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Aromatase inhibitors are used in advanced breast cancer treatment to cause an oestrogen deprivation. Such treatment can induce benign arthralgias.1,2 We describe a case of rheumatoid arthritis after treatment with aromatase inhibitors. A 64-year-old Caucasian woman, with a 3-year history of advanced right breast cancer (infiltrative ductal carcinoma classified as oestrogen-receptor positive; progesterone-receptor negative with positive lymph nodes; pT2pN1bM0) received treatment with tamoxifen (20 mg/day) for about 3 years. Cancer follow-up was normal and no side effects were reported. In November 2004, tamoxifen was switched to exemestane (25 mg/day) in accordance with studies showing better efficacy and good safety. A few days later, she developed arthralgias affecting the hips, shoulders, knees, wrists and hands associated with morning joint stiffness for 2 h. …
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