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Caplan’s syndrome

Caplan syndrome is a pulmonary fibrosis in a people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who have been exposed to a mining dusts (coal, silica, asbestos). It is named after Dr. Tony Caplan. Caplan syndrome is also known as rheumatoid lung silicosis, silicoarthritis and rheumatoid pneumoconiosis. Inflammation leads to scarring of lung due to breathing of coal dust in persons with rheumatoid