ABSTRACT: Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic disease that may have pulmonary manifestations. We describe a case of eosinophilic pneumonia as the primary presentation of rheumatoid arthritis. While several cases of acute and chronic eosinophilic pneumonia have been reported in patients with preexisting rheumatoid arthritis, this is the first case reported in which the eosinophilic lung disease was the initial manifestation of systemic rheumatoid arthritis.
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