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Can scleroderma lead to pulmonary hypertension?

11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pierre Moeser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Pierre Moeser
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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Yes it can.
In fact patients with the disease should be routinely screened for pulmonary hupertension.

In brief: Yes

Yes it can.
In fact patients with the disease should be routinely screened for pulmonary hupertension.
Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Dr. Raj Singh
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Raj Singh
Dr. Raj Singh
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Dr. Pierre Moeser
Unfortunately, pulmonary hypertension does not produce symptoms in the early stages and thus can go undetected without proper screening.
Dr. Dennis Clifford
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Dennis Clifford
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