Case report

Recurrent pneumothorax in a patient with rheumatoid arthritis

H. M. Adelman, E. L. Dupont, M. T. Flannery, P. M. Wallach

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Abstract

Rheumatoid arthritis is a multisystem disease. Pulmonary manifestations and complications include pleural disease, pulmonary infections, pneumonitis and interstitial pulmonary fibrosis, bronchogenic carcinoma, arteritis with pulmonary hypertension, obliterative bronchiolitis, bronchiectasis, and amyloidosis. Pulmonary rheumatoid nodules, including rheumatoid pneumoconiosis (Caplan's Syndrome), can result in spontaneous pneumothorax. In this article, the authors present a patient with rheumatoid arthritis and recurrent spontaneous pneumothorax. Through investigation, a bronchopleural fistula caused by a rheumatoid nodule was revealed. The authors also discuss the potential pitfalls caused by a lung nodule in a patient with rheumatoid arthritis, including the overlap with bronchogenic carcinoma and confusion with tuberculosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)171-172
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican Journal of the Medical Sciences
Volume308
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994

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Pneumothorax
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid Nodule
Lung
Bronchogenic Carcinoma
Caplan Syndrome
Pleural Diseases
Pneumoconiosis
Arteritis
Bronchiolitis
Bronchiectasis
Pulmonary Fibrosis
Interstitial Lung Diseases
Amyloidosis
Pulmonary Hypertension
Fistula
Tuberculosis
Infection

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Case report : Recurrent pneumothorax in a patient with rheumatoid arthritis. / Adelman, H. M.; Dupont, E. L.; Flannery, M. T.; Wallach, P. M.

In: American Journal of the Medical Sciences, Vol. 308, No. 3, 01.01.1994, p. 171-172.

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Adelman, H. M. ; Dupont, E. L. ; Flannery, M. T. ; Wallach, P. M. / Case report : Recurrent pneumothorax in a patient with rheumatoid arthritis. In: American Journal of the Medical Sciences. 1994 ; Vol. 308, No. 3. pp. 171-172.
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