HSS Journal

, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp 72–79

Perioperative Management of Patients with Connective Tissue Disease


  • Susan M. Goodman
    • Department of RheumatologyHospital for Special Surgery
  • Mark P. Figgie
    • Department of Orthopedic SurgeryHospital for Special Surgery
    • Department of RheumatologyHospital for Special Surgery
Review Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11420-010-9180-1

Cite this article as:
Goodman, S.M., Figgie, M.P. & MacKenzie, C.R. HSS Jrnl (2011) 7: 72. doi:10.1007/s11420-010-9180-1


Diseases of the connective tissue are a varied group of disorders with major musculoskeletal manifestations such as joint pain and loss of function. As a consequence of the accompanying inflammatory joint disease, such patients often require surgery. Due to the protean organ-related consequences of these conditions, patients who suffer from chronic connective tissue disease are a highly challenging population in the perioperative context. This paper reviews the management of such patients in this clinical setting.


connective tissue diseaseperioperative care

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