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The Basics of Arthritis: Types and Treatments

Brian Pedersen, MD

Arthritis is a general term for the inflammation of joints, which is often accompanied by pain, joint swelling, and disability. While there are many different types of arthritis, the underlying cause can often be determined based on the history of the joint problem in combination with findings from a physical exam, imaging studies, and laboratory tests. This lecture will discuss the diagnostic process when a patient complains of joint pain, either as the primary symptom or in association with another disease. Topics will include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and gout.

Instructor: Brian Pedersen specializes in rheumatology. He earned his medical degree from the University of Queensland, Australia, and completed his training at UC Irvine. Dr. Pedersen is a member of the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology at UC San Diego, where he diagnoses and treats autoimmune conditions and musculoskeletal diseases that affect the joints, muscles, bones, and connective tissue.

Coordinator: Steve Wyte

Course Number: OSHR-70073   Credit: 0 units


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Dates Class Type Section ID Fee
04/20/2017 In-class 123347 $0.00  

Day and Time: Thursday, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Room 129, UCSD Extension Complex, 9600 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla