Also known as Swollen Joint
Joint swelling is encountered rarely on Symcat. We will add more content to this page if enough people like you show interest.
The most common causes of joint swelling are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and strep throat. Other possible causes, such as joint effusion, are more rare.
Within all the people who go to their doctor with joint swelling, 71% report having joint pain, 41% report having muscle stiffness or tightness, and 41% report having skin rash.
Patients with joint swelling often receive hematologic tests, complete blood count, electrolytes panel, glucose measurement, kidney function tests, other diagnostic procedures (interview; evaluation; consultation), other therapeutic procedures and blood culture .
The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with joint swelling include folic acid, methotrexate, chlorpheniramine / pseudoephedrine, amantadine, rituximab, donepezil (aricept), flumazenil, diclofenac, oxcarbazepine (trileptal), methocarbamol, valacyclovir (valtrex), eszopiclone (lunesta) and acetaminophen / tramadol .
Groups of people at highest risk for joint swelling include age 30-44 years, race/ethnicity = black and age 45-59 years. On the other hand, race/ethnicity = hispanic and age < 1 years almost never get joint swelling.