Rheumatology

 

Rheumatology is a medical super-speciality branch to deal with arthritis as well as other connective tissue disorders or autoimmune disorders.

 

Doctor List

  • Dr. Soumya Dey, MBBS, MD, DM (Rheumatology)

 

WHEN TO VISIT A RHEUMATOLOGIST:

The following are some of the conditions for which one should see a Rheumatologist :

  • Joint pain or joint swelling

  • Chronic low back pain with stiffness on waking up in the morning

  • Rash

  • Oral ulcers

  • Unexplained prolonged fever

  • Unexplained weight loss

  • Fatigue

  • Excessive sensitivity to sunlight (photosensitivity)

  • Breathlessness / Dry cough (especially if one has been diagnosed with Interstitial Lung Disease)

  • Unexplained blackening / gangrene of fingers or toes

  • Color change in the fingers on exposure to cold (fingers becoming pale or bluish black)

  • Unexplained redness in the eyes (especially if recurrent)

  • Unexplained skin ulcers

  • Painful nodules, especially if they are red

  • Lack of pulses in hands or feet

  • Unexplained low hemoglobin / platelet / WBC

  • Dryness of the eyes and mouth

 

DISEASES TREATED BY A RHEUMATOLOGIST IN THE OPD CLINIC AND INPATIENT DEPARTMENT :

Contrary to popular belief, Rheumatology doesn’t only mean treatment of arthritis. There are a lot of diseases occurring in all possible age groups right from childhood to adulthood to old age, that should be treated under the primary care of a Rheumatologist, of which some of the more common ones are as follows :

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Ankylosing spondylitis/Axial Spondyloarthritis (SpA)

  • Psoriatic arthritis

  • SLE/Lupus

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Gout

  • Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) (Childhood arthritis)

  • Takayasu Arteritis

  • Kawasaki Disease

  • Sjogren’s syndrome

  • Reactive arthritis

  • Enteropathic arthritis

  • Henoch Schonlein Purpura (IgA Vasculitis)

  • ANCA associated Vasculitis

  • Polyarteritis Nodosa (PAN)

  • Myositis / Dermatomyositis / Polymyositis

  • Scleroderma / Systemic sclerosis

  • Adult Onset Still’s Disease

  • Behcet’s disease

  • Sarcoidosis

  • Panniculitis / erythema nodosum

  • Osteoporosis

  • Anti Phospholipid Syndrome

  • Mixed Connective Tissue Disease (MCTD)

  • Fibromyalgia

 

RHEUMATOLOGY SERVICES PROVIDED AT RUBY GENERAL HOSPITAL:

  • Daily Rheumatology OPD/Clinic (Monday to Saturday)

  • Administration of Biologicals including Infliximab, Adalimumab, Golimumab, Secukinumab, Tocilizumab, Rituximab etc

  • Joint injections/aspiration

  • Administration of soft tissue injections

  • Musculoskeletal imaging (X ray, USG, CT scan, MRI)