Name = Arthralgia

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DiseasesDB = 15237
ICD10 = ICD10|M|25|5|m|20
ICD9 = ICD9|719.4
MedlinePlus =
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MeshID = D018771

Arthralgia (from Greek "arthro-", joint + "-algos", pain) literally means "joint pain"; cite web
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] it is a symptom of injury, infection, illnesses -- in particular arthritis-- or an allergic reaction to medication. cite web |url=
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According to MeSH, the term "arthralgia" should only be used when the condition is non-inflammatory, and the term "arthritis" should be used when the condition is inflammatory.cite web |url= |title=MeSH |accessdate=2007-12-23 |format= |work=]

Diagnosis and causes

Diagnosis involves interviewing the patient and performing physical exams. When attempting to establish the cause of the arthralgia, the emphasis is on the interview . The patient is asked questions intended to narrow the number of potential causes. Given the varied nature of these possible causes, the questions may strike the uninitiated as irrelevant. For example the patient may be asked about dry mouth, light sensitivity, rashes or a history of seizures. cite web |url=
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] Answering yes or no to any of these questions limits the number of possible causes and guides the doctor toward the appropriate exams and lab tests.

The causes of "arthralgia" are varied and range, from a joints perspective, from degenerative and destructive processes such as osteoarthritis and sports injuries to inflammation of tissues surrounding the joints, such as bursitis.cite web |url=
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] These might be triggered by other things, such as infections or vaccinations.cite web |url=
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work=supplement to your biologics license application (BLA) for Human Papillomavirus Quadrivalent (Types 6, 11, 16 and 18) Vaccine, Recombinant (GARDASIL®), to include arthralgia, myalgia, asthenia, fatigue, and malaise in the Adverse Reactions section of the package insert


Treatment depends on specific underlying cause. The underlying cause will be treated first and foremost. The treatments may include joint replacement surgery, for severely damaged joints, immunosuppressants for immune system dysfunction, antibiotics when an infection is the cause, and discontinuing medication when an allergic reaction is the cause. When treating the primary cause, pain management may still play a role in treatment. The extent of its role varies depending on the specific cause of the "arthralgia". Pain management may include stretching exercises, over the counter pain medications, prescription pain medication, or other treatments deemed appropriate for the symptoms.

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  • arthralgia — (n.) pain in a joint, 1848, from Gk. arthron joint (see ARM (Cf. arm) (n.1)) + ALGIA (Cf. algia) …   Etymology dictionary

  • arthralgia — [är thral′jə] n. [ ARTHR(O) + ALGIA] pain in a joint or joints …   English World dictionary

  • arthralgia — noun Etymology: New Latin Date: circa 1848 pain in one or more joints • arthralgic adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • arthralgia — arthralgic, adj. /ahr thral jeuh/, n. Pathol. pain in a joint. [1840 50; ARTHR + ALGIA] * * * …   Universalium

  • arthralgia — noun /ɑːˈθɹæl.dʒi.ə,ɑɹˈθɹæl.dʒi.ə/ pain in a joint, especially when not caused by arthritis …   Wiktionary

  • Arthralgia — Pain in the joints. There are many possible causes of pain in a joint. The Greek "algos" means "pain." * * * Pain in a joint, especially one not inflammatory in character. SYN: arthrodynia. [G. arthron, joint, + algos, pain]… …   Medical dictionary

  • arthralgia — n. pain in the joints, pain in the vertebra (Medicine) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • arthralgia — [α: θraldʒə] noun Medicine pain in a joint. Origin C19: from Gk arthron joint + algia …   English new terms dictionary

  • arthralgia — ar·thral·gia …   English syllables

  • arthralgia — arthrodynia; n. severe pain in a joint, without swelling or other signs of arthritis. Compare: arthritis …   The new mediacal dictionary

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