Perioperative Management of Patients with Connective Tissue Disease


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.

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Goodman, S.M., Figgie, M.P. & MacKenzie, C.R. Perioperative Management of Patients with Connective Tissue Disease. HSS Jrnl 7, 72–79 (2011).

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  • connective tissue disease
  • perioperative care