Systemic sclerosis-associated interstitial lung disease
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PURPOSE OF REVIEW: In this review, the authors discuss systemic sclerosis-associated interstitial lung disease (SSc-ILD) with a focus on recent developments in diagnosis, surveillance, and management. RECENT FINDINGS: With advances in the management of SSc, the importance of ILD has been increasingly recognized and is the leading cause of mortality. Early detection is essential, and a combination of lung function testing and chest imaging are key tools in diagnosis and surveillance. The foundation of treatment is immunomodulation with recent studies identifying several potential new agents. The use of therapies targeting pro-fibrotic pathways have demonstrated significant effects on lung function decline and represent the latest advance in therapy for SSc-ILD. SUMMARY: Recent studies support the use of newer therapies in SSc-ILD including antifibrotic agents. The identification and management of comorbidities is important, and lung transplantation is a viable option for patients with advanced disease.
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