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Can scleroderma lead to pulmonary hypertension?

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Dr. Raj Singh
Internal Medicine 11 years experience
Yes: 10-30 % of patients with scleroderma will develop pulmonary hypertension. Regular screening with pulmonary function tests is recommended to monitor for development of pulmonary hypertension. Echo cardiogram of heart is recommended as well as a screening tool.
Dr. Pierre Moeser
Specializes in Rheumatology
Unfortunately, pulmonary hypertension does not produce symptoms in the early stages and thus can go undetected without proper screening.
Oct 22, 2011
Dr. Aaron Milstone
Pulmonology 27 years experience
Yes: Yes it can. In fact patients with the disease should be routinely screened for pulmonary hupertension.
Dr. Dennis Clifford
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Frequently: Scleroderma can often have pulmonary hypertension (increased pressure in the pulmonary arteries) as a consequence. A common variation of scleroderma called crest syndrome usually includes pulmonary hypertension and it is frequently the most serious part of the disease.
Dr. Pierre Moeser
Specializes in Rheumatology
Yes: If pulmonary hypertension occurs, it can severely affect quality of life and may cause premature death. Certain types of scleroderma such as limited cutaneous scleroderma are associated with pulmonary hypertension. Other types such as morphea are not. Screening is essential.

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Can I have secondary pulmonary hypertension due to crest scleroderma?

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Dr. Norman Levine
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Scleroderma: Yes you can develop pulmonary hypertension with crest syndrome, but it is less common than with other forms of scleroderma.
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Could hypertension lead to pulmonary hypertension?

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No: Systemic hypertension (blood pressure measured with a cuff on the arm) is not related to pulmonary hypertension (blood pressure estimated/measured with an ultrasound of the heart or right heart catheterization). Having systemic hypertension does not increase the risk for pulmonary hypertension.

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