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The elderly patient 

The elderly patient
Chapter:
The elderly patient
Source:
Oxford Textbook of Rheumatology (4 ed.)
Author(s):

Fraser Birrell

and Janice O’Connell

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199642489.003.0004_update_001
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In this chapter, we describe how the process of ageing can itself affect the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. We outline general principles concerning the clinical presentation of rheumatological diseases in older patients, as well as providing specific guidance on the diagnosis and management of the commoner conditions encountered in practice in the United Kingdom.

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