American College of Rheumatology

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The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) is an ethically-driven, professional membership organization committed to improving the care of patients with rheumatic disease and advancing the rheumatology sub-specialty.[1] Its headquarters is in Atlanta, Georgia, US.[2]

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Founded in 1934, they are a not-for-profit, global medical society that serves over 8,400 physicians, health professionals, and scientists worldwide. They are a professional membership organization committed to improving the care of patients with rheumatic disease and advancing the rheumatology sub-specialty.[3]

Types of rheumatic diseases[edit | edit source]

  • Osteoarthritis, the most prevalent type of arthritis, which primarily affects and destroys cartilage, the soft tissue that cushions the ends of bones within joints
  • Gout, a type of arthritis that develops when needle-like crystals of uric acid deposit in the joints, most often those of the big toe
  • Bursitis, an inflammation of the bursas small fluid-filled sacs that reduce friction between bones
  • Ankylosing spondylitis, the most common spondyloarthropathy, which may affect the hips, shoulders, and knees, in addition to the spine
  • Reactive arthritis, or Reiter's syndrome, a spondlyoarthropathy that develops after an infection of the urinary tract, bowels, or other organs
  • Scleroderma, or systemic sclerosis, an autoimmune rheumatic disease that leads to a thickening and tightening of the skin and inflammation and scarring in various other parts of the body, including the blood vessels, joints, and certain organs

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. "About Us". www.rheumatology.org. Retrieved Nov 17, 2019. 
  2. "Contact". www.rheumatology.org. Retrieved Nov 17, 2019. 
  3. "American College of Rheumatology". www.rheumatology.org. Retrieved Nov 17, 2019. 
  4. "Rheumatic Diseases - Types, Causes, Risks & Symptoms | Everyday Health". EverydayHealth.com. Retrieved Nov 17, 2019. 

cartilage - firm, whitish, flexible connective tissue found in various forms in the larynx and respiratory tract, in structures such as the external ear, and in the articulating surfaces of joints

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