Autoimmune Rheumatic Diseases

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Autoimmune rheumatic diseases (ARDs) are a diverse group of conditions that primarily affect the joints, bones, muscle, and connective tissue. Examples of more common ARDs include the following:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
  • Sjögren syndrome
  • Polymyositis
  • Systemic sclerosis
  • Mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD)
  • CREST (calcinosis, Raynaud phenomenon, esophageal dysmotility, sclerodactyly, and telangiectasia) syndrome Neuropsychiatric SLE

ARDs can be especially challenging to diagnose during early stages, often presenting with nonspecific symptoms and signs that may flare and remit. However, early diagnosis is important to improve outcomes for patients.

Read this newsletter to review ARDs and the importance of early and accurate diagnosis. You will also learn about the importance of laboratory testing for autoantibodies and how antibody panels can help you rule in or rule out common autoimmune diseases.


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