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Rheumatology 

Rheumatology
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Rheumatology
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10.1093/med/9780199233717.003.0012
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date: 22 October 2019

Rheumatological investigations 686

Inflammatory markers 686

Haematology 688

Biochemistry tests 689

Autoantibodies 691

Arthrocentesis 694

Neurophysiology 695

Diagnostic imaging 696

Investigations in rheumatology are important not only in diagnosis, but also in assessing disease activity and monitoring treatment. They are complementary to a careful history and physical examination, and should only be requested in the correct clinical context where results are likely to affect management. In isolation, ‘abnormal’ results can lead to unwarranted anxiety, investigations and treatment....

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