Can Scleroderma Lead to Lung Disease?

Q:
Can scleroderma lead to lung disease?

A:
Scleroderma may lead to lung disease. Scleroderma refers to the hardening and tightening of the skin and the connective tissues, it is a group of autoimmune diseases.

In some cases, scleroderma affects only the skin. But in some other cases, scleroderma also affects the internal organs such as digestive tract, blood vessels, heart, kidneys and lungs.

According to the study, patients with diffuse scleroderma have higher risk of getting some lung diseases including pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary hemorrhage, aspiration pneumonia, and pneumothorax.

If you have scleroderma, you should consult your doctor for immediate treatments.

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