A STUDY OF SPIROMETRIC LUNG FUNCTION TETS AND ITS CORRELATION WITH HIGH RESOLUTION COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY IN PATIENTS OF RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS
Journal of Evolution of Medical and Dental Sciences
HOW TO CITE THIS ARTICLE: Dinesh Kumar, Devinder Mahajan, Harkirat Kaur, CL Thukral, Sunil Grover. "A study of spirometric lung function tets and its correlation with high resolution computed tomography in patients of rheumatoid arthritis". ABSTRACT: Rheumatoid arthritis is disease which usually starts as an insidious symmetrical polyarthritis often with non specific systemic symptoms. Pleuropulmonary involvement is a important cause of morbidity and mortality in patients of rheumatoid
... rheumatoid arthritis. The extra articular manifestations like bronchiectasis, interstitial lung disease, caplan syndrome are well known complications of rheumatoid arthritis 1 . To make these things more clear, the present study has was conducted enrolling 50 patients of rheumatoid arthritis coming to Medicine Department of Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Vallah, Sri Amritsar. RESULTS: In this study it was found that bronchiectasis and reticulonodular pattern were the most common findings on High resolution computed tomography accounting for 18 %. On spirometry restrictive pattern dominated over obstructive pattern in this study. On HRCT also the restrictive pattern was the most common finding. The results of both were correlated using spearman formula and the results were statistically significant with p value of <0.05. Even the finding of both spirometry and HRCT were correlated with duration of disease and it was found that restrictive pattern dominates over obstructive with increasing duration of disease (from <5 years to > 10 years) and the correlation was statistically significant with p value of <0.05.