Rheumatologic disorders are inflammatory conditions which can affect one or multiple organ systems in the body. Common presenting symptoms include but are not limited to joint pain, body aches, skin rashes, oral ulcers and fever. Symptoms can be accompanied by serious compromise in function of the heart, lungs, kidneys and blood cells. Some of the most common rheumatologic disorders include rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, systemic lupus, mixed connective tissue disease, scleroderma, polymalgia rheumatica, vasculitis and fibromyalgia. Diagnostic testing generally includes but is not limited to blood testing for the presence of autoantibodies, radiologic imaging if indicated and possibly biopsy of the organ system/s involved. Evaluation by a rheumatologist should be considered at the suggestion of a primary care physician or when a person experiences recurrent symptoms as described above without any other clear etiology.

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