Respiratory complications in the collagen vascular diseases

Nevins W. Todd, Robert A. Wise

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Patients with connective tissue diseases commonly have involvement of the respiratory system. In this review, we discuss the respiratory complications of the following connective tissue diseases: systemic lupus erythematosus, systemic sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, polymyositis/dermatomyositis, Sjogren's syndrome, ankylosing spondylitis, relapsing polychondritis, and mixed connective tissue disease. Particular attention is given to the clinical manifestations of pulmonary involvement with these disorders, including involvement of the pleura, upper and lower airway, lung interstitium, and the pulmonary vasculature. In appropriate instances, diagnostic and therapeutic considerations are also reviewed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)101-112
Number of pages12
JournalClinical Pulmonary Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996


  • Interstitial pulmonary fibrosis
  • Pleural effusion
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Systemic sclerosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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