Department of Internal Medicine, State University of New York, USA
*Corresponding author: Isabel M McFarlane, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Associate Program Director Residency Program, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, New York, USA, Email: Isabel.Mcfarlane@downstate.edu
Submission: October 18, 2017; Published: March 12, 2018
Volume1 Issue1 March 2018
When evaluating joint complaints in adult sickle cell disease (SCD) patients, a number of sickle cell-based entities come to mind such as avascular necrosis, osteomyelitis, bone infarcts, and septic arthritis. However, another important cause of joint disease is to be considered, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), this diagnosis is generally overlooked and rarely considered. Anecdotal reports highlighted the occurrence of RA in SCD presenting as diagnostic challenges for cases with chronic inflammatory arthritis, joint effusions, erosive arthritis and non-gouty arthritis [1-3].