Many people with this condition have no symptoms. Treatment is aimed at the health problems causing the lung problem and the complications caused by the disorder. Corticosteroids or other medicines that suppress the immune system are sometimes useful.
The outcome is related to the underlying disorder and the type and severity of lung disease. In severe cases, lung transplantation can be considered.
Call your health care provider right away if you have rheumatoid arthritis and you develop unexplained breathing difficulties.
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Denis Hadjiliadis, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.