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Cavitary pulmonary nodules in rheumatoid arthritis; case reports and review of the literature
1 Department of Rheumatology, Bakırköy Dr. Sadi Konuk Training and Research Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey  
2 Department of Pathology, Yedikule Chest Diseases Training and Research Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey  
3 Department of Chest Disease, Yedikule Chest Diseases Training and Research Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey  
Eur J Rheumatol ; : -
DOI: 10.5152/eurjrheum.2017.16106
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Key Words: Cavitary pulmonary nodules, rheumatoid arthritis, leflunomide
Abstract

Rheumatoid nodules are the most common pulmonary manifestations of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and are usually asymptomatic. In rare cases, they progress cavitary formation and cause severe clinical symptoms because of disease activity, infectious diseases, and other etiologies. The determination of clinical and histopathological features may be helpful for differential diagnosis in patients with RA with cavitary pulmonary nodules. Herein, we report two female patients with RA with cavitary pulmonary nodules and aim to obtain more detail data by means of reviewing previously reported cases.

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