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Session Information

FOC U075 - A Practical Approach to Adult and Pediatric Autoimmune Connective Tissue Diseases

Open admission to eligible categories, no tuition or ticket


Date: Tuesday, March 25

CME Credits: 1.50

Location: Room 708/710

Time: 7:15 AM - 8:45 AM

Director: Alisa Femia, MD, FAAD

Learning Objectives:
Following this course, the attendee should be able to:

  • Diagnose adult and pediatric autoimmune connective tissue diseases based on cutaneous manifestations
  • Formulate an algorithm for appropriate work-up of autoimmune connective tissue diseases
  • Determine an appropriate treatment regimen and monitoring schedule for patients with autoimmune connective tissue diseases

Cutaneous autoimmune connective tissue diseases may have a negative impact on health-related quality of life in both pediatric and adult populations. Due to the rarity of many of these conditions, the paucity of Level 1 evidence guiding work-up and management, and the frequent need for immunosuppressive therapy, many challenges exist when managing these conditions. This session will focus on diagnosis, work-up, and management of challenging adult and pediatric autoimmune connective tissue diseases seen in a dermatology-rheumatology clinic in a tertiary care academic center, and will include an interactive case-based discussion of sclerosing disorders, lupus erythematosus, dermatomyositis, vasculitis and vasculopathies.