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Rheumatology (Greek ῥεῦμα, rheûma, flowing current) is a branch of medicine devoted to the diagnosis and therapy of rheumatic diseases. Physicians who have undergone formal training in rheumatology are called rheumatologists. Rheumatologists deal mainly with immune-mediated disorders of the musculoskeletal system, soft tissues, autoimmune diseases, vasculitides, and inherited connective tissue disorders.

Many of these diseases are now known to be disorders of the immune system. Rheumatology, alongside with Allergy & Immunology, is considered to be the study and practice of medical immunology.


Diseases diagnosed or managed by rheumatologists include:

Systemic conditions and connective tissue diseases

            Microscopic polyangiitis

        Eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis

           Granulomatosis with polyangiitis

            Polyarteritis nodosa

            Henoch–Schönlein purpura

            Serum sickness

            Giant cell arteritis, Temporal arteritis

              Takayasu’s arteritis

               Behçet’s disease

               Kawasaki disease (mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome)

              Thromboangiitis obliterans


Soft tissue rheumatism

Local diseases and lesions affecting the joints and structures around the joints including tendons, ligaments capsules, bursae, stress fractures, muscles, nerve entrapment, vascular lesions, and ganglia. For example:


Best Rheumatology Institutes and Specialists

Dr. Xavier J. Caro

Fibromyalgia Expert Rheumatology

Experience :    30+ years

Address      :     Los Angeles, CA

About         :    Dr. Caro is an acknowledged leader in the field of Fibromyalgia and has thirty years of clinical experience, teaching, and research experience in the field of treating fibromyalgia.Read More

Dr. Boris Ratiner


Experience :  21+ Years 

Address      :  Encino, CA

About          :    Dr. Ratiner finished Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Medicine in New Orleans, where he grew up. He then moved to San Francisco, where he finished Internal Medicine Residency.  Read More


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