Lung Infections in Systemic Rheumatic Disease: Focus on Opportunistic Infections
AbstractSystemic rheumatic diseases have significant morbidity and mortality, due in large part to concurrent infections. The lung has been reported among the most frequent sites of infection in patients with rheumatic disease, who are susceptible to developing pneumonia sustained both by common pathogens and by opportunistic microorganisms. Patients with rheumatic disease show a peculiar vulnerability to infectious complications. This is due in part to intrinsic disease-related immune dysregulation and in part to the immunosuppressive treatments. Several therapeutic agents have been associated to a wide spectrum of infections, complicating the management of rheumatic diseases. This review discusses the most frequent pulmonary infections encountered in rheumatic diseases, focusing on opportunistic agents, consequent diagnostic challenges and appropriate therapeutic strategies. View Full-Text
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Di Franco, M.; Lucchino, B.; Spaziante, M.; Iannuccelli, C.; Valesini, G.; Iaiani, G. Lung Infections in Systemic Rheumatic Disease: Focus on Opportunistic Infections. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2017, 18, 293.
Di Franco M, Lucchino B, Spaziante M, Iannuccelli C, Valesini G, Iaiani G. Lung Infections in Systemic Rheumatic Disease: Focus on Opportunistic Infections. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2017; 18(2):293.Chicago/Turabian Style
Di Franco, Manuela; Lucchino, Bruno; Spaziante, Martina; Iannuccelli, Cristina; Valesini, Guido; Iaiani, Giancarlo. 2017. "Lung Infections in Systemic Rheumatic Disease: Focus on Opportunistic Infections." Int. J. Mol. Sci. 18, no. 2: 293.
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