An Overview of Systemic Sclerosis
- Fatbardha Lamaj
Two groups of outpatients (7 in each group) with Raynaud's syndrome, matched for severity of illness, were randomly allocated to receive at weekly intervals for three weeks either a 5 h intravenous infusion of buffer or epoprostenol (prostacyclin, PGI2) in buffer (7.5 ng/kg/min after the first hour). PGI2 reduced the frequency and duration of ischaemic attacks (both p less than 0.01). Hand temperature measurements with a thermocouple were significantly improved at 1 week; 6 weeks after the last infusion hand temperatures had returned to baseline. There was a corresponding loss of clinical response 8-10 weeks after the last infusion.