Pericarditis in rheumatoid arthritis. A clinical and radiological study

Rheumatol Int. 1986;6(1):37-42. doi: 10.1007/BF00270663.


The annual incidence of clinically manifest pericarditis was found to be 0.34% in 157 females and 0.44% in 77 males with rheumatoid arthritis, observed for a mean time of 5.7 years. The development of pericarditis was independent of disease duration, but was related to extensive joint involvement, subcutaneous nodules, and a high Waaler Rose titre. Concomitant pleural effusion was present in four of five patients. Pericarditis in rheumatoid arthritis may indicate a serious prognosis quo ad vitam. Four of the five patients died within eight years, but their age at death was relatively high (62-73 years).

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / complications*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pericarditis / diagnosis
  • Pericarditis / etiology*
  • Pleural Effusion / etiology
  • Prognosis