Rheumatologic diseases in the intensive care unit: epidemiology, clinical approach, management, and outcome.

@article{Janssen2002RheumatologicDI,
  title={Rheumatologic diseases in the intensive care unit: epidemiology, clinical approach, management, and outcome.},
  author={Namieta M Janssen and Dilip R. Karnad and Kalpalatha K. Guntupalli},
  journal={Critical care clinics},
  year={2002},
  volume={18 4},
  pages={729-48}
}
Patients with systemic rheumatic diseases may be admitted to the ICU because of worsening of or development of a new manifestation of the rheumatic disease, infections caused by immunosuppression, or adverse effects of drugs used to treat rheumatic diseases. Sometimes an unrelated, acute disorder may become life threatening because of the underlying rheumatic disorder. Rheumatoid arthritis is the most common rheumatic disease seen in ICU patients, followed by systemic lupus erythematosus and… CONTINUE READING