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#1 oddone

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Posted 20 November 2006 - 06:11 AM

My husband (38yr old male) has been recently diagnosed with Diffuse Systemic Sclerosis Scleroderma.
He has probably been symptomatic for 1.5 years.
He recently had an echocardiogram which came back "normal accept for mild aortic sclerosis"
Could someone explain to me, whether this is Scleroderma related?
Possible indicator of PH, heart involvement?
Common of a 38 yr old male?

Several questions, and would like to seek some answers.

Thank you for your time.
Oddone - Spouse - 38 yr old Husband diagnosed October 2006, Diffuse Systemic Scleroderma
Normal PFT(July 06), ECG(Nov/06)

#2 Heidi

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Posted 20 November 2006 - 08:56 AM

Hi and Welcome to the Forums!

I am so glad you found us, but sorry it is because of your husband's diagnosis of diffuse scleroderma. Here is some information about cardiac involvement in Systemic Scleroderma that you might find helpful in answering your questions: http://www.sclero.or...sd-cardiac.html

It is possible that the aortic sclerosis is related to the scleroderma, but I would definitely ask his doctor for more information and his/her opinion on this.

Warm wishes,
Heidi

#3 janey

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Posted 20 November 2006 - 01:29 PM

Hi Oddone,
Welcome! I'm sorry to hear about your husband's diagnosis of dSSc. I know there are other males on this forum that he would probably like to hook up with. Everyone here is very supportive and willing to share information and hugs any time you need them.

In the link that Heidi provided, you'll see a section on Aortic Stiffness. This will provide some information about your husband's ECO results. I'm also providing you a link to the MayoClinic's page on Aortic valve calcification (Sclerosis). I hope it helps. Sclerosis can be defined as the hardening of tissue due to chronic inflammation so since sclero is a connective tissue disease, any where there is connective tissue, there is the possibility of it stiffening. The fact that your husband's results showed "mild" is great! I'll take "mild" any old day.

Please keep us informed of your husband's condition and write us any time. Welcome!

Big Hugs,
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#4 oddone

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Posted 20 November 2006 - 02:14 PM

Many thanks Heidi and Janey, your help is greatly appreciated
Oddone - Spouse - 38 yr old Husband diagnosed October 2006, Diffuse Systemic Scleroderma
Normal PFT(July 06), ECG(Nov/06)