Vol - 28, Issue - 04
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International Medical Journal
Journal ID : IMJ-01-04-2021-818
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Abstract : In this paper a series of cases are reported to evaluate the relationship between nasal eosinophilia and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In addition, a brief review of literature data on the correlation between eosinophilia in the respiratory system and RA was performed. Seven patients (five men and two women) aged between 7 and 60 years (mean age 38.5 years) underwent nasal cytological examination through optical microscopic observation of cells taken from the nasal mucosa. The patients had RA and were being treated at a hospital facility. The data of the subjects examined were compared with those of a control group homogeneous for age and sex to the one under study, but which presented normal nasal cytological examination and did not present RA. The clinical data of the patients examined showed only one case of juvenile idiopathic arthritis. All patients were not allergic and affected by recurrent rhinitis in maintenance therapy and were not related to the pollen calendar. Analysis of the samples documented the presence of rare eosinophils in the nasal mucosa. This evidence could allow using this practice not only as a patient follow- up, but also as a means of early diagnosis for RA.

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