Rheumatology

Real Time Clinical Question: Rheumatology

February 13, 2009
Real Time Clinical Question: Rheumatology

Commentary by Jon-Emile Kenny MD, PGY- 2 

Faculty Peer Reviewed

At morning report, the case of a 55 F with known dermatomyositis (DM), and interstitial lung involvement who had presented to the hospital with increasing dyspnea was presented.  The discussion of the case opened with the cardinal manifestations of DM including proximal muscle weakness as diagnosed with EMG, cutaneous manifestations such as the heliotrope rash, the shawl sign, Gottron’s papules, Reynaud’s, and ‘Mechanics Hand’, and the systemic manifestations such as interstitial lung disease.…

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Class Act: Is there clinical evidence for the use of chondroitin sulfate in the treatment of osteoarthritis?

October 17, 2008
Class Act: Is there clinical evidence for the use of chondroitin sulfate in the treatment of osteoarthritis?

Class act is a feature of Clinical Correlations written by NYU 3rd and 4th year medical students. Prior to publication, each commentary is thoroughly reviewed for content by a faculty member.

Commentary by Jillian Borman, MS-4, Reviewed by Svetlana Krasnokutsky, MD, Clinical Instructor, NYU Department of Medicine

Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most common causes of joint pain in the aging population. The pain of OA, which is generally worsened with joint use and alleviated with rest, is typically described as a deep…

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Grand Rounds: “Behcet’s Disease: What It Is, and Isn’t”

October 16, 2008
Grand Rounds: “Behcet’s Disease: What It Is, and Isn’t”

Commentary by Jon-Emile Kenny MD, PGY- 2

Please also see the clinical vignette presented during last week’s grand rounds

Dr.  Yusuf Yazici of the NYU Behcet’s Syndrome Center opened his talk by discussing the classic triad of symptoms characteristic of Behcet’s Disease: aphthous ulcers, genital ulcers and uveitis.  This was originally characterized by the Turkish physician Hulusi Behcet in 1937.  While these symptoms are the most common of Behcet’s, other tissues may be affected as Behcet’s is a systemic vasculitic disorder.  GI symptoms, neurological sequelae, the pathergy…

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How Do You Approach a Patient with Arthritis and Hepatitis C?

August 7, 2008
How Do You Approach a Patient with Arthritis and Hepatitis C?

Commentary by Peter Izmirly MD, NYU Division of Rheumatology

A 54 year old male with a past medical history significant for hepatitis C genotype 1a s/p ifn/ribavarin 2003-2004 with HCV Qual negative in 2005 presents with 3 weeks of bilateral wrist pain. The pain is worst with extension. His exam is notable for diffuse tenderness when pressure is applied to his wrists. He has no obvious swelling, erythema, deformity or subcutaneous nodules. The remainder of his musculoskeletal exam in unremarkable. In addition, he has no stigmata of cirrhosis. Labs…

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Grand Rounds: “ANCA-Associated Vasculitis: Update for Internists”

April 9, 2008
Grand Rounds: “ANCA-Associated Vasculitis: Update for Internists”

Commentary by Aditya Matoo MD, PGY-2

This week’s medicine grand rounds was given by Dr. Peter Merkel, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Professor of Medicine, Section of Rheumatology and Clinical Epidemiology Unit, Boston University School of Medicine and Director, Vasculitis Center, Boston University School of Medicine.

Dr. Merkel prefaced his discussion by highlighting the evolving movement among academics to change the name of Wegener’s Granulomatosis to an alternative given recent discoveries that Friedrich Wegener had willingly volunteered and actively participated in the Nazi movement…

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Grand Rounds: “Fibromyalgia and Homeopathy: Holmes, Hogwarts and the Prince of Wales”

February 14, 2008
Grand Rounds: “Fibromyalgia and Homeopathy: Holmes, Hogwarts and the Prince of Wales”

Commentary by Nitasha Sarswat MD, PGY-3 

This week’s Medicine Grand Rounds speaker was Gerald Weissmann, MD, a familiar face at Bellevue/NYU. He is a professor of rheumatology, the former chairman of the Department of Rheumatology and current director of the Biotechnology Study Center.

Dr. Weissmann began by discussing homeopathic medicine and its roots in the Romantiic reaction against the Enlightenment and how homeopathic treatments today are not rooted in science. He discussed the use of plants such as briony and rhus toxicodendron…

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Who Should Receive Prophylaxis for Gout?

December 26, 2006
Who Should Receive Prophylaxis for Gout?

A 70 year old male, former alcoholic, with a past history of gout diagnosed by joint aspiration, presents with his second episode of right 1st metatarsal erythema, swelling and severe pain in the last 6 months.

Commentary By Pamela Rosenthal, MD Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology

 

Question 1. Is there any specific rule you follow when deciding to start someone on colchicine prophylaxis? e.g. >x # episodes

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Fast Facts-Rheumatology

November 30, 2006
Fast Facts-Rheumatology

Bellevue Morning Report Teaching Points 11/27

CC: Left knee swelling and pain x 1 week

54 yo male without past medical history in his usual state of health until 5 weeks prior when he had painful ejaculation and intermittent dysuria, denies penile discharge. Treated for a urinary tract infection with unknown antibiotic. 3 weeks later develops recurrent symptoms and again treated with another course of unknown abx by outside physician. However he develops left knee pain and swelling and is unable to…

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