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What is a systemic disease?
Michele Meltzer, MD
Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA

Date Added: 05/22/13

A systemic disease, which is what rheumatoid arthritis is, is it's not just the joints. It can affect other parts of the body and one of the nice things about the new medications that we have, mainly the biologics and even methotrexate, is we're seeing fewer of these, we call them extraarticular, e...
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Dr. Michele Meltzer, MD, joined the staff of Thomas Jefferson University in 2007. She is currently working with ILAR (International League of Associations for Rheumatology) East Africa to improve opportunities to learn about rheumatic disease in Africa as well as India. She has been active in rheumatology professional societies including the Philadelphia Rheumatism Society and the American College of Rheumatology.
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