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Life-threatening stridor presenting in a patient with rheumatoid involvement of the larynx.
  1. D F McGeehan,
  2. J N Crinnion,
  3. D R Strachan
  1. Accident and Emergency Department, Leeds General Infirmary, England.


    A case of a female patient with extensive rheumatoid arthritis who presented to the Accident and Emergency Department with life-threatening stridor is described. Although clinical involvement of the larynx is found in over a third of patients with severe rheumatoid arthritis, acute airways obstruction is fortunately a very rare complication. Stridor is probably precipitated in the acute situation in such patients as a result of upper respiratory tract infection.

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