The Rheumatic Diseases: A Primer

  • Bella Mehta
  • C. Ronald MacKenzieEmail author
  • Stephen Paget


The rheumatic diseases are an important category of chronic illness. Affecting many millions of Americans, these conditions are a leading cause of disability and contribute significantly to premature mortality in those afflicted. Given their prevalence, the rheumatic diseases contribute disproportionately to the population of patients who will require orthopedic surgery. This chapter presents a broad overview of these conditions and their underlying pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment.


Osteoarthritis Connective tissue disease Spondyloarthropathies Synovium Rheumatologist 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bella Mehta
    • 1
    • 2
  • C. Ronald MacKenzie
    • 3
    Email author
  • Stephen Paget
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of RheumatologyHospital for Special SurgeryNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of MedicineWeill Cornell MedicineNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Departments of Rheumatology and Medicine the Hospital for Special Surgery Weill Cornell MedicineNew YorkUSA
  4. 4.Department of RheumatologyWeill Cornell/Hospital for Special Surgery/New York PresbyterianNew YorkUSA

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