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Patterns, comorbidities key in diagnosis of rare rheumatic diseases

10:05 EDT 11 Aug 2017 | Healio

ORLANDO, Fla. — In the diagnosis of rare rheumatic disorders, it is important to listen to patients and look for clues or patterns on physical examination, said a presenter here at the Rheumatology Nurses Annual Conference.“One of the fears we always have in rheumatology, and probably other areas of medicine, is the disease will see us, but we won’t see it,” Christopher T. Ritchlin, MD, MPH, said. “In other words, the patient comes in with an unusual presentation that we don’t recognize, we miss the diagnosis and therefore, the patient suffers.”

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