Serum VEGF levels are related to the presence of pulmonary arterial hypertension in systemic sclerosis

@article{Papaioannou2009SerumVL,
  title={Serum VEGF levels are related to the presence of pulmonary arterial hypertension in systemic sclerosis},
  author={Andriana I Papaioannou and Epaminondas G Zakynthinos and Konstantinos Kostikas and Theodoros S. Kiropoulos and Angela Koutsokera and Athanasios Ziogas and Athanasios C. Koutroumpas and Lazaros I Sakkas and Konstantinos I. Gourgoulianis and Zoe Daniil},
  journal={BMC Pulmonary Medicine},
  year={2009},
  volume={9},
  pages={18 - 18}
}
BACKGROUND The association between systemic sclerosis and pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is well recognized. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) has been reported to play an important role in pulmonary hypertension. The aim of the present study was to examine the relationship between systolic pulmonary artery pressure, clinical and functional manifestations of the disease and serum VEGF levels in systemic sclerosis. METHODS Serum VEGF levels were measured in 40 patients with… CONTINUE READING