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When you have muscle or joint pain that does not improve, you may need the help of a rheumatologist. Rheumatic diseases (also called autoimmune diseases) include connective tissue disorders like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, as well as mixed connective tissue disease.

At National Jewish Health in Denver, Colorado, we specialize in comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of patients with autoimmune diseases. Our team of doctors – including leaders in rheumatology, immunology and allergy – works together to diagnose and treat each patient. As the leading respiratory hospital in the nation, our Autoimmune Lung Center focuses on patients with connective tissue disorders to manage lung-related problems.

Our doctors are researchers, too, so you have access to the latest rheumatologic clinical trials and most effective treatments.

 

Rheumatology Care at National Jewish Health

At National Jewish Health, you’ll find:

  • The latest clinical trials
  • A focused and integrated approach
  • A therapy plan designed especially for you
  • Nutrition advice from expert dietitians
  • Rehabilitation services, including physical and occupational therapy
  • State-of-the-art technology and expertise.
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Clinical Trials

A Linkage and Association Study in Pulmonary Fibrosis

The purpose of this study is to investigate inherited genetic factors that play a role in the development of familial pulmonary fibrosis and to identify a group of genes that predispose individuals to develop pulmonary fibrosis.  Finding the genes which play a role in pulmonary fibrosis is the first step at developing better methods for early diagnosis and improved treatment for pulmonary fibrosis. The overall hypothesis is that inherited genetic factors predispose individuals to develop pulmonary fibrosis.

The study requires the following:

  • For affected individuals, we confirm your diagnosis by reviewing your medical records. We also ask for a history questionnaire to be filled out and obtain a sample of blood or tissue for genetic studies.
  • Unaffected family members are screened with a questionnaire, and a blood sample is obtained for genetic studies.  Some family members may qualify to undergo high-resolution CT (HRCT) scan for the study.

To be eligible:

The only requirement for this study is to have at least 2 members of your family diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF).  You may be included in this number.

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Reasons to Visit National Jewish Health

  • The leading respiratory hospital in the nation and the only one devoted fully to the treatment of respiratory and related illnesses
  • Ranked as one of the top two hospitals in pulmonology every year since U.S. News & World Report included this category in its annual “Best Hospitals” survey
  • Ranked in the top 1 percent of hospitals in the nation by HCAHPS
  • Physicians frequently recognized as among the best in the nation by multiple services, including Best Doctors in America and Castle Connolly
  • Among the top 8 percent of organizations funded for research by the NIH, providing patients access to the latest clinical trials
  • 118-year history of focus on care, research and education serving thousands of patients with lung, heart, immune and related disorders

 

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