Limited systemic sclerosis

How might systemic sclerosis associated lung disease be treated?

Systemic sclerosis affects not only the skin, but can also affect the tissues beneath, including the blood vessels and major organs. When the lungs are involved, systemic sclerosis often causes interstitial lung disease and/or pulmonary arterial hypertension. Additional lung complications and conditions can also occur in association with systemic sclerosis.

Interstitial lung disease refers to scarring in the lungs which can make the lungs stiff and make it hard to breathe. Pulmonary arterial hypertension is high blood pressure in the blood vessels in the lungs. This high blood pressure can put strain on the heart.

Options for pulmonary arterial hypertension treatment aims to reduce the strain on your heart. Treatment options include medications, such as endothelin receptor antagonists, phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors, prostacyclins, anticoagulants , calcium channel blockers,diuretics , and inhaled oxygen. Some people with pulmonary arterial hypertension undergo surgery, such as lung transplantation.

You can read this an much more at the following link to the American Lung Association: hypertension/symptoms-diagnosis.html

Options for interstitial lung disease treatment aims to make breathing more productive, reduce inflammation, and suppress overactive immune systems. Treatment options include medications, such as Mycophenolate (CellCept®) or Cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan®). For more information on these treatments visit the National Jewish Health Web site at disease. Additional treatment options include oxygen therapy, pulmonary rehabilitation programs (e.g., breathing exercises), and lung transplantation.

The following Web pages and articles gives further information on treatment: (National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disorders) (Scleroderma Reserach Foundation) (MedScape) conditions/scleroderma/basics/treatment/con-20021378 (MayoClinic)

If you have not done so already, you may find it helpful to contact the following organization for further information and support:

Scleroderma Research Foundation
220 Montgomery Street, Suite 1411
San Francisco, CA 94104
Toll-free: 800-441-CURE (2873)
Telephone: 415-834-9444
Fax: 415-834-9177

Research is underway to improve treatment options for people with systemic sclerosis. In particular, The Scleroderma Clinical Trials Consortium (SCTC) is a charitable non-profit organization dedicated to finding better treatment for scleroderma. Member institutions of the SCTC conduct clinical treatment trials of new (and sometimes old) medications that appear promising for the treatment of scleroderma. CLICK HERE to read about currently- enrolling clinical trials. You can also view a listing of institutions in the United States involved in clinical research of scleroderma.

Last updated on 05-01-20

Name: Scleroderma Foundation 300 Rosewood Drive, Suite 105
Danvers, MA, 01923, United States
Phone: +1-978-463-5843 Toll Free: 1-800-722-4673 (HOPE) Fax : +1-978-463-5809 Email: Url:
Name: International Scleroderma Network (ISN) 7455 France Ave So #266
Edina, MN, 55435-4702 , United States
Phone: +1-952-831-3091 Toll Free: 1-800-564-7099 Email: Url:
Name: Scleroderma Research Foundation 220 Montgomery Street, Suite 484
San Francisco, CA, 94104 , United States
Phone: +1-415-834-9444 Email: Url:
Name: Scleroderma Society of Ontario 41 King William Street, Suite 202
Hamilton, ON, L8R 1A2, Canada
Phone: +1-905-544-0343 Toll Free: 1-888-776-7776 (Helpline) Email: Url:
Name: Scleroderma & Raynaud's UK SRUK 18-20 Bride Lane
London, EC4Y 8EE, United Kingdom
Phone: 020 7000 1925 (Office) Toll Free: 0800 311 2756 (Helpline) Email: Url:

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