Clinical Rheumatology

, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp 288–290 | Cite as

Cricoarytenoid arthritis may be a case of emergency

  • J. B. M. Ten Holter
  • F. L. Van Buchem
  • H. J. Van Beusekom
Case Report


Cricoarytenoid arthritis is a frequent complication of rheumatoid arthritis. In most cases it is an insidious, progressive disorder which does not produce early symptoms. A bilateral fixation can lead to a considerable stenosis; exertional dysponea, however, may not be noted because mobility of most patients is restricted. We report a case of severely symptomatic cricoarytenoid arthritis in a woman known to have myasthenia gravis and rheumatoid arthritis. Initially exacerbation of the myasthenia gravis, leading to severe inspiratory insuffiency was suspected. On indirect laryngoscopy, however, the correct diagnosis was made. Early diagnosis might have prevented an emergency in our patient.

Key words

Cricoarytenoid Arthritis Stridor Rheumatoid Arthritis Myasthenia Gravis 


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© Acta Medica Belgica 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. B. M. Ten Holter
    • 1
  • F. L. Van Buchem
    • 2
  • H. J. Van Beusekom
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of NeurologySt. Elisabeth HospitalTilburgThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of OtholaryngologySt. Elisabeth HospitalTilburgThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Deparment of RheumatologySt. Elisabeth HospitalTilburgThe Netherlands

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