Role of inflammation in the lung disease of systemic sclerosis: comparison with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

Alveolar inflammation is thought to underlie the development of pulmonary fibrosis in several forms of diffuse lung disease including the connective tissue diseases. The relationship between inflammation and the clinical manifestations of systemic sclerosis (scleroderma), such as skin and lung involvement, is less clear. We therefore evaluated 14 never… (More)