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Rheumatology International

, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp 89–91 | Cite as

Multiple peripheral pulmonary nodules preceding rheumatoid arthritis

  • H. G. Nüsslein
  • W. Rödl
  • J. Giedel
  • M. Missmahl
  • J. R. Kalden
Case Report

Summary

The case of a young woman is reported, presenting multiple peripheral lung nodules, preceding the onset of classical rheumatoid arthritis 3 months later. The nodules observed seemed to be of pleural origin because they all had contact with the pleura which was partly thickened as demonstrated by computer-assisted tomography. The histopathology of material obtained by an open-lung biopsy revealed rheumatoid necrobiotic nodules. Although very rare, rheumatoid arthritis should be considered as a differential diagnosis of pulmonary nodules of unknown origin.

Key words

Rheumatoid arthritis Lung manifestations Pulmonary nodules 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. G. Nüsslein
    • 1
  • W. Rödl
    • 2
  • J. Giedel
    • 3
  • M. Missmahl
    • 1
  • J. R. Kalden
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Clinical Immunology and RheumatologyUniversity of Erlangen-NürnbergErlangenFederal Republic of Germany
  2. 2.Department of Radiology, Clinic of Internal MedicineUniversity of Erlangen-NürnbergErlangenFederal Republic of Germany
  3. 3.Department of Clinical Pathology, Clinic of SurgeryUniversity of Erlangen-NürnbergErlangenFederal Republic of Germany

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