Did you know?
Other phrases to describe lung issues:
- Pulmonary disease.
- Respiratory problems.
Up to half of scleroderma patients have some evidence of lung disease but not everyone will have symptoms, so it is important to identify it and start treating it as early as possible.1,3
There are two key ways in which scleroderma may affect your lungs:1,3
Interstitial lung disease (ILD, also known as lung fibrosis)
When the lungs become stiffer and thicker.
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (or PAH)
When the pressure in the blood vessels in the lungs gets too high.
Try to be aware of any little changes that could suggest a lung problem. The earlier they get spotted, the sooner you can be tested and get extra support.
What to expect at lung tests
People with scleroderma should have their lung tested regularly. Learn more about the type of tests your doctor may use.
What is ILD
Lung fibrosis (interstitial lung disease [ILD]) is a serious complication of scleroderma. Find out more here.