Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology
At the Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology Division of the Department of Medicine at SUNY: Upstate Medical University, we see patients with joint diseases that occur with systemic inflammation.
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Our rheumatology providers diagnose and treat systemic autoimmune and autoinflammatory diseases, including:
- Systemic lupus erythematosus
- Antiphospholipid syndrome
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Psoriatic arthritis
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Polymyalgia rheumatica
- Vasculitis (various forms)
Autoimmune conditions often occur with immune deficiency syndromes, which we also diagnose and treat.
The Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology Division has been designated as a Center of Excellence by the Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies and it is home for the Phillips Lupus and Autoimmunity Center of Excellence (LACE).
What Is Rheumatology?
Rheumatology is a branch of medicine that deals with diseases and conditions that affect the joints, muscles, and bones. These conditions can be quite debilitating and cause a lot of pain and inflammation. If you are experiencing symptoms like joint pain, swelling, pain of muscles and bones, stiffness, or redness, you should see a rheumatologist.
The field of rheumatology is divided into five main branches: musculoskeletal, connective tissue, autoimmune, crystal-associated, and pediatric. Each branch specializes in a certain type of disease. For example, the musculoskeletal branch focuses on diseases that affect the muscles and bones, while the connective tissue branch specializes in diseases that affect the connective tissues.
Some of the most common diseases that fall under the umbrella of rheumatology include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and scleroderma. Osteoarthritis is a condition that causes pain and inflammation in the joints, while rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in the joints. Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can affect any part of the body, and scleroderma is a rare autoimmune disease that affects the skin and other organs.
Conditions Our Rheumatologists Treat
Rheumatologists at the Department of Medicine at SUNY: Upstate Medical University care for patients with a variety of disorders, including:
If you are experiencing any symptoms that could be indicative of a rheumatic disease, it is important to see a rheumatologist.