Fast Five Quiz: Scleroderma Systemic Sclerosis ILD Presentation and Diagnosis

Zab Mosenifar, MD


January 28, 2022

PFTs in patients with SSc-ILD generally demonstrate a restrictive pattern, with reduced forced vital capacity (FVC) and diffusion capacity of the lung for carbon monoxide. However, FVC may be normal and this measure is not always indicative of fibrosis.

Analysis of bronchoalveolar lavage from patients with SSc-ILD typically shows increased number of granulocytes.

The most common symptoms of SSc-ILD are dyspnea, fatigue, and nonproductive cough.

HRCT scan of the chest may reveal active alveolitis or fibrosis and correlates with yield of biopsy in sarcoidosis.

Learn more about the clinical presentation of CTD-ILD.


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