A case of a woman with early symptoms of joint pains is presented and discussed as to what clinical, laboratory, imaging, and physical features will guide us to identify and distinguish between RA, psoriatic arthritis, SLE, and fibromyalgia. The key historical and clinical findings that distinguish these diseases are presented and the proper interpretation of imaging and tests like the ANA are reviewed.
Get your questions answered by expert faculty in Rheumatology. You ask: we listen. You will learn practical solutions to common clinical challenges and tips to apply the latest knowledge in practice. Please note that any data, indications, and guidelines presented in this activity are current as of the recording/release on February 8, 2020, and they are subject to change as new information is published.
By determining the target of inflammation in the joint and the distribution of affected joints, a clinician can distinguish among non-inflammatory arthritis (osteoarthritis), other non-inflammatory rheumatic conditions (like fibromyalgia), and inflammatory conditions such as inflammatory synovitis (rheumatoid arthritis) and inflammatory enthesitis (ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis). Please note that any data, indications, and guidelines presented in this activity are current as of the recording/release on February 8, 2020, and they are subject to change as new information is published.
A patient presents with joint pains. How should we approach the history, physical examination, laboratory tests, and imaging studies to arrive at a correct diagnosis? The discussion points out how to differentiate between rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, lupus and fibromyalgia to correctly diagnose these conditions.
A Case-Based Review
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