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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
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.
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08 Jul 2019
29 Oct 2015
|BMJ Learning||1 credit, 1:00 hour||BMJ Learning has assigned one hour of credit to this module|