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Rheumatology, the branch of immunology dealing with diagnosis and treatment of rheumatic diseases. It involves clinical problems associated with autoimmune disorders, joints, soft tissues, and other heritable connective tissue disorders. There are more than 100 types of rheumatic diseases. Some of the common rheumatic diseases are:

Rheumatology

A chronic disease that affects the spine and may lead to stiffness of the back. The joints and ligaments that normally permit the back to move become inflamed which may lead to fused joints and bones.

Ankylosing Spondylitis

It is characterized by the breakdown of the joint’s cartilage which causes the bones to rub against each other, causing stiffness, pain and loss of movement in the joint.

Osteoarthritis

Characterized by inflammation of the lining, or synovium, of the joints, can lead to long-term joint damage, resulting in chronic pain, loss of function, often affects the joints of the hands & feet.

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

Characterized by inflammation of the skin (psoriasis) and joints (arthritis) which affects the joints at the end of the toes and fingers and can be accompanied by changes in the toenails and fingernails.

Psoriatic Arthritis

Found in children involves symptoms such as pain, stiffness, swelling, loss of function in the joints/fevers, rashes on body parts.

Gastroenterology

The medical specialty devoted to the study, diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the digestive system.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Include abdominal pain and changes in the pattern of bowel movements without any evidence of underlying damage.

Hepatology

A subspeciality medicine branch which deals with study and treatment of disease related to liver, pancreas, and biliary tract.