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Rheumatology is the subspecialty of internal medicine and paediatrics devoted to the care of patients' musculoskeletal pain and arthritis. The most recent statistics showed that there are about 180 rheumatic diseases. Yet, patients often consider that rheumatic diseases are inevitable results of autoimmune compromise and aging and they are incurable diseases. 

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The Rheumatology Unit works to debunk these as untrue. Just as today's rheumatologists know much more about rheumatic diseases than they did only a few years ago, the Rheumatology Unit at the International Hospital of Bahrain is proud to be among the most advanced in the kingdom.

The Unit takes the responsibility of diagnosis and treatment of different rheumatic diseases. They also educate patients to become aware of the various rheumatic illnesses, the best possible treatments and how they can cope with these illnesses. Awareness and early diagnosis is being stressed to help the patients prevent the complications of the diseases which sometimes cause irreversible joint damage.

We have adopted the best management procedures for our patients through:

  • Continuous education of our community and our patients on rheumatic diseases (their epidemiology, clinical presentations and management).
  • Computerization of rheumatology histories from which we obtain comprehensive case analyses and diagnosis.
  • Application of the most recent medical technology in relief and pain management.
  • Coordination between the Rheumatology Unit and other departments.

We can diagnose and treat rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, Gout , polymyalgia rheumatica, fibromyalgia, polymyosistis and dermatomyositis, vascuilitis, seronegative spondyloarthropathies (e.g ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic arthritis) and different types of children's arthritis.

The Unit prides itself on having a specialised clinic for the treament of different types of osteoporosis (like Postmenopausal Osteoporosis, Male Osteoporosis and Steroid Induced Osteoporosis.

Headed by Dr. Emil Hanna, Consultant Rheumatologist, the Unit is competent in the management of various rheumatic diseases. The Unit is also capable of dealing with different disease-modiffying anti-rheumatic drugs as well as the new targeted biologic agents in the treatment of different autoimmune diseases.

World renowned rheumatologist Prof. Samir El-Badawy, visits the hospital on a regular basis, as part of the hospital’s International Patient Services Programme. Prof. Samir is President of the Pan Arab Association of Osteoporosis and Secretary of the International League of Associations of Rheumatology (ILAR).