Lung involvement is the most frequent cause of death in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc). As lung involvement is frequently asymptomatic, the current recommendation is to carry out thoracic computed tomography (CT) in all patients newly diagnosed with SSc. There is currently disagreement on how patients with SSc for whom no lung involvement was found at the time of diagnosis, should be followed up. Based on a consensus of Austrian rheumatologists, pneumologists and radiologists it is recommended that for asymptomatic patients with a negative CT at the time of initial diagnosis, a transthoracic ultrasound examination should be carried out annually and a lung function examination every 6-12 months. In the presence of a positive lung ultrasound finding a supplementary CT for further clarification is recommended. Based on the data situation, annual CT follow-up controls are recommended for patients with a high risk as defined by appropriate risk factors.
|Translated title of the contribution||Value of CT and transthoracic lung ultrasound in patients with systemic sclerosis: Joint statement of the ÖRG/ÖGP/ÖGR/ÖGUM|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Zeitschrift fur Rheumatologie|
|Early online date||5 May 2022|
|Publication status||Published - Sept 2022|