Rheumatology

Rebecca Manno, Jason E. Liebowitz

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Abstract

Many rheumatic diseases disproportionately affect older individuals. Osteoarthritis is almost universally present among octogenarians, and giant cell arteritis, the most common systemic vasculitis in North America, occurs exclusively in individuals over the age of 50 with a mean age of onset between 70 and 80 years. Rheumatoid arthritis has a prevalence of 2% in the USA among individuals over the age of 60. Rheumatic, autoimmune, and musculoskeletal diseases may be common among older individuals, but the care of these patients is far from routine. Rheumatic diseases, and the medications used to treat them, often affect muscles and joints. This has a profound and unique impact on older individuals who are often already dealing with aging-related musculoskeletal issues that are the consequence of multiple co-morbidities, poor functional status, malnutrition, sarcopenia, and cognitive impairment. This chapter reviews epidemiologic, diagnostic, and therapeutic data for some of the most common rheumatic conditions among older individuals (arthritis, myositis, vasculitis, and connective tissue disorders). By highlighting some of the important unanswered questions in the multifaceted care of older patients with rheumatic disease we hope to generate future investigation in these areas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGeriatrics for Specialists
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Pages227-242
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783319318318
ISBN (Print)9783319318295
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

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Rheumatology
Rheumatic Diseases
Patient Care
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Sarcopenia
Systemic Vasculitis
Giant Cell Arteritis
Myositis
Vasculitis
North America
Age of Onset
Malnutrition
Osteoarthritis
Connective Tissue
Autoimmune Diseases
Arthritis
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Joints
Morbidity
Muscles

Keywords

  • Arthritis
  • Elderly
  • Late-age onset
  • Myositis
  • Rheumatology
  • Vasculitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Nursing(all)

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Manno, R., & Liebowitz, J. E. (2016). Rheumatology. In Geriatrics for Specialists (pp. 227-242). Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-31831-8_20

Rheumatology. / Manno, Rebecca; Liebowitz, Jason E.

Geriatrics for Specialists. Springer International Publishing, 2016. p. 227-242.

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Manno, R & Liebowitz, JE 2016, Rheumatology. in Geriatrics for Specialists. Springer International Publishing, pp. 227-242. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-31831-8_20
Manno R, Liebowitz JE. Rheumatology. In Geriatrics for Specialists. Springer International Publishing. 2016. p. 227-242 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-31831-8_20
Manno, Rebecca ; Liebowitz, Jason E. / Rheumatology. Geriatrics for Specialists. Springer International Publishing, 2016. pp. 227-242
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