Rheumatology Consultations Archive

When is surgical intervention advisable for Parkinson disease?

When is surgical intervention advisable for Parkinson disease?

Is there a window of opportunity when surgical intervention is most successful for patient's with Parkinson disease?

The role of vitamin D in post-fracture symptoms

Can vitamin D deficiency play a role in post-fracture pain?

Do PPIs affect calcium absorption?

Are there any studies that confirm effective calcium absorption when the patient is taking long-term proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) along with oral calcium?

Choosing the best inflammation marker

Which serologic measure of inflammation is the most cost-effective and reliable when monitoring inflammatory disease?

Nutrition's effect on rheumatologic conditions

Are there any common nutritional deficiencies associated with osteoarthritis (OA), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and gout?

Osteoporosis conundrum

What is the mechanism of action of teriparatide, the new parathyroid hormone (PTH) analog being used for the treatment of osteoporosis?

Risks and benefits of bisphosphonate therapy

At what T-score and patient age does the benefit of bisphosphonate therapy outweigh the risk?

Chronic inflammatory conditions and CRP levels

What is the relevance of a cardiac C-reactive protein level in a patient with an underlying inflammatory condition, such as rheumatoid arthritis?

Pain-clinic referral

When is it appropriate to refer patients to a pain clinic?

Sniffing out phony back pain

What is the best way to differentiate between a patient who has legitimate back pain and someone who is looking for a drug prescription or workers' compensation?

Stop Crohn's and arthritis meds for knee surgery?

We are treating a patient who is currently on infliximab (Remicade) and methotrexate for severe Crohn's disease and rheumatoid arthritis. Because of severe joint pain, she would like to have her...

Help For Polyarthritis With Gastritis

What is the most effective treatment for polyarthritis in a patient with...

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