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[Recognition of the characteristics of rare types of arthritis]

ROJKOVICH Bernadette, MÉSZÁROS Györgyi

JUNE 10, 2014

LAM Extra for General Practicioners - 2014;6(03)

[Recognition of the characteristics of arthritis is crucial for making a correct diagnosis. Several aspects of the history and physical examination could help the diagnosis, such as the mode of onset (acute, insidious), duration of symptoms (self-limiting, chronic), number of affected joints (mono-, oligo-, polyarthritis), distribution of joint involvement (symmetrical, asymmetrical), localisation of affected joints (axial, peripherial) and sequence of involvement (additive, migratory, intermittent). Other important aspects for the correct diagnosis are the characteristics of the patient (gender, age, family history) and the presence or absence of extra-articular features of disease. The articular pattern may change with time in the course of a disease, and the single clinical pattern of joint disease may correspond to more than one diagnosis. Evidence of some distinct articular patterns may limit the spectrum of diagnostic options and reduces unnecessary diagnostic testing. The diagnostic process may require the addition of laboratory examination, imaging techniques, and other tests to refine the analysis. In this article, we report a case where joint punction and histological elucidation was necessary to make the correct diagnosis, because a syndrome of acute, destructive sterile arthritis mimicking articular infection might be present in a variety of joint disorders. In this paper, we highlight those characteristics that are distinctive for particular rheumatological disorders, in order to help starting treatment early.. In a substantial number of patients the cause of the diseases remains undetermined. However, a detailed anamnesis and physical examination remain the cornerstone of a diagnostic evaluation. ]

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