Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Fibrosing Rheumatoid Alveolitis Overview

Another name for Fibrosing Rheumatoid Alveolitis is Caplan's Syndrome.

What is Caplan's syndrome?
A person with Caplan's syndrome has swelling, inflammation, and scarring of the lungs. This syndrome is only present in people with rheumatoid arthritis who have been exposed to mining dust such as silica, asbestos or coal.

What are the symptoms of Caplan's syndrome?
The symptoms of Caplan's syndrome include shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing, nodules in the skin, joint swelling and joint pain.

How does the doctor treat Caplan's syndrome?
There is no specific treatment for Caplan's syndrome. Medications are given to reverse wheezing and improve lung function.

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