Fast Five Quiz: Rheumatoid Arthritis Interstitial Lung Disease Management

Zab Mosenifar, MD


April 05, 2021

Figure 1. CT scan of lungs affected by interstitial pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). The two dark structures are the lungs. The white space in the upper center is the heart. The left lung is the most severely affected, with diseased tissue appearing white.

The treatment of RA-ILD is complicated by the fact that the majority of traditional DMARDs with proven articular benefit have been implicated in the development of drug-related pneumonitis or accelerated respiratory failure in the setting of existing ILD.

During exercise testing, it is important for clinicians to distinguish if a patient’s performance is based on joint pain vs respiratory distress.

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