Patients with lupus, dermatomyositis, scleroderma and other connective tissue diseases may present with cutaneous symptoms in early or advance disease states. While some may only involve the skin, others may indicate the possibility of underlying systemic involvement. Dermatology nurses and advanced practice clinicians attending this session will be able to identify cutaneous manifestations of autoimmune associated connective tissue diseases along with appropriate diagnostics for an accurate diagnosis. Attendees will describe therapeutic options and appropriate referral for optimal patient outcomes.
Review anatomy and pathophysiology of cutaneous symptoms and autoimmune aasociated conntective tissue diseases.
Discuss diagnosis and management of cutaneous manifestations of the most common autoimmune disease and appropriate differential diagnosis.
Discuss pharmacotherapeutics of targeted therapies for management of cutaneous symptoms of autoimmune diseases.