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A Role in the Diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis


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Introduction to Connective Tissue Diseases

Slide 2

September 2008

Rheumatoid Arthritis is an inflammatory disease characterized by an autoimmune etiology. It is classified as a connective tissue disease, or also known as systemic rheumatic disease. It is a chronic disease with patients requiring lifelong monitoring and treatment following diagnosis. Although most people are aware of the joint destruction that accompanies Rheumatoid Arthritis, we also need to be aware that this disease is systemic with the potential to involve a variety of organ systems. Rheumatoid Arthritis is only one of several connective tissues diseases which include lupus, Sjögren syndrome, and scleroderma among others. It can be a challenge to distinguish between these diseases as pts, especially those early in the disease, may present with relatively similar clinical symptoms.

Introduction to Connective Tissue Diseases


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