Presentations and Workshops with Practical Case Studies
Over the course of the day, presentations and case discussions had been alternating. Two conference halls were available for the practical part, enabling the participants to engage better in conversation with the experts while interactively analyzing cases to delve deeper into the topics.
It was up to the participants whether they used the iPads provided or their own devices to download and analyze the cases. For anyone interested in working on the didactically edited cases even after the event, a temporary learning module had been prepared for download in the BerlinCaseViewer app.
Rheumatism: Can You Solve This Case?
One case in particular caught the participants’ interest: that of a 45-year-old female patient who complained of severe back and neck pain in the cervical spine. How would you have solved the case? Here you can study the example at your own pace:
An urgent MRI scan was arranged and showed a clear prevertebral, inflammatory soft tissue process. On closer inspection, a calcium deposit in front of the dens axis could already be seen in the MRI. The ordered X-ray and CT examinations confirmed the faint calcification.
Ultimately, it was a calcium deposit that had formed at the base of the longus colli muscle. This muscle runs between the first cervical vertebra, the atlas (C1), and the third thoracic vertebra (T3). Calcifications of the enthesis are rare here, but can appear like an abscess anterior to the spine. Painkillers such as NSAIDs and, in persistent cases, transoral punctures or operations to remove the calcium deposits can be used therapeutically.
Looking Forward to the Next Rheuma-Day
During breaks, the conversations continued about the various rheumatic diseases, their clinical appearance, and various diagnostic options. In addition to the exchange among each other, there was also the opportunity to get in touch with the representatives of the sponsors Novartis Pharma GmbH and Bayer Pharma AG.
The positive feedback was mainly due to the hands-on approach of the workshops during the event. The remaining question came down to this: When will the next Rheuma-Day take place? Be the first to know and subscribe to our newsletter below.
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