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What is palindromic rheumatism?

Palindromic rheumatism is a form of inflammatory arthritis. It's also known as palindromic arthritis. People who have it get attacks of joint pain and inflammation. These flare-ups start in one joint but may spread to others before settling down completely. The joints appear normal between attacks.

Palindromic rheumatism gets its name from the term 'palindrome'. A palindrome is a word or phrase which reads the same forwards or backwards (for example 'level' or 'madam'). A typical palindromic attack begins and ends in the same way and is at its worst point during the middle.

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