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Question: What is “gelling”?

Answer:

Gelling describes the achiness and stiffness that occurs in patients with RA after a period of inactivity (such as getting up from the dinner table or rising from a seat after a movie). The stiffness that occurs on rising from bed in the morning is also a form of gelling.

Reference:  Harris ED, Budd RC, Firestein GS, et al (eds): Kelley’s Textbook of Rheumatology, 7th ed. Philadelphia, W.B. Saunders, 2005.

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