1 hour

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Hospital presentations: joint swelling

A case based module for internal medicine trainees on how to assess and manage a patient who has a swollen joint

Learning outcomes

After completing this module, you should have the knowledge and confidence to:

  • Differentiate between mono-, oligo-, and polyarthritis and recall principal causes for each
  • Arrange timely joint aspiration when appropriate to investigate for a septic cause
  • Recognise the importance of history for clues to the diagnosis
  • Order, interpret, and act on initial investigations: blood tests, radiographs, joint aspiration, cultures
  • Recall treatment options for acute arthritides
  • Practise safe prescribing of analgesia, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) for rheumatoid arthritis
  • Be aware of second-line therapy and its complications.

Written by:

 Jonathan Pinnell, Shirley Rigby

Peer reviewed by:

Selwyn Richards

Last updated

20 May 2020

Release date

29 Oct 2015


Accreditor credit Accreditation statement
BMJ Learning 1 credit, 1:00 hour BMJ Learning has assigned one hour of credit to this module
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