Rheumatologic Disorders

Rheumatologic disorders are autoimmune and inflammatory disorders that cause your immune system to attack your joints, muscles, bones and organs

Rheumatologic diseases can cause damage to your vital organs, including the lungs, heart, nervous system, kidneys, skin and eyes. Rheumatologic diseases may result in conditions so severe that those who suffer from them cannot bathe or dress themselves. Additionally, a simple task such as walking can cause pain and be difficult or even impossible.

Conditions

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), is the most common type of lupus. SLE is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks its own tissues, causing widespread inflammation and tissue damage in the affected organs. It can affect the joints, skin, brain, lungs, kidneys, and blood vessels. There is no cure for lupus, but medical interventions and lifestyle changes can help control it.

Myositis: Myositis refers to any condition causing inflammation in muscles. Weakness, swelling, and pain are the most common myositis symptoms. Myositis causes include infection, injury, autoimmune conditions, and drug side effects. Treatment of myositis varies according to the cause.

Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis is a group of related childhood diseases that begin by age 16 and involve persistent or recurring inflammation of the joints. Juvenile idiopathic arthritis may also affect other organs or connective tissue. JIA is not the same thing as adult Rheumatoid Arthritis, although there are similarities.

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