Pulmonary functions testing in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

  title={Pulmonary functions testing in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.},
  author={Lone S\olling Avnon and Fauaz Manzur and Arkadi Bolotin and Dov Heimer and Daniel Flusser and Dan Buskila and Shaul Sukenik and Mahmoud Abu-Shakra},
  journal={The Israel Medical Association journal : IMAJ},
  volume={11 2},
BACKGROUND A high incidence of abnormal pulmonary function tests has been reported in cross-sectional studies among patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Few patients have been enrolled in longitudinal studies. OBJECTIVES To perform PFT in rheumatoid arthritic patients without pulmonary involvement and to identify variables related to changes in PFT over 5 years of follow-up. METHODS Consecutive RA patients underwent PFT according to recommendations of the American Thoracic Society. All… CONTINUE READING