Perioperative Management of Patients with Connective Tissue Disease
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- 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.