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Interstitial Lung Abnormalities in Rheumatoid Arthritis Are Common and ImportantInterstitial Abnormalities in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Aryeh Fischer, MD; Gregory P. Cosgrove, MD, FCCP
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From the Department of Medicine, National Jewish Health.

CORRESPONDENCE TO: Gregory P. Cosgrove, MD, FCCP, 1400 Jackson St, A551, Interstitial Lung Disease Program, National Jewish Health, Denver, CO 80206; e-mail: CosgroveG@NJHealth.org


FINANCIAL/NONFINANCIAL DISCLOSURES: The authors have reported to CHEST the following conflicts of interest: Dr Cosgrove has provided expert testimony regarding rheumatoid arthritis associated interstitial lung disease. Dr Fischer serves as a consultant for Actelion Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Gilead Sciences Inc, and InterMune Inc.

Reproduction of this article is prohibited without written permission from the American College of Chest Physicians. See online for more details.


Chest. 2014;146(1):8-10. doi:10.1378/chest.14-0030
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Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the most common of the connective tissue diseases, affecting approximately 1% of the adult population.1,2 RA is a result of a complex interplay of autoimmune phenomena that ultimately results in a symmetric, inflammatory, and destructive arthropathy, and the majority of patients with the disease have evidence of circulating autoantibodies to rheumatoid factor (RF) or anticyclic citrullinated peptide antibodies (ACPAs).1,2

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