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Cardiac and pulmonary alterations in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
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PMID:  20514776     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
INTRODUCTION: cardiac and pulmonary clinical manifestations frequently absent in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The aim of this study was to evaluate cardiac and pulmonary alterations in RA among patients without clinical manifestations. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study was conducted in 169 patients (127 female and 42 male, with mean age 51.6, SD +/- 12.7 years, P > 0.05) with RA diagnosed on the basis of ACR criteria. All patients underwent a transthoracal echocardiography (TTE), a chest X ray, an electrocardiogram and laboratory tests. Patients with clinical manifestations of cardiac and pulmonary disease were excluded from the study. RESULTS: Pericarditis was evidenced in 16.6%, mitral regurgitation in 21.9%, aortal regurgitation in 26%, and pulmonary diffuse fibrosis in 16.6% of cases The authors found that 158 (93.5%) of patients were CRP positive. CONCLUSION: Our study demonstrated that cardiac and pulmonary alterations are frequently present and prevalence of elevated CRP levels and positive serologic tests was high in asymptomatic patients with RA among patients without clinical manifestations.
Idriz Berisha; Blerim Berisha; Xhevdet Krasniqi
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medicinski arhiv     Volume:  64     ISSN:  0350-199X     ISO Abbreviation:  Med Arh     Publication Date:  2010  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-06-02     Completed Date:  2010-07-01     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0400722     Medline TA:  Med Arh     Country:  Bosnia and Hercegovina    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  101-2     Citation Subset:  IM    
Rheumatology Departament, Internal Clinic, University Clinical Center of Kosova, Prishtina, Republic of Kosova.
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MeSH Terms
Arthritis, Rheumatoid / complications*
Heart Valve Diseases / complications*
Middle Aged
Pericarditis / complications*
Pulmonary Fibrosis / complications*

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