Rheumatology & Immunology
The Department of Rheumatology & Immunology of West China Hospital has the highest level of diagnosis and treatment technique of rheumatoid disease in western area of China, and it is the only one in the region that can confer Master degree of Medicine in rheumatology. There are 14 doctors and 24 nurses in the department. Five of the doctors are professors or vice-professors and 10 are attending doctors or residents. All the doctors have good education background. Thirteen of them have Master degree and one of them have doctoral degrees. Among the nurses, 15 of them have more than 3 years of clinical nursing experience and 6 of them are clinical nurse specialists.
The Department of Rheumatology & Immunology specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of rheumatic disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, scleroderma, polymyositis, dermatomyositis, SjÖgren’s syndrome, gout, inflammatory arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, osteoarthitis and systemic vasculitis etc. and other systemic diseases which have rheumatoid manifestations. Recently, The Department has reached the most advanced level of diagnosis and treatment of difficult and severe rheumatoid arthritis by using many advanced technics. For example, biopsy of skin and muscles helps to elevate the diagnostic rate of polymyositis and dermatomyositis; intrajoint injection improves the symptoms of arthritis and decreases the malformation of joints; the remission rate of intravenous impulse of cyclophosphamide for lupus nephritis is up to 70%; and the administration of some new drugs such as lefunomide and mycophenolated mofetill gives new hopes to patients with refractory connective tissue disease.
The Department of Rheumatology & Immunology has 64 beds and provide medical services for 36,000 outpatients and 2,000 inpatients per year. It is considered by many institutions in the field as a leader in rheumatology in Southwestern China. Two of our doctors hold position in the committee of Chinese Society of Rheumatology. They are also the president and vice president of Rheumatoid Committees in Sichuan and Chengdu and editors of professional journals.
The Department of Rheumatology & Immunology undertakes 6 research tasks of Sichuan Science & Technology Department. Recently, the department has published quite a few scientific articles in different professional journals. It also published a professional book Hand book of diagnosis and treatment of rheumatoid disease.
Rheumatology is a relatively new field in China. All the doctors and nurses in The Department of Rheumatology & Immunology will make every effort to improve ourselves in the diagnosis and treatment of rheumatoid disease and provide a better service to the people of Southwestern China.