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Additional types of arthritis and related disorders include:
Gout - A result of a defect in body chemistry (such as uric acid in the joint fluid), this painful condition most often attacks small joints, especially the big toe. It can usually be controlled with medication and changes in diet. Learn more about gout.
Systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus) - A very serious, chronic, autoimmune disorder characterized by periodic episodes of inflammation of and damage to the joints, tendons, other connective tissues, and organs, including the heart, lungs, blood vessels, brain, kidneys, and skin. Learn more about lupus.
Scleroderma - A very serious disease of the body's connective tissue that causes thickening and hardening of the skin. Learn more about scleroderma.
Ankylosing spondylitis - A disease that affects the spine, causing the bones of the spine to grow together. Learn more about ankylosing spondylitis.
Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (jra) - A form of arthritis in children ages 16 or younger that causes inflammation and stiffness of joints for more than six weeks. Unlike adult rheumatoid arthritis, which is chronic and lasts a lifetime, children often outgrow juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. However, the disease can affect bone development in the growing child. Learn more about juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.