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Lookup NU author(s): Dr John O'Sullivan,
Emeritus Professor Nick Europe-Finner
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The onset of pulmonary hypertension in patients with systemic sclerosis carries a poor prognosis. Atrial septostomy has been used successfully to palliate endstage primary pulmonary hypertension but has not been attempted in other forms of pulmonary vascular disease. We report substantial clinical improvement following atrial septostomy, in a patient with systemic sclerosis complicated by severe, isolated pulmonary hypertension. After the procedure, exercise capacity was improved and exertional syncope abolished. We suggest that this procedure should be considered for other patients with this diagnosis.
Author(s): Allcock RJ, O'Sullivan JJ, Corris PA
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Arthritis & Rheumatism
ISSN (print): 0004-3591
ISSN (electronic): 1529-0131
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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