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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 207-215

Inflammatory rheumatic diseases in the elderly


Department of Clinical Immunology, JIPMER, Puducherry, India

Correspondence Address:
Vir Singh Negi
Department of Clinical Immunology, JIPMER, Puducherry - 605 006
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0973-3698.192684

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Rapid aging of world's population will translate into more elderly patients in the near future. Diagnosis of inflammatory rheumatic diseases in this age group is complicated by atypical clinical features compared to the younger onset group, nonspecific positivity of serological parameters, and confounding radiological signs. Management of these diseases also presents unique challenges in lieu of altered physiology of elderly, cognitive decline, presence of comorbidities, and altered immune system (inflammaging). Hence, this review attempts to synthesize the existing knowledge of the clinical, diagnostic, and therapeutic idiosyncrasies of inflammatory rheumatic diseases in this subgroup of population.


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