as blood vessels, kidneys, liver, lungs and heart. ​There is no age indication on rheumatic diseases. Babies and young children can also develop a rheumatic disease.​ Rheumatic diseases are not yet curable. There are medicines that can slow down or even stop some diseases. However, long-term treatments are often required.​

The cause of the diseases is not yet known. Most forms of rheumatism are not hereditary, although we sometimes see a familial tendency. ​

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