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Common Rheumatic Diseases in the Elderly 

Common Rheumatic Diseases in the Elderly
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Common Rheumatic Diseases in the Elderly
Author(s):

Nisha J. Manek

and George Muñoz

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190466268.003.0022
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date: 17 October 2019

With increasing longevity, the prevalence and impact of rheumatic diseases are projected to rise dramatically in the coming decades. Common rheumatic diseases such as osteoarthritis typically arise among the elderly. For diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and gout, patients diagnosed at earlier ages carry the burden into their later years. Gout is associated both with comorbid conditions whose prevalence rises with age as well as with medications commonly prescribed in older people. These factors, along with the unique challenges associated with optimal diagnosis and treatment of arthritides in the elderly, suggest we can expect a “perfect storm” of health challenges for older patients and their health care providers. The chapter reviews the most common rheumatic diseases in geriatric patients and the evidence base for complementary and integrative therapies. In most cases, a multidisciplinary approach is beneficial.

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