Rheumatic diseases are characterised by inflammation and loss of function of one or more connecting or supporting structures of the body. These diseases especially affect joints, tendons, ligaments, bones, and muscles. Common signs and symptoms are pain, swelling, and stiffness. Some rheumatic diseases also can involve internal organs. There are more than 100 rheumatic diseases. Some are described as connective tissue diseases because they affect the supporting framework of the body and its internal organs. Others are known as autoimmune diseases because they occur when the immune system, which normally protects the body from infection and disease, harms the body's own healthy tissues (National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases).
Systemic rheumatic diseases often affect women during childbearing years, leading to concerns over medication use if pregnant.
This book is a concise guide to the diagnosis and treatment of rheumatic diseases in pregnant women and in children. Divided into two main sections, the first examines the treatment of women with different types of rheumatic disease. Section two discusses paediatric rheumatology.
Concise guide to diagnosis and treatment of rheumatic diseases in pregnant women and in children
Emphasis on use of anti-rheumatic drugs in pregnancy and lactation
Clinical cases and vignettes in paediatric rheumatology section assist learning
Includes nearly 300 images, illustrations and tables
Shefali K Sharma MD (Medicine) MAMS Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, Rheumatology Unit, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India Sujata Sawhney MD (Paediatrics) MRCP (UK) CCST (UK) Senior Consultant, Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology, Paediatric Rheumatology Division, Institute of Child Health, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, India
Section 1: Women Issues in Rheumatic Diseases Rheumatoid Arthritis and Pregnancy Pregnancy and SLE Lupus Nephritis and Pregnancy Pregnancy in Systemic Sclerosis Antiphospholipid Syndrome in Pregnancy Systemic Vasculitis and Pregnancy Antirheumatic Drugs in Pregnancy Use of Antirheumatic Drugs During Lactation Risk of Children Born to Mothers with Rheumatic Diseases Section 2: Pediatric Rheumatology Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis PUO and the Pediatric Rheumatologist CTDs in Pediatrics Neonatal Lupus Syndrome Childhood Vasculitis Transition of the Child with a Rheumatic Disease to the Adult Team