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Rheumatology Apps Not Ready for Prime Time. But ....

Experts and critics say the mobile apps designed for rheumatologists and their patients aren't good enough yet to be clinically useful. But there are reasons why you may have to learn about them anyway ...


The mother of a 4-year old girl complained that the child had been "pulling at her bottom" for several weeks, presumably imitating her younger brother. Visual inspection of the area revealed the real problem.

A baby boy born after normal vaginal delivery at 36 weeks’ gestation was noted to have a distinct abdominal wall lesion. Apgar scores were 8 and 9 at 1 and 5 minutes, respectively.

A 7-year-old boy was brought for evaluation of a rash on the chin that had appeared 2 weeks earlier. It was slightly itchy. The mother had applied a topical corticosteroid for a few days but then stopped because of worsening of the lesion.

Despite curettage several months earlier, the facial rash on this 4-year-old boy had spread across both cheeks and was now mildly pruritic.

A 10-year-old boy injured his left elbow during football practice. He subsequently had pain with normal range of motion of the elbow.

This erythematous, blanching papular rash developed on the trunk of a 20-month-old boy 3 days after he became ill with a low-grade fever (temperature of 38.3ºC [101ºF]) and mild upper respiratory tract infection symptoms.

The bump on this 5-year-old girl's left wrist had been gradually enlarging. The child could not remember how long it had been present.


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