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Current Drug Targets - Inflammation & Allergy


ISSN (Print): 1568-010X
ISSN (Online): 1568-010X

Pleural Involvement in Systemic Disorders

Author(s): Marina Aiello, Alfredo Chetta, Emilio Marangio, Maurizio Zompatori and Dario Olivieri

Volume 3, Issue 4, 2004

Page: [441 - 447] Pages: 7

DOI: 10.2174/1568010042634604

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The collagen vascular diseases are a heterogeneous group of immunologically-mediated inflammatory disorders. Frequently, these diseases affect organ systems outside the thorax as their primary manifestation, but may involve the pleura as a single presenting feature, as part of multisystem involvement, or as an isolated manifestation of a disease that is otherwise quiescent. In this article, we review the manifestations of respiratory disease caused by rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, scleroderma, polymyositis / dermatomyositis, mixed connective tissue disease, Sjogrens syndrome, Wegeners granulomatosis, and sarcoidosis.

Keywords: pleura, collagen diseases, rheumatoid arthritis

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