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Rituximab May Help Stabilize Lung Function in SSc-ILD

The immunosuppressant rituximab may help stabilize lung function in people with systemic sclerosis-related interstitial lung disease (SSc-ILD), a study suggests. The study,“Rituximab treatment for systemic sclerosis associated interstitial lung disease – A case series of 13 patients,” was published in the Internal Medicine Journal. Rituximab, a medication that…

Rituximab May Ease Arthritis in Longtime SSc, Small Study Finds

The immunosuppressant Rituximab may ease arthritis — an inflammation of the joints — in patients with long-standing systemic sclerosis (SSc), a small Turkish study found. Moreover, in some patients, skin and lung symptoms either remained stable or eased, the researchers also observed. “The factors and markers affecting the treatment…

How Stem Cell Therapy Works to Ease Skin Fibrosis in SSc Detailed

Autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplant (AHSCT) eases skin scarring in people with diffuse systemic sclerosis (SSc) by tweaking the levels of molecules involved in tissue remodeling and inflammation, a study from Brazil reported. The study, “Autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation promotes connective tissue remodeling in systemic sclerosis patients,” was…

Plasma Exchange May Help Ease Scleroderma’s Digestive Symptoms

Therapeutic plasma exchange may help ease digestive issues in people with limited systemic scleroderma (lcSSc), new research indicates. Edward Harris of the Scleroderma Education Project presented the findings at the American Society for Apheresis (ASFA) annual meeting in Philadelphia earlier this month, in a poster titled, “The Effects…