Systemic RA: Lungs

RA: Not Just a Joint Disease

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Lung Disease in RA: Most Occurs After Diagnosis

In a large, single-center cohort of patients with rheumatoid arthritis-interstitial lung disease (RA-ILD), most patients were seropositive and had a history of smoking, a recent study found, although ILD most commonly occurred after the RA diagnosis. Researchers identified all patients with RA and I…

Be vigilant for restrictive lung disease in RA

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Retrospective study of the clinical characteristics and risk factors of rheumatoid arthritis-associated interstitial lung disease

This study aims to explore the clinical characteristics and risk factors of rheumatoid arthritis (RA)-associated interstitial lung disease (ILD). This is a retrospective study of 550 patients with RA.

Over 40% of RA patients develop interstitial lung disease, most manifesting within the first 10 years of disease.  The majority are of the NSIP type (vs UIP).

Risk factors are: age, smoking, elevated LDH, and RF positivity.

Rituximab May Reduce Mortality Risk in Rheumatoid Lung Disease

While it is known that rheumatoid arthritis (RA)…