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Rheumatic Diseases

Rheumatic Diseases

Here: a primary care perspective on diagnosis of -- and care of patients with -- rheumatologic disorders.

Rheumatic Diseases

scleroderma

A general overview of the fibrosis process discusses mechanisms and cell pathways in brief while focusing on clinical issues.

About 30% of rheumatologists don't pre-test patients for hepatitis B before prescribing immunosuppressant medications. These authors offer new guidance for screening.

Tech Tips: In Part I, Dr. Bhana gave advice about sorting through the barrage of clinical journal articles that rheumatologists face every month. Here, in Part II, he shows how to save and file your choices for easy access in the future.

The increased risk for venous thromoboembolism after surgery among patients with rheumatic disease appears to trace to those conditions with a clotting component. However, joint surgery in general has a high risk of this complication.

A recent interest in the effects of neutrophil extracellular traps in gout tophi could shed light on inflammatory processes in other autoimmune diseases.

Joint classification criteria for systemic sclerosis from the two major specialty societies appear to be more sensitive and perform better in real-life clinical practice than the previous version.

Gout

Once a disease of kings, gout affects an increasing number of “commoners”—and the physical and economic toll is high.

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