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Immunology vs Rheumatology

Discussion in 'Internal Medicine and IM Subspecialties' started by BlackSails, Jul 11, 2007.

  1. BlackSails

    BlackSails 2+ Year Member

    Apr 4, 2007
    What exactly is the difference between these specialities? From what I see, they both deal mostly with auto immune diseases.
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  3. ny skindoc

    ny skindoc Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 30, 2002
    Usually Immunology is considered part of the subspecialty Allergy/Immunology which mostly is concerned with asthma,allergic conditions,immunotherapy,sinus issues and immunology as it relates to these.
    There is some overlap with rheum but the fields are very different in terms of the types of patients they see and overall scope of practice.

  4. Tapout

    Tapout Member 5+ Year Member

    Jun 3, 2005
    rheum = bone/joint (musculoskeletal and connective tissue disease), the vasculitides and anti-phospholipid antibody syndrome which encompass several autoimmune disorders in total. Not all of rheum is autoimmune in nature.

    most specialities cover disease processes with some version of autoimmunity.

    Immunology is as posted above, very different then rheum but some of the disease processes have similar molecular mechanisms.

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