Case Study and Clinical Highlight: Diagnosis of Pulmonary Involvement in Systemic Sclerosis

Case Study and Clinical Highlight: Diagnosis of Pulmonary Involvement in Systemic Sclerosis

Engage in this case study to test your diagnostic ability to differentiate pulmonary hypertension in the setting of systemic sclerosis.

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Predicting Skin Score Changes in Early Diffuse Systemic Sclerosis

Predicting Skin Score Changes in Early Diffuse Systemic Sclerosis

Two predictive models for progressive skin thickening in patients with early diffuse cutaneous systemic sclerosis were developed to use in clinical practice and to improve recruitment in clinical trials.

Social Anxiety in Systemic Sclerosis: Comparing Patient Assessment Tools

Social Anxiety in Systemic Sclerosis: Comparing Patient Assessment Tools

Investigators assessed 3 versions of the Brief Fear of Negative Evaluation scale in patients with systemic sclerosis.

Scleroderma and Breast Cancer: Examining Outcomes of Radiation Therapy

Scleroderma and Breast Cancer: Examining Outcomes of Radiation Therapy

Researchers sought to determine the prevalence of radiation complications in patients with systemic scleroderma and breast cancer.

Stem Cell Transplant May Benefit Patients With Systemic Sclerosis

Stem Cell Transplant May Benefit Patients With Systemic Sclerosis

Patients who underwent autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplant for systemic sclerosis saw improvements in quality of life.

PAH Incidence in Systemic Sclerosis: Does Algorithm Use Affect Reported Incidence?

PAH Incidence in Systemic Sclerosis: Does Algorithm Use Affect Reported Incidence?

Use of the DETECT algorithm did not change incidence of PAH, but led to an increased frequency of cases of borderline pulmonary hypertension.

Early Scleroderma Disability May Be Affected by Skin Thickening, Poor Hand Function

Early Scleroderma Disability May Be Affected by Skin Thickening, Poor Hand Function

These results likely indicate the importance of skin thickening in contributing to impairment of hand function.

Patients With Early SSc-PAH Development Have Substantial Rate of Disease Progression

Patients With Early SSc-PAH Development Have Substantial Rate of Disease Progression

Patients with systemic sclerosis and early-diagnosed pulmonary arterial hypertension had disease progression over a relatively short period of time.

Predicting Mortality in Systemic Sclerosis-PAH With CT Signs of Veno-Occlusive Disease

Predicting Mortality in Systemic Sclerosis-PAH With CT Signs of Veno-Occlusive Disease

A blinded analysis sought to determine whether CT signs of pulmonary veno-occlusive disease are common and predictive of mortality in patients with systemic sclerosis and pulmonary arterial hypertension.

Assessment of Life Expectancy in Scleroderma-Associated Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Assessment of Life Expectancy in Scleroderma-Associated Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Patients with scleroderma-associated isolated pulmonary arterial hypertension (SSc-PAH) have a slightly higher mortality risk than patients SSc-PAH with concomitant interstitial lung disease.

Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension in Systemic Sclerosis: Swift Diagnosis and Effective Treatment

Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension in Systemic Sclerosis: Swift Diagnosis and Effective Treatment

Rheumatology specialists should be aware of the clinical features of SSc-PAH, as well as the tools available to facilitate a prompt, accurate diagnosis.

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