Rheumatology aims to diagnose, treat and prevent rheumatic diseases.
Rheumatic inflammation of the joints was first described by Hippocrates himself.
Rheumatic diseases include:
- Systemic diseases of the connective tissue; systemic vasculitis (SLE, dermatomyositis, scleroderma);
- Inflammatory rheumatic diseases (erythema nodosum, rheumatoid arthitis, Behcet disease, psoriatic arthritis, reactive arthritis);
- Arthritis due to chronic gastrointestinal diseases (Crohn's disease, nonspecific ulcerative colitis);
- Rheumatic fever, gout;
- Chondrocalcinosis; osteoarthritis; osteoarthrosis.