Systemic Diseases

Inflammatory arthritis can occur in various diseases where many other organ systems such as kidneys and lungs are also involved. These diseases are also known as inflammatory connective tissue diseases (CTD). Diagnosis of these diseases requires expert rheumatology services. Onset is usually insidious with generalized symptoms such as fever, fatigue, weakness, joint pains, weight loss, skin rashes, headache, hair loss, eye pain, ulcers in mouth and others. The diagnosis is usually clinical and needs a few specialized blood tests. Other tests are performed to find out involvement of organ systems and to monitor disease progression as well as adverse effects of drugs. The disease may evolve over a period of time or may not evolve at all and it may be impossible to label the disease in early stages (Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease).