Rheumatoid Arthritis

ISBN : 9780199556755

Raashid Luqmani; Theodore Pincus; Maarten Boers
168 Pages
100 x 180 mm
Pub date
Feb 2010
Oxford Rheumatology Library
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Rheumatoid Arthritis is a common rheumatic condition that affects around 1-2% of the population and without adequate therapy results in significant disability. Recent advances in the pathogenesis of the rheumatoid arthritis have led to the dramatic development of powerful new therapeutic agents that target specific disease mechanisms. Increasing use of intensive conventional therapy and the advent of more advanced biologic agents has altered our expectations of the drug treatment of the disease. Part of the Oxford Rheumatology Library series, this practical pocketbook summarizes the important recent developments that have been made in the understanding of the pathogenesis, diagnosis and management of rheumatoid arthritis for the wide audience of clinicians who manage patients with this condition. Chapters include concise but comprehensive overviews of underlying disease mechanisms, clinical diagnosis and assessment, the role of laboratory investigations and imaging, the use of anti-inflammatory drugs, the role of disease modifying therapy steroids and biologic agents and the role of multidisciplinary care.


1. Epidemiology, genetics and economic burden of rheumatoid arthritis
2. The pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis
3. Diagnosis and clinical features of rheumatoid arthritis
4. Disease assessment and monitoring patients for follow up
5. Drug therapy - small molecules
6. Biologic therapy
7. Multidisciplinary team management
8. Comorbidity and complications of RA
9. Surgical management of rheumatoid arthritis: introduction and spinal involvement
10. Surgical management of rheumatoid arthritis: the upper limb
11. Surgical approach to the lower limb in rheumatoid arthritis
12. Future treatments in rheumatoid arthritis

About the author: 

Raashid Luqmani, Consultant Rheumatologist and Senior Lecturer, Rheumatology Department, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford, UK; Theodore Pincus, Professor of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, New York University, Hospital for Joint Diseases, New York, USA; Maarten Boers, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, Division of Clinical Epidemiology, VU Medical Center, Amsterdam

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