clinical features of rheumatological disease

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The majority of symptoms in rheumatology primarily revolve around joints. Symptoms may be of stiffness, limitation of movement and function or most commonly pain. Symptoms may be localised to a specific joint ie the elbow or to more general areas ie the neck or back.

Other features of rheumatological disease may present initially as a dermatological problem with a rash or cutaneous nodule, whilst some rheumatological conditions may present with more complex symptoms such as cold hands in Raynaud's syndrome, or blurred vision in giant cell arteritis.

Last reviewed 01/2018

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