Scleroderma and pulmonary hypertension

Karen A. Fagan, David H. Collier, David B. Badesch
2003 Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia  
Patients with scleroderma are at increased risk for the development of pulmonary hypertension, and the development of unexplained dyspnea or an isolated decrease in diffusing capacity should prompt evaluation. Echocardiography is often helpful in this situation, with further testing being performed as indicated. Because the prognosis of untreated pulmonary hypertension occurring in the setting of scleroderma is generally quite poor, vigilance is required on the part of physicians following this
more » ... ians following this "at risk" group of patients. The past decade has seen important advances in the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension, including intravenous epoprostenol, oral bosentan and subcutaneously infused treprostinil. As new therapies are developed for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension, it is essential that patients with scleroderma-related disease are included in clinical trials. RESUMO Pacientes com esclerodermia têm risco aumentado para desenvolver hipertensão pulmonar. O aparecimento de dispnéia e/ou a diminuição da capacidade de difusão devem levar à suspeita imediata dessa complicação. A ecodopplercardiografia é importante para o diagnóstico e o seguimento desses casos. Os casos não tratados de hipertensão pulmonar em esclerodermia têm mau prognóstico, daí a necessidade em manter sob vigilância estes pacientes. Na última década surgiram avanços para o tratamento da hipertensão arterial pulmonar, incluindo os medicamentos epoprostenol EV, bosentan VO e treprostinil SC. À medida que novas terapias vão sendo desenvolvidas, torna-se necessário a realização de estudos clínicos de maior validade. Palavras-chave: esclerodermia, hipertensão pulmonar, dispnéia.
doi:10.1590/s0482-50042003000500006 fatcat:ezetocjn6jaxzhmvptelhiolsm