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Rheumatoid Arthritis Blood Donation

Are you a patient with Rheumatoid Arthritis ?

Living with rheumatoid arthritis can pose great challenges to your daily activity. Being proactive with treatment and donating to research can be a beneficial addition to your routine management. Participating in Research helps scientist and clinicians find new treatments, tests and quicker diagnostic methods to improve patient outcomes and hopefully prevent the disease in the future.  You can Help! Become a rheumatoid arthritis donor with PPA!

Become a donor

Please review the following donor requirements:

  • You must be clinically diagnosed by a medical professional. Documentation of the diagnosis and/or treatment may be required.
  • You must have a photo ID and be able to provide your social security number or proof of citizenship.
  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • You must weight at least 110 lbs.
  • You must disclose if you have ever been diagnosed with Hepatitis C and/or HIV.

To begin the Qualification Process, please fill out the Pre-Screening Form. For other questions and concerns about requirements or other information, please check out our FAQ’s. Check out the educational information below!

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Definition

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that typically affects the small joints in your hands and feet. Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks your own body’s tissues and affects the lining of your joints, causing swelling and fluid retention.

Symptoms

Signs and symptoms may include:

  • Tender, warm, swollen joints
  • Morning stiffness that may last for hours
  • Firm bumps of tissue under the skin on your arms (rheumatoid nodules)
  • Fatigue, fever and weight loss

Treatment

Although there is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis, medication may help alleviate inflammation. Use NSAIDs, steroids, and disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) with caution and only at the discretion of your physician, as potential side effects may be serious.

(Mayo Clinic 2015)