Comments of Complex Chronic Disease Taxonomy

1.1.7. Musculoskeletal Diseases/Rheumatic and Osteoarticular Disorders

MeSH:Rheumatic Disease 

Disorders of connective tissue, especially the joints and related structures, characterized by inflammation,degeneration, or metabolic derangement. Year introduced: 1990


MeSH:Osteoarthritis ( 


A progressive, degenerative joint disease, the most common form of arthritis, especially in older persons. The disease is thought to result not from the aging process but from biochemical changes and biomechanical stresses affecting articular cartilage. In the foreign literature it is often called osteoarthrosis deformans.

MeSH:Musculoskeletal Disease


Diseases of the muscles and their associated ligaments and other connective tissue and of the bones and cartilage viewed collectively. Year introduced: 1992

MeSH: Osteoporosis (

Reduction of bone mass without alteration in the composition of bone, leading to fractures. Primary osteoporosis can be of two major types: postmenopausal osteoporosis (OSTEOPOROSIS, POSTMENOPAUSAL) and age-related or senile osteoporosis.


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