Impact of Rheumatologic Consultations on Detecting Interstitial Lung Disease Associated with Connective Tissue Disease

Myung-Eun Song, Jisoo Lee, Sun-Hee Roh
2011 Journal of Rheumatic Diseases  
Objective. In patients with interstitial lung disease (ILD) associated with connective tissue disease (CTD), chronic ILD related symptoms may often dominate the clinical picture or precede systemic findings and thus often be seen by a non-rheumatologist. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the importance of rheumatologic consultation during ILD work up. Methods. We retrospectively reviewed 64 patients with ILD from a single tertiary center for their clinical and laboratory
more » ... rheumatologic consultation status, and result of the consultation. American College of Rheumatology criteria for classification of each connective tissue disease were utilized. Undifferentiated connective tissue disease (UCTD) was classified by pre-specified criteria. Results. A total of 23 (36%) of the ILD patients had associated CTD. Five (8%) patients had underlying CTD before the diagnosis of ILD, whereas 18 (28%) patients were diagnosed with CTD after the rheumatologic consultation.
doi:10.4078/jrd.2011.18.3.168 fatcat:r6jjq6sorfdhxcd5pqbuv7i2w4