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Rheumatic Diseases

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

Rheumatic Diseases

prior authorization

Prior authorizations have begun to spread pandemic-like from high-cost biologics to treatments used routinely in rheumatology. The time burden on rheumatologists is insupportable, contends the author, who says it's time to take action.

Anticoagulants don't help even the rare patients with Behçet disease who present with vascular symptoms, a retrospective study shows. Persistence with other treatments, though, is imperative.

Antinuclear antibody testing and DEXA both appear on a new Canadian list of rheumatology tests to avoid and on a similar 2013 list from the American College of Rheumatology. There are interesting differences in the other 3 choices.

Patient age and platelet count can inform the need for temporal artery biopsy in diagnosing giant cell arteritis, a retrospective study suggests.

sarcoidosis

A dermatologist has referred a patient who presented with a nodule on the edge of her ear. Can you guess the unusual diagnosis that led to the referral?

Oral etidronate, IV pamidronate, and then zoledronate caused bone markers to normalize in this 80-year-old woman—temporarily. What’s going on? Answer this and questions on 3 other topics in this week’s quiz.

fire hose

Inundated by a torrent of journal content from the Internet? Of course you are. In the first installment of his series, rheumatologist Suleman Bhana MD offers initial tips for controlling the flood.

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