Autoimmune Myopathies

What is it? Autoimmune myopathies are a group of diseases that involve inflammation of the muscles and may be associated with diseases of internal organs. Diseases affecting muscles include polymyositis,…

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Fibromyalgia

What is it? Fibromyalgia (FM), previously referred to as fibrositis, is a common condition that is characterized by widespread aching and stiffness in muscles and soft tissues and fatigue. The…

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Psoriatic Arthritis

Synonyms:  PsA, Psoriatic spondylitis ICD-9 Code: Psoriatic arthritis, 696.0; cutaneous psoriasis 696.1. ICD-10 Code: Psoriatic arthritis L40.5; cutaneous psoriasis vulgaris L40.0 What is it? Psoriatic arthritis is an inflammatory arthropathy…

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Ankylosing Spondylitis

Also known as: Axial Spondyloarthritis, Bekhterev's Disease ICD-9 Code: 720.0. ICD-10 Code: M08.1 What is it? AS is a common inflammatory condition associated with inflammatory axial and peripheral arthritis, enthesitis and other…

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Rheumatoid Arthritis

ICD-9 Code: RA, 714.0; Felty syndrome, 714.1; rheumatoid vasculitis, 447.6; rheumatoid nodules, 729.89. ICD-10 Code: M05 – M06 What is it? RA is a chronic, progressive, systemic inflammatory disorder in which the…

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Gout

What is it? Gout is an inflammatory disorder caused by tissue deposition of monosodium urate (MSU) crystals. Several descriptive terms are often used in association with gout: Acute gout: Single…

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Scleroderma

Synonyms: Progressive systemic sclerosis (PSS); diffuse scleroderma; limited scleroderma (see also CREST syndrome); localized scleroderma (morphea, linear scleroderma). ICD-9 Code: Progressive systemic sclerosis and CREST 710.1; PSS with lung involement 517.2; Circumscribed scleroderma 701.0 ICD-10…

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Osteoarthritis

What is it? Osteoarthritis (OA), or degenerative joint disease, is the most common form of arthritis. It most often affects middle-aged and older people, involving the neck, lower back, knees,…

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