Rheumatologic Disorders Specialty Pharmacy
Rheumatologic disorders are autoimmune and inflammatory disorders that cause your immune system to attack your joints, muscles, bones and organs
Rheumatologic disorders 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.
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.
Psoriatic Arthritis: Psoriatic arthritis is a spondyloarthritis and a form of joint inflammation that occurs in some people who have psoriasis of the skin or nails. The joints commonly involved are the fingers, hips, knees, and toes. Psoriatic arthritis is similar to rheumatoid arthritis but does not produce antibodies characteristic of RA. Psoriatric arthritis occurs in about 30% of people with psoriasis. People who have a certain gene (HLA-B27) and those who have family members affected by this gene may have increased risk for psoriatic arthritis of the spine. There is no cure for psoriatic arthritis, however, there are several treatments available in the form of disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs), Tumor Necrosis Factor inhibitors (TNFs), and other biologic agents.
Behcet's Disease: Behcet's disease is a chronic blood vessel inflammation (vasculitis) that can cause painful mouth and genital sores, skin lesions, and eye problems. Inflammation can also occur in the joints, nervous system, and digestive tract. Sores can appear, disappear, and reappear in the mouth, on the genitals, and skin. Specific treatment well depend on what areas are affected, but usually involves corticosteroids, immunosuppressants, and other DMARDs.