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Crystal Induced Arthritis: New Understanding of Old Diseases

Dr. Terence W. Starz discusses crystals in the muscular and skeletal system.

Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe crystal-induced rheumatic diseases
  • Discuss the properties and impact of uric acid
  • Discuss evidence based management strategies for crystal-induced rheumatic diseases

Reading Resources:

  1. Neogi T. NEJM. 2011;364(5);443-452.
  2. Curr Rheumatol Rep. 2011 April; 13(2): 160–166.
  3. Zhu Y et al. Arthritis Rheum. 2011;63(10);3136-3141.


Dr. Starz has no relevant relationships with proprietary entities producing health care goods or services.

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.075) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to 0.75 contact hour.

For your credit transcript, please access our website 4 weeks post-completion at http://ccehs.upmc.edu and follow the link to the Credit Transcript page. If you do not provide the last 5 digits of your SSN on the next page you will not be able to access a CME credit transcript. Providing your SSN is voluntary.

Release Date: 3/4/2013 | Last Modified On: 4/25/2014 | Expires: 4/25/2015



Terence W. Starz, MD

Terence W. Starz, MD University of Pittsburgh Physicians
Arthritis and Internal Medicine Associates-UPMC
Office Address(es):
3500 Fifth Avenue, 4th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: (412) 682-2434
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