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CONTINUUM: Lifelong Learning in Neurology:
doi: 10.1212/01.CON.0000450972.06947.37
Review Articles

Neurologic Complications of Rheumatic Disease

Goldstein, Jonathan M. MD

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Abstract

Purpose of Review:

This article discusses the specific neurologic issues that arise in patients with rheumatic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, and Sjo¨gren syndrome. Diagnosis and management are discussed.

Recent Findings:

Advances include advanced imaging, serologic and CSF markers, and targeted immune-modulating therapies. The use of these modalities are discussed in detail.

Summary:

Rheumatic disorders are quite common and can result in disabling but many times treatable neurologic sequelae. The key is early diagnosis and management. Awareness of the common presentations and current modalities of diagnosis and treatment is critical to improved outcomes.

Copyright © 2014 by the American Academy of Neurology.

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