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Joint manifestations are the common clinical thread that connects the rheumatic diseases. Extraarticular manifestations are also common, however, and are of vital importance to disease definition, differential diagnosis, and a furthering of insight into disease mechanisms and pathogenesis. Ocular and mucocutaneous lesions, which comprise some of the most important of these extraarticular manifestations, are presented in detail.
The introductory section is an interesting conceptual discussion of the overlapping nature of many of the connective-tissue diseases. Although some of the concepts are open to argument, the material serves as a stimulus to further studies aimed at answering some of the questions
Oculocutaneous Manifestations of Rheumatic Diseases.. Ann Intern Med. ;80:436–437. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-80-3-436_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1974;80(3):436-437.
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