Rheumatic Diseases

Dermatomyositis, DVT, and D-Dimer

A man with amyopathic dermatomyositis eventually turned up in the ER with PE and DVT. Could his D-Dimer levels have been a tip-off for more aggressive treatment.

Rheumatic Diseases

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.


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

The American College of Rheumatology has issued a public statement of concern about the need for policy changes, studies, and post-marketing vigilance in the wake of FDA's approval of the first US biosimilar.


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