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A practical approach to screening for scleroderma-associated pulmonary arterial hypertension.
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PMID:  22076819     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) affects approximately 10% of all scleroderma patients, is a devastating manifestation of the disease, and is the leading cause of scleroderma-associated mortality. PAH often presents insidiously and vigilant screening to detect PAH at an early stage is indicated in the care of all patients with scleroderma. The current era offers PAH-specific therapies that are indicated in patients with scleroderma-associated PAH and their earlier intervention may impact favorably on the natural history of the disease. Strategies that allow for earlier detection of PAH are essential to the care of scleroderma as they should lead to earlier intervention of PAH-specific treatment. In this report, we provide a practical guide for the screening of scleroderma-associated PAH emphasizing the importance of earlier PAH detection. © 2011 by the American College of Rheumatology.
Authors:
Aryeh Fischer; Todd M Bull; Virginia D Steen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-11-10
Journal Detail:
Title:  Arthritis care & research     Volume:  -     ISSN:  2151-4658     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-11-14     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101518086     Medline TA:  Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken)     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Copyright Information:
Copyright © 2011 by the American College of Rheumatology.
Affiliation:
Autoimmune Lung Center, National Jewish Health; Scleroderma Clinic, University of Colorado Denver. fischera@njhealth.org.
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