Peripheral Edema In Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients
Intermittent ankle swelling in rheumatoid arthritis is common and most likely occurs as a result of active inflammatory synovitis. Rheumatoid arthritis vasculitis (inflammation of blood vessels) with peripheral neuropathy (damage to the peripheral nerves) is also a consideration. Swelling of the ankle and calf may represent phlebitis (inflammation of a vein) or blockage of the lymphatic system (lymphedema), torn calf muscle with bleed, as well as other general medical conditions i.e. heart failure and kidney disease.
Editor note: Since edema can be a symptom of many serious medical problems, it is important to be evaluated by your doctor to determine the cause.
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Source: Answer provided by the late Dr. Raymond Federman, aka Dr. Bones, who passed away on September 2, 2003. The care of his patients even in retirement was always his joy.