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Laryngeal involvement in rheumatoid arthritis.
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PMID:  1759587     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Twenty-nine female patients with definite or classical rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and 30 controls were studied in order to assess the prevalence of laryngeal involvement in patients with RA and the occurrence of extrathoracic airway obstruction. Laryngeal involvement was assessed by physical examination including direct fiberoptic laryngoscopy, respiratory function tests and low-voltage radiography. Physical examination revealed laryngeal involvement in 17 RA patients (59%), extrathoracic airway obstruction was indicated by spirometry in 4 (14%) and radiography revealed pathological findings in 3 patients (10%). One or more signs of laryngeal involvement were found in 20 patients (69%). Symptoms of breathing difficulties were common (75%) among patients with laryngeal involvement. The erythrocyte sedimentation rate and class-specific rheumatoid factors were not correlated to laryngeal involvement.
A Geterud; B Bake; B Berthelsen; A Bjelle; H Ejnell
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta oto-laryngologica     Volume:  111     ISSN:  0001-6489     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Otolaryngol.     Publication Date:  1991  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-02-03     Completed Date:  1992-02-03     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370354     Medline TA:  Acta Otolaryngol     Country:  SWEDEN    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  990-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, University of Gothenburg, Sahlgren's Hospital, Sweden.
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MeSH Terms
Airway Obstruction / etiology
Arthritis, Rheumatoid / complications*
Laryngeal Diseases / diagnosis,  etiology,  pathology*
Middle Aged
Physical Examination
Random Allocation
Respiratory Function Tests

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