Clinical Issues in the Arthritis Patient

  • Robert S. Katz
  • Sobia Hassan
  • Ben Small


This chapter serves as a general overview of the rheumatic diseases, offering an introduction to clinical rheumatology as it relates to the review of musculoskeletal radiology. It begins with a discussion of various physical exam, history, and laboratory findings. Next, the most common rheumatic diseases (both inflammatory and noninflammatory) are summarized – with a focus on describing typical clinical and radiologic findings. There is some additional discussion of common treatments as well. This chapter provides a brief background of the rheumatic diseases for physicians in all specialties.


Diagnostic Radiology Overview Background Rheumatic disease 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert S. Katz
    • 1
  • Sobia Hassan
    • 2
  • Ben Small
    • 3
  1. 1.Rush University Medical Center, Section of Rheumatology, Department of Internal MedicineChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Department of RheumatologyRush University Medical CenterChicagoUSA
  3. 3.Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Section of Rheumatology, Department of MedicineChicagoUSA

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