Rheumatoid lung disease

Lung disease - rheumatoid arthritis; Rheumatoid nodules; Rheumatoid lung

Rheumatoid lung disease is a group of lung problems related to rheumatoid arthritis. The condition can include:

  • Blockage of the small airways (bronchiolitis obliterans)
  • Fluid in the chest (pleural effusions)
  • High blood pressure in the lungs (pulmonary hypertension)
  • Lumps in the lungs (nodules)
  • Scarring (pulmonary fibrosis)
Bronchoscopy

Bronchoscopy is a surgical technique for viewing the interior of the airways. Using sophisticated flexible fiber optic instruments, surgeons are able to explore the trachea, main stem bronchi, and some of the small bronchi. In children, this procedure may be used to remove foreign objects that have been inhaled. In adults, the procedure is most often used to take samples of (biopsy) suspicious lesions and for culturing specific areas in the lung.

Respiratory system

Air is breathed in through the nasal passageways, travels through the trachea and bronchi to the lungs.

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When to Contact a Medical Professional