alexa Lung biopsy in rheumatoid arthritis.
Immunology

Immunology

Rheumatology: Current Research

Author(s): Yousem SA, Colby TV, Carrington CB

Abstract Share this page

Abstract Forty open lung biopsies from patients with rheumatoid arthritis and possible "rheumatoid lung disease" were reviewed in an attempt to correlate histology with radiologic, physiologic, and prognostic variables. A wide variety of histopathologic features was seen, and primary and secondary patterns of injury were recognized. Five different groups based on histologic patterns were identified: pulmonary rheumatoid nodules, usual interstitial pneumonia (UIP), bronchiolitis obliterans with patchy organizing pneumonia (BOOP), lymphoid hyperplasia, and cellular interstitial infiltrates. The finding of rheumatoid nodules as the primary pattern imparted a uniformly good prognosis, whereas the pattern of UIP indicated a poor one. Patients with BOOP had a more favorable prognosis than did patients with UIP, as did patients with lymphoid hyperplasia and/or nonspecific cellular interstitial infiltrates. Consistent correlations between pulmonary function testing and roentgenographic and histologic findings were not found. The term "rheumatoid lung disease" is of no use as a histologic diagnosis because it encompasses a broad spectrum of morphologic changes that carry significantly different prognoses. This article was published in Am Rev Respir Dis and referenced in Rheumatology: Current Research

Relevant Expert PPTs

Recommended Conferences

Relevant Topics

Peer Reviewed Journals
 
Make the best use of Scientific Research and information from our 700 + peer reviewed, Open Access Journals
International Conferences 2017-18
 
Meet Inspiring Speakers and Experts at our 3000+ Global Annual Meetings

Contact Us

 
© 2008-2017 OMICS International - Open Access Publisher. Best viewed in Mozilla Firefox | Google Chrome | Above IE 7.0 version
adwords