Pleuropulmonary Complications of Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Thoracic Surgeon's Challenge

Natasha Rueth, Rafael S Andrade, Shawn Groth, Jonathan D'Cunha, Michael A Maddaus

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Abstract

Approximately 1% of patients with rheumatoid arthritis have chronic lung disease develop, which can lead to complications, including pneumothorax and bronchopleural fistula. Given the inflammatory changes found, along with the immunosuppressant regimen used in management, these complications are often recalcitrant to initial surgical maneuvers. Our goal in reviewing these patients is to demonstrate the escalation of therapeutic interventions that may be needed to ensure successful resolution of this challenging disease process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Volume88
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2009

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