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RheumaTip: Lupus, RA Boost the Risk for This (Other) Rash

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis and lupus are at 20-fold increased risk of shingles.

You're urged to vaccinate if possible and prudent.

Rheumatic Diseases

Statin use by patients with muscle damage may induce neoantigens, leading to polymyalgia rheumatica and giant cell arteritis.

New rheumatology-focused electronic health record systems make recording patient assessments easier. However, there's still plenty of room for improvement

Just as a rising tide lifts all boats, the American College of Rheumatology's aptly named new registry should boost overall outcomes in rheumatic disease, if enough clinicians join. A rheumatologist with informatics credentials hopes its ease of use (and benefits) will encourage wide adoption.

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British clinicians share their experience with the management of airway stenosis in granulomatosis with polyangiitis. Treatment succeeds, but recurrence is common.

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.

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