To learn the main rheumatic diseases, their clinical pictures and their possible functional issues.
Classroom lessons, using PowerPoint.
The pain in rheumatology: articular inflammatory or degenerative pain, muscle and fibromyalgic pain, neuropathic pain.
The main inflammatory arthropathies: rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankilosing spondylitis, and other spondyloarthritis, gout. Main features, functional problems.
Connective tissue diseases (systemic lupus erythematosus, systemic sclerosis, Sjogren's syndrome, polymyositis, dermatomyositis, mixed connective tissue disease, undifferentiated connective tissue disease) and vasculitides (giant cell arteritis and Takayasu's arteritis, polyarteritis nodosa and Kawasaki's disease, mixed cryoglobulinemia, Schoenlein-Henoch purpura, ANCA-associated vasculitis). Main features and possible functional problems.
Other painful syndromes due to nerve commpression.
Books for medical students or general practioners on rheumatology or clinical immunology are suggested.