Download Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Giant Cell Arteritis PDF

Download Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Giant Cell Arteritis PDF
by Jozef Rovenský (Author, Editor), Burkhard F. Leeb (Author, Editor), Howard Bird (Author), Viera Štvrtinová (Author), Richard Imrich (Author, Editor), Howard A. Bird (Editor), Viera #tvrtinová (Editor)

This monograph offers current insights into polymyalgia rheumatica and giant cell arteritis. Both diseases are typical for advanced age and their incidences increase with aging. Early diagnosis and rapid treatment can save one of the most precious senses – our vision. This book provides an overview on the pathophysiology, their genetic, immunologic, endocrinologic mechanism of these diseases, but most important it deals with state-of-the-art diagnosis and current treatment in elderly with the attempt to diagnose and treat these rheumatic diseases even faster and more effectively in the future.

In the present monograph, we offer current insights into polymyalgia rheumatica and giant cell arthritis. Both diseases are typical for advanced age, and their incidences increase with aging. Both diseases are a center point of interest not only for rheumatologists, gerontologists, ophthalmologists or neurologists, but also for general practitioners. Early diagnosis and rapid treatment, mainly with glucocorticoids can save one of the most precious senses-vision. Damage to other organs (heart, aorta, coronary arteries, liver, lungs, kidneys), which are supplied by the arteries affected by ischemic syndrome in the setting of giant cell arthritis, has serious consequences as well. Late diagnosis of giant cell arthritis can have fatal consequences for affected patients. 
It is a matter of fact that the human population is aging. Therefore, more attention has to be paid not only to diagnosis, clinical course and treatment of rheumatic diseases in elderly, but also to their genetic, immunologic, endocrinologic, chronobiologic mechanisms, and state-of-the-art diagnostic modalities. I am convinced that the interdisciplinary research of the diseases will allow us to diagnose and treat the rheumatic diseases even faster and more effectively in the future. The monograph is a result of cooperation among five institutions; the National Institute of Rheumatic Diseases in Piestany, Slovakia; Clinical Pharmacology Unit, Chapel Allerton Hospital Leeds, United Kingdom, the Department of Rheumatology in Stockerau, Austria; the Medical School of Comenius University in Bratislava and the Institute of Experimental Endocrinology in Bratislava, Slovakia. It is my great pleasure to appreciate the Slovak Research and Development Agency (APVV) for its financial support of polymyalgia rheumatica and giant cell arthritis research (this work was supported by Science and Technology Assistance Agency under the contract. No APVT-21-032304)

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