Complex obstructive lung disease – A diagnostic and management conundrum
JournalRespiratory Medicine Case Reports
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AbstractRheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a common autoimmune disease most well-known for its inflammatory, destructive polyarthropathy. Extraarticular manifestations of the disease may involve the respiratory system, including interstitial lung disease, pleural disease, pulmonary vascular abnormalities, and airways disease. Smoking is highly prevalent in the RA population, and may even have a synergistic effect in disease development and progression. In the diagnosis of pulmonary disease, this presents a unique diagnostic and therapeutic challenge. We present a case of a woman in her 50s who presented for evaluation of dyspnea and was found to have obstructive lung disease. In addition to RA, she had a significant smoking history and also owned pet birds, making definitive diagnosis difficult. Ultimately, chest imaging was crucial in identifying RA-related lung disease as the root cause of her symptoms, leading to successful treatment and symptom management.
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