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Caplan syndrome

  • Alternative Names

    Rheumatoid pneumoconiosis

    • Cough
    • Joint swelling and pain
    • Nodules of the skin (rheumatoid nodules)
    • Shortness of breath
    • Wheezing

    Signs and tests

    Your health care provider will take a detailed medical history that will include questions about your jobs (past and present) and other possible sources of exposure to mining dust. The health care provider will also do a physical exam, paying special attention to the presence of joint and skin disease.

    Other tests can include:

    • Chest x-ray
    • Joint x-rays
    • Pulmonary function tests
    • Rheumatoid factor titer test