Palindromic rheumatism

What is palindromic rheumatism? What does it mean?

Palindromic rheumatism is a recurrent syndrome of acute arthritis and periarthritis. Palindromic means “recurring” and is derived from a Greek word that literally means “to run back.” The term palindromic was introduced by Hench and Rosenberg in 1944 as descriptive of the syndrome. They preferred rheumatism to arthritis because of the frequent involvement of periarticular structures and occasional presence of subcutaneous nodules.

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