Respir Med Case Rep 2017 15;22:109-112. Epub 2017 Jul 15.
Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, University of Louisville Health Sciences Center, Louisville, KY, USA.
Scleroderma-related interstitial lung disease (SSc-ILD) is a pulmonary fibrosing disorder characterized by systemic inflammation and progressive scarring of the lungs that leads to respiratory failure. Although certain immunosuppressive therapies may slow disease progression, current treatment strategies are not curative; consequently, SSc-ILD continues to be a major cause of morbidity and mortality. We present four cases of SSc-ILD that emphasize the importance of early screening and detection, close follow-up, and aggressive management. We also highlight the need for well-conducted clinical trials designed to identify new and effective treatments.