n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - The lungs in the rheumatic diseases : more about rheumatology




There are many different approaches to the evaluation of the lungs in patients with collagen vascular diseases. Many books have been published about the evaluation of the lungs in patients with rheumatic diseases (connective tissue diseases (CTDs) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA)). Unfortunately, it still remains a challenging task - even for a pulmonologist. As with all medical conditions, there is no substitute for a thorough history and careful examination of the patient. Although significant heterogeneity exists among the different collagen vascular diseases, they share one aspect that is common to their pathogenesis: circulating auto-antibodies and immune-mediated organ dysfunction.


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