UIP pattern interstitial lung disease in rheumatoid arthritis

Case contributed by Dr Charlie Chia-Tsong Hsu


50 years old male with history of rheumatoid arthritis.

Patient Data

Age: 50
Gender: Male

Chest radiograph shows decreased lung volume and basal predominant coarse reticulation. Also note dilated loops of bowels in the upper abdomen. 

HRCT demonstrates reticular/ground glass opacities, traction bronchiectasis and extensive honeycombing with peripheral and basal predominance. In addition the presence of anterior upper lobe honeycombing (red arrows) is a more common finding in rheumatoid arthritis and not typically seen in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. 

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Case information

rID: 23883
Published: 16th Jul 2013
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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