S. T. Frank, M.D.; J. G. Weg, M.D. (Associate); R. E. Walsh, M.D.; L. E. Harkleroad, B.S.; R. F. Fitch, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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Forty-one consecutive patients with classical or definite rheumatoid arthritis were studied in an attempt to determine the prevalence of pulmonary dysfunction in rheumatoid disease. Routine spirometry, lung volumes, and diffusion studies were performed on all patients. Arterial blood gas determinations were made on those with diffusion abnormalities, and an attempt was made to obtain histological correlation via percutaneous lung biopsy. Abnormal diffusion studies were noted in 17 patients (41.4%). Arterial hypoxemia was present in eight patients at rest and five desaturated with exercise. Chest roentgenograms were abnormal in eight (47%), and only six patients (39%) admitted to dyspnea on direct
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Frank ST, Weg JG, Walsh RE, Harkleroad LE, Fitch RF. Pulmonary Dysfunction in Rheumatoid Disease.. Ann Intern Med. 1968;68:1194–1195. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-68-5-1194_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1968;68(5):1194-1195.
Rheumatoid Arthritis, Rheumatology.
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