Diagnosis of RA-ILD
High-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) is considered the gold standard for diagnosis of interstitial lung disease (ILD) in rheumatoid arthritis (RA)1–3
HRCT COMBINED WITH MULTIDISCIPLINARY EVALUATION PROVIDES HIGH CONFIDENCE IN DIAGNOSIS OF ILD IN PATIENTS WITH RA1–3
Chest HRCT is the most sensitive and specific method for diagnosing ILD in RA, and allows for ILD extent and radiological pattern to be assessed.4 A multidisciplinary approach, including at least a rheumatologist, pulmonologist and radiologist, enhances diagnosis and management of RA-ILD.1,5
Find out more about how to diagnose RA-ILD using HRCT
In addition to HRCT, diagnosis of RA-ILD is primarily based on clinical presentation, physical examination and PFTs.2
Proposed framework for the multidisciplinary evaluation of RA-ILD1
Overview of RA-ILD including HRCT diagnosis6
Reprinted by permission from: Springer Nature, Current Rheumatology Reports, Rheumatoid Arthritis-Associated Interstitial Lung Disease: Current Concepts, Brito et al, ©2022.
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- ACPA, anti–citrullinated protein antibody; CTD-ILD, connective tissue disease-associated interstitial lung disease; DLCO, diffusing capacity of the lung for carbon monoxide; FVC, forced vital capacity; HRCT, high-resolution computed tomography; ILD, interstitial lung disease; NSIP, non-specific interstitial pneumonia; PFT, pulmonary function test; RA; rheumatoid arthritis; RA-ILD, rheumatoid arthritis-associated interstitial lung disease; UIP, usual interstitial pneumonia.
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