Systemic and Localized Inflammatory Diseases of Older Adults

Seema Malkana, Leslie D. Kerr

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Inflammatory musculoskeletal conditions in older adults can severely impact function and quality of life if left untreated. Therefore, the primary care provider should be attuned to differences between osteoarthritis and conditions such as elderly onset rheumatoid arthritis, polymyalgia rheumatica, crystal arthritis, complex regional pain syndrome, and remitting seronegative symmetrical synovitis with pitting edema. Key diagnostic considerations and initial management steps will be reviewed. Rheumatologic conditions exclusively found in older adults and localized painful musculoskeletal conditions will also be discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRheumatology for Primary Care Providers
Subtitle of host publicationA Clinical Casebook
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9783030806996
ISBN (Print)9783030806989
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2021


  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Giant cell arteritis
  • Gout
  • Polymyalgia rheumatica
  • Pseudogout
  • Synovitis


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