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Have RA, taking Humira, methotrexate. Had dirt bike accident, got pleural effusion, drained off. Getting dry cough, chills, low grade fever. What could be causing this?

My husband has RA and is taking Humira, methotrexate . 6 months ago he had a dirtbike accident and fractured ribs 5 thru 10 on his left side. He had developed a small pleural effusion on the outside of his lower left lung which was drained 1 week ago and the fluid was sent out for various testing as for the last month he has had symptoms of dry cough , chills (can t warm up) followed by low grade fever (btw. 99.5 and 101.5) 5 out of 7 nights weekly as well as severe night sweats . Any ideas as to what could be causing this?
Asked On : Mon, 25 Feb 2013
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The drugs he is taking increases the risk of developing tuberculosis besides other causes of fever. Also get ANA, dsDNA checked to rule out coexisting other autoimmune disorders.
Answered: Sun, 11 Aug 2013
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