Diagnosis and Management

Having served actively in the field of rheumatology for the last 25 years, Dr. Sukhbir Uppal is skilled in the clinical evaluation and management of rheumatological diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, scleroderma, Sjogren’s syndrome, inflammatory myopathies (dermatomyositis and polymyositis), mixed connective tissue disease, antiphospholipid syndrome, and vasculitides such as Wegener’s granulomatosis, Churg-Strauss syndrome and microscopic polyangiitis.


Also, he is skilled in diagnosis and management of osteoporosis, joint infections, non-inflammatory conditions like osteoarthritis and soft tissue rheumatism such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, tenosynovitis, bursitis, enthesitis, and epicondylitis. He is also familiar with the use of musculoskeletal ultrasound for diagnosis and treatment of rheumatological disorders.


He has a special interest and great experience in the fields of rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus (“lupus”), with several research publications in international journals of repute.


Dr. Sukhbir Uppal has update practical knowledge of the administration of specialized rheumatological drugs such as disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (e.g. methotrexate, sulphasalazine, hydroxychloroquine, leflunomide, cyclosporine, mycophenolate mofetil, cyclophosphamide), biologics (e.g. infliximab, etanercept, adalimumab, rituximab, abatacept, tocilizumab) and cortisone pulse therapy.


Also, he has in-depth knowledge of modalities such as intravenous immunoglobulin therapy and plasmapheresis. He is skilled in the use and interpretation of specialized immunological tests such as RF, ANA, anti-dsDNA, serum complement proteins, serum cryoglobulins, ENAs, anti-CCP, ANCA, antiphospholipid antibodies, anti-β2GPI, B- and T-cell functions, and cytokine assays.