Scleroderma lung: initial forced vital capacity as predictor of pulmonary function decline.

@article{Plastiras2006SclerodermaLI,
  title={Scleroderma lung: initial forced vital capacity as predictor of pulmonary function decline.},
  author={Sotiris C. Plastiras and Stylianos P Karadimitrakis and Panayiotis D. Ziakas and Panayiotis G. Vlachoyiannopoulos and H M Moutsopoulos and George E. Tzelepis},
  journal={Arthritis and rheumatism},
  year={2006},
  volume={55 4},
  pages={598-602}
}
OBJECTIVE To determine the ability of initial forced vital capacity (FVC) of patients with scleroderma to predict subsequent pulmonary function deterioration. METHODS Data on 78 patients with scleroderma were retrospectively collected and analyzed. FVC (percent predicted), diffusing capacity for carbon monoxide (percent predicted), and various clinical and laboratory parameters were recorded. Pulmonary function decline (outcome) was defined as at least a 15-point sustained decrease in FVC… CONTINUE READING

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