Rheumatology and the Kidney
Synopsis This text provides up-to-date information on disorders that affect the kidneys as well as the joints. These disorders often affect several systems in the body and many have an immunological basis. The majority of chapters in this book focus on specific diseases and examine their aetiology, pathogenesis, immunological basis and pathology. In addition the clinical features, approaches to treatment and outcome are described. Overall these chapters provide a balanced view of the understanding of these conditions. The major syndromes of Rheumatologic diseases reviewed include systemic lupus erythematosus, the vasculitides (including Wegener's granulomatosis), polyarteritis nodosa, microscopic polyangiitis, Churg Strauss syndrome, Takayasu's disease and Henoch-Schonlein purpura, and systemic sclerosis. Other chapters cover amyloidosis and hepatitis B and C associated systemic disease. Finally, there are chapters on the nephrotoxicity of drugs used in the treatment of rheumatologic diseases and also on rheumatologic complications following renal transplantation.