What We Treat at The Division of Rheumatology

The Division of Rheumatology and Allergy-Clinical Immunology provides state-of-the-art care for patients with rheumatic diseases.Rheumatic diseases consist of a broad array of inflammatory and non-inflammatory conditions that involve bones, joints, muscles and many other parts of the body. Some rheumatic diseases (e.g., lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, vasculitis, myositis) are classified as autoimmune diseases, which are disorders where the body's immune system,instead of providing its usual protection against invading viruses or bacteria, attacks the body.

Rheumatic diseases include the following conditions:

Arthritis

Osteoarthritis
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Ankylosing Spondylitis
Psoriatic Arthritis
Gout
Pseudogout

Vasculitis
Cryoglobulinemia
Wegener’s granulomatosus
Churg-Strauss Syndrome
Polyarteritis Nodosa

Bone Disorders
Osteoporosis
Paget’s Disease

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Mixed Connective Tissue Disease

Myositis
Polymyositis
Dermatomyositis
Inclusion Body Myositis

Raynaud's

Scleroderma

Sjogrens Syndrome

Fibromyalgia

Regional Pain Syndromes
Bursitis
Back Disorders

Arthritis refers to disorders of  joints. There are two major categories of arthritis: inflammatory and non-inflammatory.  Osteoarthritis is the most common  non-inflammatory  arthritis.  It is most often age-related and can affect the neck, lower back, fingers, hips, knees and feet.  Osteoarthritis appears to arise from degeneration of cartilage.  Inflammatory arthritis is quite different and generally affects a younger population.  For unknown reason, the lining of the joint grows out of control and causes pain, swelling and eventual joint damage.  Examples of inflammatory arthritis include rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis. The Division of Rheumatology and Allergy-Clinical Immunology treats arthritis at The Arthritis Center .

Systemic lupus erythematosus is a disorder of the immune system that typically affects young women.  In systemic lupus erythematosus the body’s immune system can attack various organs of the body.  The cause of this is not known. Manifestations can include fatigue, rash, arthritis and kidney disease, as well as other complications depending on the sites of inflammation. The Division of Rheumatology and Allergy-Clinical Immunology treats systemic lupus erythematosus at 
The Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and Autoimmune Disease Treatment Center .

Scleroderma is a condition in which excessive collagen deposits in various organs of the body, including the skin, lungs and blood vessels. Manifestations can include skin thickening, difficulty swallowing, Raynaud's and shortness of breath. The Division of Rheumatology and Allergy-Clinical Immunology treats scleroderma at The Scleroderma and Raynaud's Treatment Center .

Raynaud's refers to a disorder of the small blood vessels of the fingers and toes that results in spasm and a temporary reduction in blood flow. Digits might turn white or blue on exposure to cold.  Although Raynaud's can occur as a manifestation of a rheumatic disease, most patients do not have an underlying disorder. The Division of Rheumatology and Allergy-Clinical Immunology treats Raynaud's at The Scleroderma and Raynaud's Treatment Center .

Vasculitis refers to a group of diseases where inflammation of blood vessels can result in different manifestations. Depending on the specific type of vasculitis, patients might experience rash, lung disease, kidney disease, fever or neurologic disorders. The Division of Rheumatology and Allergy-Clinical Immunology treats vasculitis at The Vasculitis Center .

Myositis refers to a group of inflammatory disorders where the body’s immune system attacks muscle tissue. This results in destruction of the muscle and eventual weakness. One type of myositis is associated with certain types of rash. The Division of Rheumatology and Allergy-Clinical Immunology treats myositis at The Myositis Treatment Center .

Last Update

July 12, 2011
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