Lung problems

Many people with scleroderma have some form of changes to their lungs. However, not everybody gets noticeable changes.1,2 Find out the most common types of lung problems found in scleroderma.

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Scleroderma patient with lung symptoms

Did you know?

Other phrases to describe lung issues:

  • Lung involvement.

  • Pulmonary fibrosis.

  • 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

  • ILD icon

    Interstitial lung disease (ILD, also known as lung fibrosis)

    When the lungs become stiffer and thicker.

  • PAH icon

    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.

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Managing lung problems

Lung symptoms can affect your quality of life.4 Find out how you can help to look after your lungs. 

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.

What is PAH

Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) can affect some people with scleroderma, but it can be managed.