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Osteoarthritis

The term osteoarthritis is a misnomer, because inflammation is not the primary pathologic process observed in this form of articular joint disruption.

More accurately described as degenerative joint disease, the disease represents a final common pathway of injury to articular cartilage. Although the true nature and cause of osteoarthritis are unclear, radiographic findings and gross and microscopic pathologic features are fairly typical in most cases.

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