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Under the sonorous title of palindromic (recurrent) rheumatism Hench and Rosenberg1 have described a "new" and interesting malady which appears to be readily distinguishable from the ordinary types of arthritis. According to these authors the syndrome is characterized by brief recurring attacks of pain, swelling, tenderness and redness in or about a joint, with variable and often marked temporary disability. There is no fever or notable constitutional disturbance, and recovery is invariably complete, the joints suffering no permanent injury.
The onset of an attack was usually abrupt, the pain reaching a maximum within three hours and sometimes within half an
PALINDROMIC RHEUMATISM. Ann Intern Med. ;20:710–713. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-20-4-710
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1944;20(4):710-713.
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