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Immune Disorders

Dec 1, 2003 Issue
Diagnosis of Systemic Lupus Erythematossus [Article]

Systemic lupus erythematosus is a multisystem inflammatory disease that is often difficult to diagnose. Before the diagnosis can be established, four of 11 clinical and laboratory criteria must be met. Antinuclear antibody titer is the primary laboratory test used to diagnose systemic lupus erythema...


Nov 15, 2003 Issue
Primary Immunodeficiencies [Article]

Primary immunodeficiencies include a variety of disorders that render patients more susceptible to infections. If left untreated, these infections may be fatal. The disorders constitute a spectrum of more than 80 innate defects in the body's immune system. Primary immunodeficiencies generally are co...


Dec 1, 2002 Issue
Darkened Distal Legs [Photo Quiz]

Photo Quiz presents readers with a clinical challenge based on a photograph or other image.


Sep 15, 2002 Issue
Ocular Manifestations of Autoimmune Disease [Article]

Rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, Sjögren's syndrome, the seronegative spondyloarthropathies, systemic lupus erythematosus, multiple sclerosis, giant cell arteritis, and Graves' disease are autoimmune disorders commonly encountered by family physicians. These autoimmune disorders...


Apr 15, 2002 Issue
Cutaneous Sarcoidosis: A Dermatologic Masquerader [Article]

Sarcoidosis is a multisystem disease that may involve almost any organ system; therefore, it results in various clinical manifestations. Cutaneous sarcoidosis occurs in up to one third of patients with systemic sarcoidosis. Recognition of cutaneous lesions is important because they provide a visible...


Apr 15, 2002 Issue
ANCA-Associated Small-Vessel Vasculitis [Article]

Antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCA)-associated vasculitis is the most common primary systemic small-vessel vasculitis to occur in adults. Although the etiology is not always known, the incidence of vasculitis is increasing, and the diagnosis and management of patients may be challenging bec...


Nov 1, 2001 Issue
Dermatomyositis [Article]

Dermatomyositis is an idiopathic inflammatory myopathy with characteristic skin manifestations. Although the disorder is rare, with a prevalence of one to 10 cases per million in adults and one to 3.2 cases per million in children, early recognition and treatment are important ways to decrease the m...


Feb 1, 2001 Issue
Detection, Education and Management of the Asplenic or Hyposplenic Patient [Article]

Fulminant, potentially life-threatening infection is a major long-term risk after splenectomy or in persons who are functionally hyposplenic as a result of various systemic conditions. Most of these infections are caused by encapsulated organisms such as pneumococci, Haemophilus influenzae and menin...


Oct 1, 2000 Issue
A Family Physicians' Guide to Monitoring Methotrexate [Article]

Methotrexate has a long history of use in the treatment of various immunologic diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis. Although the drug is usually prescribed by a subspecialist, a family physician may assume responsibility for monitoring methotrexate therapy. Major toxic effects, su...


Jan 15, 2000 Issue
American Thoracic Society Issues Consensus Statement on Sarcoidosis [Practice Guidelines]

The American Thoracic Society (ATS) has issued a consensus statement on sarcoidosis. The statement provides information on the epidemiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of sarcoidosis.


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