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CASE REPORT | OPEN ACCESS DOI: 10.23937/2469-5726/1510067

Rheumatologic Diseases as Paraneoplastic Syndromes - A Paradigmatic Case

Inês Rego de Figueiredo*, Rita Vieira Alves, Sara Guerreiro Castro, Filipa Lourenço, Ana Margarida Antunes, Heidi Gruner and António Panarra

Serviço de Medicina 7.2 - Hospital Curry Cabral, Centro Hospitalar e Universitário de Lisboa Central (CHULC), Portugal


Rheumatic diseases can be a paraneoplastic syndrome for an occult neoplasia. Some syndromes are more characteristic than others. In this case report, we present a patient with musculoskeletal symptoms suggestive of both carcinomatous arthritis and polymyalgia rheumatica that was shown to have adenocarcinoma of the lung. The musculoskeletal symptoms accompanied the course of the disease, disappearing with the treatment and re-occurring when it relapsed.