Rheumatoid disease and bronchogenic carcinoma--case report and review of the literature

J Rheumatol. 1984 Apr;11(2):226-8.


We describe a patient with a solitary pulmonary nodule that proved to be a rheumatoid nodule and a coexistent carcinoma. Similar cases from the literature are reviewed. Fine needle aspiration cytologies from such lesions are potentially misleading and must be interpreted cautiously. Pulmonary nodules in patients with rheumatoid arthritis clearly should be approached as possible carcinomas.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / complications*
  • Carcinoma, Bronchogenic / complications*
  • Carcinoma, Bronchogenic / diagnosis
  • Carcinoma, Bronchogenic / diagnostic imaging
  • Carcinoma, Bronchogenic / pathology
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Lung Diseases / diagnostic imaging
  • Lung Diseases / pathology
  • Lung Neoplasms / complications*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Radiography
  • Rheumatoid Nodule / diagnosis
  • Smoking