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Screening for PAH in patients with systemic sclerosis: focus on Doppler echocardiography.
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PMID:  18784138     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
It is well established that patients with CTDs such as SSc carry a considerable risk of developing pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Such SSc-PAH patients have an even worse prognosis than patients with only one of these two conditions. In view of the high incidence and prevalence of PAH in SSc, and the available treatment options that improve quality of life, exercise capacity and possibly survival, systematic screening has been recommended. The present article reviews current recommendations from PAH guidelines, focusing on studies that used Doppler echocardiography for screening, and describes limitations associated with the procedure. Furthermore, characteristics and parameters used to identify patients at high risk of developing PAH are summarized.
J Sánchez-Román; C F Opitz; O Kowal-Bielecka; F J García-Hernández; M J Castillo-Palma; D Pittrow;
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Rheumatology (Oxford, England)     Volume:  47 Suppl 5     ISSN:  1462-0332     ISO Abbreviation:  Rheumatology (Oxford)     Publication Date:  2008 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-09-11     Completed Date:  2009-05-14     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100883501     Medline TA:  Rheumatology (Oxford)     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  v33-5     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Collagenosis and Pulmonary Hypertension Unit, University Hospital Virgen delRocío, Seville, Spain.
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MeSH Terms
Echocardiography, Doppler*
Heart Catheterization
Hypertension, Pulmonary / complications,  ultrasonography*
Practice Guidelines as Topic
Risk Assessment
Scleroderma, Systemic / complications,  ultrasonography*

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