Cardiovascular autonomic function, autoantibodies, and esophageal motor activity in patients with systemic sclerosis and mixed connective tissue disease.

@article{Stacher2000CardiovascularAF,
  title={Cardiovascular autonomic function, autoantibodies, and esophageal motor activity in patients with systemic sclerosis and mixed connective tissue disease.},
  author={Georg Stacher and R Merio and C Budka and Christa Schneider and Josef S Smolen and Gerhard Tappeiner},
  journal={The Journal of rheumatology},
  year={2000},
  volume={27 3},
  pages={692-7}
}
OBJECTIVE To study cardiovascular autonomic nerve function and presence of autoantibodies in relation to esophageal motor activity in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc) and mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD). METHODS Twenty-five patients with SSc (13 limited, 12 diffuse cutaneous disease; disease duration 1-19 yrs) and 6 patients with MCTD (disease duration 1-10 yrs) were studied. Cardiovascular autonomic function was assessed using 5 standard tests and autoantibody status determined… CONTINUE READING

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