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Rheumatology Cases on the Web

Rheumatology Cases on the Web (COWs) is an online case-based series that provides an in-depth review of basic and clinical aspects and the effect of recent advances in rheumatic diseases. Expert faculty offer succinct cases on biologic safety, tuberculosis, cardiovascular disease and rheumatoid arthritis, spondyloarthropathies, and lupus, as well as the rationale for both right and wrong answers within each case.

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Case-Based Lessons

Cardiovascular Risk Screening and Management Strategies in RA: What Are We Waiting For?
Estimated Time:  15 minutes
Type:   Case-Based Lesson
Release Date:   July 14, 2015
Expiration Date:   July 14, 2018
Technical Requirements:   Flash Player
Specialties: Rheumatology/Immunology; Internal Medicine

Series Objectives

  1. Screen and identify risk factors for disease progression in RA using appropriate imaging and biomarker assays.
  2. Diagnose and manage comorbidities associated with immunosuppressive disease including cardiovascular disease, cancer, liver disease, and drug-induced osteoporosis.
  3. Assess and treat acute and chronic pain associated with rheumatic disease.
  4. Describe indications and contraindications for the herpes zoster vaccine in RA patients.
  5. Recognize and differentially diagnose atypical forms of psoriasis and axial spondyloarthropathy.
  6. Recognize and rule out "mimics" of the vasculitides.
  7. Recognize intolerance to methotrexate and describe the risks and benefit of available options for treating RA without methotrexate.
  8. List the commonly used measures of disease activity and describe their advantages and disadvantages in clinical practice.

Target Audience

This educational series is designed for rheumatologists, internal medicine physicians and other health care professionals interested in rheumatic diseases.

Activity Director

Leonard H. Calabrese, DO
Professor of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic
Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University
R.J. Fasenmyer Chair of Clinical Immunology
Orthopaedic & Rheumatologic Institute
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH