Rheumatoid Arthritis: Medical and Surgical Management

Expiry Date
: 30/11/2025
CPD Units
: 3.00 Points
: 3.7/4

The article reviews the first line treatment, the second line treatment, the new drugs and the surgical procedures for rheumatoid arthritis.

Keywords: Rheumatoid arthritis, Boutonnière deformity, Swan neck deformity, DMARDs.

Reading material:

Educational Objectives

Educational Aim:
The aim of this article is to provide the reader with a brief overview of current treatment modalities of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in general practice.

Editor's comments:
Extra articular manifestation of rheumatoid arthritis may cause permanent disability in many instances. Currently, there is no cure for this autoimmune disease, therefore; rheumatologists and general practitioners familiarize themselves with the new treatment modalities that can assist in controlling symptoms of this complex disease.

Educational Outcomes:
Upon completion of this module practitioners should have a clear understanding of:

  1. The clinical manifestations of Rheumatoid arthritis

  2. The type of drugs to be considered in the first and second line of treatment of RA
  3. The newer treatment modalities for RA
  4. The treatment goals for each treatment line
  5. The indications for and the type of surgical treatment for RA.

Instructions for this Module

  • Read the supplied reading material and complete the quiz that follows;
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  • The pass grade is 70%;
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