American College of Rheumatology
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. Its headquarters is in Atlanta, Georgia, US.
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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.
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
- Rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system mistakenly attacks the synovium, a soft tissue that lines the joints, leading to inflammation
- Fibromyalgia, a chronic condition marked by tender points and localized pain throughout the musculoskeletal system
- Systemic lupus erythematosus, or simply lupus, an autoimmune disorder that causes inflammation in numerous parts of the body, including the joints, skin, kidneys, blood, lungs, heart, and brain
- 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
- Juvenile idiopathic arthritis, the most common form of arthritis in children, which may be accompanied by fevers and rashes
- Infectious arthritis, or arthritis that's caused by an infection, such as Lyme disease or Neisseria gonorrhoeae, the bacteria behind gonorrhea
- Psoriatic arthritis, a type of arthritis (and also considered a spondlyoarthropathy) that affects the fingers and toes and is associated with the skin disease psoriasis
- 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
- Polymyalgia rheumatica, which causes pain and stiffness in tendons, muscles, ligaments, and tissues around joints
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References[edit | edit source]
- "About Us". www.rheumatology.org. Retrieved Nov 17, 2019.
- "Contact". www.rheumatology.org. Retrieved Nov 17, 2019.
- "American College of Rheumatology". www.rheumatology.org. Retrieved Nov 17, 2019.
- "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