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Division of Rheumatology
   “Rheuma” is a term which was first introduced to mean "a flowing liquid substance" in the era of Hippocrates, from which a term ‘rheumatism' generally refers to the phenomenon that a certain substance, which flows through the body, causes myalgia or arthralgia and then results in a disease on musculoskeletal or whole body system. Rheumatic disease is the most common entity that causes a physical disability in the developed countries, and it is also one of the most common chronic diseases. Economic, social and mental burdens for this disease are tremendous. Recently in Korea, with the explosively increased elderly population, it has been considered as the serious social and economic problem.

   Arthritis is the inflammation in the joints between the bones, and it can induce swelling and heat. Arthritis would rather be regarded as one of the symptoms caused by various rheumatic diseases than be considered as the disease itself.

   The number of causative diseases for arthritis exceeds approximately 100. The symptoms that can occur in patients with arthritis include heat, pain, erythema, stiffness and malfunction in the joint. The major joints which are vulnerable to arthritis include knee, finger, toe, shoulder, wrist, ankle, vertebra (neck and waist) and buttock (hip joint). Arthritis can also provoke fatigue, myalgia, heat, decreased appetite, decreased vitality and depression. Of the cases of arthritis, the most prevalent ones include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and ankylosing spondylitis. These are called five major rheumatic diseases.

   In addition, there are other various rheumatic diseases including Behcet's disease, reactive arthritis, septic arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, crystal induced arthritis (gout and pseudogout), systemic sclerosis (scleroderma), polymyositis, dermatomyositis, relapsing polychondritis, Sjogren’s syndrome, antiphospholipid syndrome, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, adult onset Still's disease, systemic vasculitis (polyarteritis nodosa, Wegener's granulomatosis, allergic granulomatosis, temporal arteritis, Takayasu's arteritis, Kawasaki disease etc.), fibromyalgia, polymyalgia rheumatica with giant cell arteritis and myofascial pain syndrome. Differential diagnoses of these diseases cannot be easily made, and the treatment for them is diverse in many cases.

   Division of rheumatology is one of internal medicine, where the musculoskeletal pain spontaneously developed, not because of trauma or accident, and various autoimmune diseases are diagnosed and treated. In recent years, with the brilliant advancement of medicine and scientific technology, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus and ankylosing spondylitis, which were all considered as an incurable disease in the past, have been gradually overcome. It can be said that a further possibility for the development of division of rheumatology will be unlimited both clinically and academically.
Clinic of Rheumatology
  1. Early Arthritis Clinic
Medical Staff
Medical Staff
Doctor Academic Appointment Subspecialty
Song, Jung Soo
M.D., Ph D.
Professor, Department of Rheumatology/Internal Medicine, Chung-Ang University, School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea  gout, rheumatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, lupus, Behcet disease, osteoarthritis 
Choi, Sang Tae
M.D., Ph D.
Associate Professor, Department of Rheumatology Chung-Ang University, School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea  rheumatic arthritis, lupus, ankylosing spondylitis, osteoarthritis, gout, Behcet disease