Rheumatoid Arthritis



- Discussion:
    - ARA criteria for RA
    - pathogenesis
    - differential diagnosis:
            - spondyloarthropathies & related chronic seroneg arthritides;
            - systemic lupus erythematosus;
            - scleroderma;
            - dermatomyositis;
            - juvenile rheumatoid arthritis

- Clinical Aspects

- Laboratory Aspects

- Radiographic Aspects


- Treatment of RA:
    - Medical Management of RA
    - Surgical Treatment:
            - cervical spine
            - hand
            - wrist
            - elbow and shoulder:
                    - frequently there is concomitant shoulder and elbow arthritis and the long term prognosis of both joints needs to be
                              considered if any surgical procedure is indicated;
                    - note that standard shoulder and elbow arthroplasties will leave a narrow bridge of bone between the tips of the two
                              medullary stems (which increases the risk of a stress riser and fracture);
                    - ref: Ipsilateral Total Shoulder and Elbow Arthroplasties in Patients Who Have Rheumatoid Arthritis
            - hip
            - foot



- Outside Link:
       - Focus On ... Rheumatoid Arthritis



References

Alternatives to Total Knee Replacement: Autologous Hamstring Resurfacing Arthroplasty



Original Text by Clifford R. Wheeless, III, MD.

Last updated by Data Trace Staff on Monday, September 19, 2016 9:28 am