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What is the outlook for palindromic rheumatism?

Palindromic rheumatism varies a great deal from person to person so it's impossible to predict what to expect. In the longer term:

  • about 10–15% of people find their symptoms completely disappear
  • 30–50% have only occasional attacks.
  • 30–40% have greater problems.

Some people who fall into this final group may later develop rheumatoid arthritis. This is particularly likely in people whose blood tests show rheumatoid factor or anti-CCP, which are positive in rheumatoid arthritis. It's very important to note, however, that not everyone with palindromic rheumatism who is positive for these antibodies will develop rheumatoid arthritis.

Very rarely, a small number of people develop lupus. This is more likely in people whose blood tests show anti-nuclear antibodies, which are present in lupus.

Attacks of palindromic rheumatism don’t damage your joints, but damage may occur in people who go on to develop rheumatoid arthritis.


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