The Connective Tissue Disease Clinic specializes in care of patients with the following diseases: systemic lupus erythematosus, Sjogren's syndrome, scleroderma, mixed connective tissue disease and anti-phospholipid syndrome. The clinic involves multidisciplinary care and consultation with other specialists in kidney diseases (nephrologists), blood diseases (hematologists), pulmonary hypertension and ear nose and throat diseases. Staff are actively involved in basic and clinical research on these diseases.
Patients with autoimmune diseases with arthritis are evaluated for diagnosis and management in the Inflammatory Arthritis Clinic. Diagnostic and therapeutic joint aspiration and injection procedures, with and without ultrasound assistance, are performed in the clinic. Many patients also participate in research into the cause and treatments of these diseases. Diseases include rheumatoid arthritis, reactive arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, undifferentiated spondyloarthritis, psoriatic arthritis, arthritis associated with inflammatory bowel disease, Still's disease and auto inflammatory diseases.
Patients with muscle pain (inflammatory myositis) are seen in the Inflammatory Myositis Clinic. Major diseases seen here include adult and juvenile dermatomyositis, polymyositis and inclusion body myositis. As these disorders can at times involve a variety of organ systems besides muscle, an evaluation involving other specialists is often pursued. Members of the Inflammatory Myositis Clinic conduct research into the causes and treatment of inflammatory myositis in collaboration with other researchers at Mayo Clinic and around the world.
Patients with regional musculoskeletal disorders such as rotator cuff disease and osteoarthritis of the knee and hip are seen in the Musculoskeletal Clinic. This clinic is operated jointly by staff from orthopedics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and rheumatology.
Patients with all forms of vasculitis are evaluated for diagnosis and management of these complex diseases in the Vasculitis Clinic. Many patients benefit from a multidisciplinary evaluation in the Gonda Vascular Center, where rheumatologists work closely with other specialists.
The Vasculitis Clinic also conducts research into the cause and treatment of vasculitis. The clinic is a participating center in the Vasculitis Clinical Research Consortium.
Diseases treated include: Giant cell arteritis, Takayasu's arteritis, aortitis, polyarteritis nodosa, granulomatosis with polyangiitis (Wegener's granulomatosis), microscopic polyangiitis, Churg-Strauss syndrome, leukocytoclastic vasculitis, Henoch-Schonlein purpura, cryoglobulinemic vasculitis, central nervous system vasculitis and rheumatoid vasculitis.
Mayo Clinic rheumatologists support community doctors in Albert Lea and Owatonna, Minn., and Decorah, Iowa, in their care of patients with rheumatic problems through personal visits and technological connections. When necessary, doctors can refer their patients to Mayo Clinic for care unavailable locally.