The practice of Pediatric Rheumatology involves the diagnosis and treatment of autoimmune and autoinflammatory conditions that involve many organ systems and present with a wide range of clinical manifestations. The field emphasizes the clinical history and physical exam because a definitive diagnostic test is not available for most rheumatologic conditions. Many patients are admitted to the hospital for symptoms prior to a diagnosis, or in some cases, require inpatient hospitalization for disease flares. You may also be exposed to the field of rheumatology in an outpatient elective, as most patients with rheumatologic disease are treated as outpatients. In this rotation guide, we focus on the approach to the diagnosis and management of common pediatric rheumatologic diseases as well as select noninflammatory musculoskeletal pain conditions.
The topics in this rotation guide are organized as follows:
This rotation guide was developed by a collaborative team of contributors including:
Writers: Rosemary Peterson, MD
Peer Reviewers: Lisa Buckley, MD, Emily Liebling, MD; Beth Rutstein, MD; Anna Costello, MD; Jessica Perfetto, MD; Melissa Argraves, MD; Edward Re, MD
Section Expert: Jay Mehta, MD
Senior Editor: Julie Ingelfinger, MD
Last Updated: January 2021 by Rosemary Peterson, MD