Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune-mediated joint disease that leads to chronic inflammation of the synovium with destruction of cartilage and bone

Jay H. Ryu

2014

Scholarcy highlights

  • Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune-mediated joint disease that leads to chronic inflammation of the synovium with destruction of cartilage and bone
  • Smoking increases the risk of RA as well as RA-related lung disease
  • Rheumatoid lung nodules can be confused for malignancy
  • Bronchiectasis, and small airways disease including constrictive bronchiolitis which can cause progressive airflow obstruction resulting in respiratory failure
  • Drug-induced lung disease and pulmonary infections are relatively common in this patient population
  • Appropriate management of pulmonary disease in patients with Rheumatoid arthritis depends on identifying the exact nature of the pulmonary involvement and its severity as well as the underlying cause and individual patient context

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