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Not Seeing Muscle for the Joints?

Certainly you keep pain and depression in mind when pondering the disabling consequences of rheumatic disease. But do you pay sufficient attention to sarcopenia? A review tells how to screen for the condition, and suggests interventions.

Rheumatic Diseases

The rare diseases that prevent immunoglobulin molecules from forming properly can present with symptoms typical of rheumatic disease: rashes, joint swelling, and stiffness.

By Albertyanks Albert Jankowski (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Common

Swelling and stiffness in both knees kept this preadolescent girl from the usual running and jumping. Xrays were normal. What do you make of the MRI images?

Risks for venous and pulmonary thromboembolism are increased dramatically in patients with giant cell arteritis, especially in the first year after diagnosis.

The FDA has approved the first combination to treat chronic hepatitis C (HCV) infection that does not require co-administration with interferon or ribavirin. Harvoni (ledipasvir and sofosbuvir) treats genotype 1 HCV.

How much disability in rheumatoid disease is due to associated muscle loss? Especially for older patients, says a review of the condition, vigilance for sarcopenia is warranted.

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People who have rheumatoid or psoriatic arthritis or lupus are at increased risk for shingles. Studies suggest that treatment for the rheumatic condition may be a factor in certain circumstances.

Polymyositis and dermatomyositis appear to be triggered by the response of certain receptors to danger signals from damaged cells. This offers a new avenue for treatments now in testing.

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