A 19-year-old woman presents with complaints of progressive shortness of breath, chest pain, and lower extremity edema over the past month.
A 52-year-old man presents to the emergency department with dizziness and fatigue after a syncopal episode on a camping trip.
A 69 year old man presents joint pain (wrists, elbows, hands, and knees) and swelling with no evidence of erosions.
A female patient with systemic lupus erythematosus presents to the emergency department with an 8 week history of dyspnea, dysphonia, and non-productive cough.
AA amyloidosis is a rare but significant complication of ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and may lead to proteinuria and renal dysfunction.
Since certain syndromes are associated with good prognosis in a majority of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus, prompt diagnosis and initiation of early goal-directed treatment is crucial.
Patients with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) should be cared for by a team of specialized healthcare providers to facilitate individualized care, which is especially important in the setting of pregnancy, which is considered high risk in EDS. Rheumatologists can provide valuable input, including assessment of joint laxity, providing analgesia for joint pain, and coordinating care to ensure maximum joint protection and function.
Engage in this case study to review the management of EDS in pregnancy and to take a knowledge assessment.
Engage in this case study to test your diagnostic ability to differentiate pulmonary hypertension in the setting of systemic sclerosis.
Although surgery can present challenges in patients with ankylosing spondylitis, awareness of situations and conditions warranting special attention can ensure optimal patient outcomes. Review this case study to explore appropriate pre-, peri-, and postoperative approaches. A knowledge-based assessment is also provided.