8 Scleroderma-Related Conditions You Should Look Out For

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6 – Lung Involvement

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A wide range of factors may cause lung involvement in systemic scleroderma.

Some symptoms of lung involvement may include shortness of breath, a decreased tolerance for exercise, and a persistent cough.

Thickening of the lung tissue, fibrosis or scarring may happen due to the overproduction of collagen that usually occurs in scleroderma patients.

This makes it more difficult for the oxygen to travel into the bloodstream. Also, the weakening of respiratory muscles can decrease lung function.

The damaged blood vessels may cause pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), and may result in additional strain on the heart resulting in heart failure.

Learn more about lung involvement according to a scleroderma patient.

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