Rheumatoid Arthritis Associated Lung Complications


  • Author- Asif Hussain, Jawaria Avais


Rheumatoid arthritis is the most common rheumatological disease worldwide with many articular and extra-articular complications, associated with comorbidities and mortality. Cardiac and pulmonary complications contribute the most towards morbidity, mortality and pose a great difficulty in the RA management. Many of the rheumatoid related lung complications can mimic other diseases such as infections and malignancies. Though the advancement in treatment of rheumatoid arthritis has improved many articular complications, but it has also increased risk of many pulmonary complications such as infections and drug related toxicities. Also, some of the very effective treatment options can't be used in the presence of these rheumatoid related lung issues. It's important to understand these respiratory complications for the management of patients with rheumatoid arthritis which are seen by almost every doctor. The purpose of this review article is to provide insight into these pulmonary issues associated with rheumatoid arthritis and their management in the light of recent evidence.


Rheumatoid arthritis, rheumatoid associated ILD, rheumatoid lung nodules