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Rheumatoid Arthritis - Rheumatology

Author: Noah Carpenter

CE: 2.5 hours Pharmacology: 2.5 hours
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Course Summary

Rheumatoid arthritis involves inflammation that often leads to major pain and disability. Autoantibodies contribute to the disease process of synovial inflammation and joint damage for those afflicted. Symptoms include pain at the sight of inflammation as well as more generalized feelings of fatigue, loss of appetite and low-grade fever. Therapies for rheumatoid arthritis may be individualized but typically focus on the suppression of synovial inflammation and joint damage. While the following sections focus on the more common approaches of diagnosis and treatment, additional areas of research and study are highlighted related to disease etiology, progression and lifestyle choices.

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Course Syllabus

I.              Introduction

II.           Prevalence and Etiology

1.   Cause of Rheumatoid Arthritis

2.   Disease Risk Factors

III.        Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

IV.         Diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis

1.   Medical History

2.   Physical Examination

3.   Laboratory Tests

V.            Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis

1.   Health Behavior Changes

2.   Medications

3.   Surgery

4.   Monitoring RA Disease Progress

5.   Alternative Therapies

VI.         Rheumatoid Arthritis Research

1.   Genetics and RA

2.   New RA Therapies

VII.       Case Study

1.   Discussion

VIII.    Summary


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