Could rheumatoid arthritis cause pleurisy?

Yes. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune inflammatory disorder that can affect internal organs including the pleura ( lining around the lungs). It it occurs, the result is rheumatoid pleurisy.
Yes. Rheumatoid arthritis can be associated with a variety of pulmonary/respiratory conditions; recurrent pleurisy can occur with rheumatoid arthritis. It also can cause fluid build up around the lungs (pleural effusion) and scarring of the lungs (interstitial lung disease).