n South African Medical Journal - Editor's choice

Volume 105, Issue 12
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



December's CME focuses on musculoskeletal (MSK) disorders, which represent a major disease burden and challenges in the developing world, mainly because of lack of resources and poor training in diagnosis and management. Many patients with diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis have reduced life expectancy and face a lifetime of pain and other problems. The advent of the synthetic disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs has significantly improved outcomes, but the challenge of early diagnosis and initiation of treatment remains in the developing world - and these drugs are expensive.

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