MAKING A DIFFERENCE: EARLY DETECTION AND LONG-TERMA MANAGEMENT OF INFLAMMATORY ARTHRITIS (IA 2005)

Venue: HOSPITAL FOR SPECIAL SURGERY, RICHARD L. MENSCHEL EDUCATION CENTER, 2ND FLOOR

Location: NEW YORK, NEW YORK, United States

Event Date/Time: Oct 25, 2005 End Date/Time: Oct 25, 2005
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Description

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a severely debilitating disease, which shortens lifespan and affects 1% of the population. While most common in women, RA generally occurs in the child-bearing and key career years (30–50). This disease, RA, and other types of inflammatory arthritis generate thousands of articles in peer-reviewed journals per year. In addition, medications, with dramatically increased effectiveness, have been developed over the last five years.

It is important to note that a “window-of-opportunity” has been identified in the treatment of RA. During this time, treatment is most effective and most likely to stop further damage. Despite the frequency of this illness, its very severe impact, the extensive literature available, and the known “window” for appropriate management, it has been widely documented that many RA patients have delayed diagnosis and management. This educational activity will emphasize the diagnosis and appropriate management of the spectrum of types of inflammatory arthritis, with special emphasis on RA and new data from the past year. Primary care physicians need clear and comprehensive information to allow them to properly diagnose and manage patients with inflammatory arthritis. This symposium will provide this critical information and an update on the latest literature.

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