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Department of Internal Medicine for Rheumatology

Introduction to the Department

Specialists in the internal medicine department for Rheumatology play the role of determining whether symptoms occurring in musculoskeletal systems and various organs are due to rheumatic diseases, and if they are, identifying correctly which diseases among the rheumatic diseases have been contracted by patients to treat the rheumatic diseases internally Rheumatic diseases can show very diverse symptoms in addition to joint symptoms; sometimes, symptoms in organs other than joints appear before the symptoms in joints; hence the difficulty in determining those situations wherein consulting with and diagnoses or treatments by specialists in the internal medicine department for Rheumatology are necessary. As such, changes in symptoms are sometimes observed under close cooperation between doctors and patients to diagnose the disease accurately and to establish treatment plans.

Symptoms in the musculoskeletal system

  • When pains in joints, muscles or bones persist for 4 weeks or longer
  • When joint areas swell or turn reddish
  • When pains or stiff feeling in the joint areas including the waist are relieved only after 30 minutes later or longer.
  • When muscular strength is reduced

Symptoms in other organs

  • Cases wherein the fingertips or toe tips whiten or change when coming into contact with coldwater or during winter when blood does not circulate well.
  • Skin rash accompanied by systemic symptoms
  • Cases wherein mouth diseases occur repeatedly (cases wherein ulcer occurs on the tongue or on the gum)
  • Cases wherein xeroma is severe or is accompanied by mouth dryness
  • Cases wherein inflammation occurs repeatedly in the globe
  • Cases wherein fever of unknown origin occurs (fever with an uncertain cause)

Treatments & Services

  • Rheumatic arthritis, Osteoarthritis (degenerative arthritis), Spondyloarthropathy including ankylosing spondylitis, Gouty arthritis, Systemic lupus erythematosus, Systemic sclerosis, Sjogren syndrome, Inflammatory myotitis, Vasculitis such as Behcet disease, Wegener’s granulomatosis, Fibrositis 
  • The internal medicine department for Rheumatology is working with the orthopedic surgery department at the joint center. 
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Lee, Yun-Jong | M.D.

As a rheumatology specialist, Lee did his residency at SNU Hospital and had training as visiting scholar at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. His practice involves patients with arthritis and systemic rheumatic disease, and he has clinical interest in vasculitis including Behcet’s disease, Sjogren syndrome, and systemic sclerosis. His current research includes basic research on pathophysiology and new treatments using arthritis synovial cells and chondrocytes and salivary gland and skin cells.
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Kang, Eun-Ha | M.D.

Dr. Kang’s current research includes the development of novel therapeutic substance against rheumatoid arthritis using Korean traditional herb extracts. To investigate the action mechanisms of these extracts and to assess their efficacy, molecular works and animal studies are being performed. As an active rheumatologist, she is also involved in studies to investigate the long term prognostic factors regarding interstitial lung disease found in systemic sclerosis and inflammatory myopathy.
Ha, You-Jung

Ha, You-Jung | M.D.
Specialty : Rheumatologic diseases - arthritis, autoimmune disease, connective tissue disorder



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