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Esophagus and Lung Involvement ?

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Hi All, 

I think I read somewhere if there is esophagus involvement then most likely there is also Lung involvement. Is this true? And if so, what kind of lung problems? Appreciate any feedback.

 

Thanks,

Jean

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Well Jean, I can only reply with my own experience.  I have Achalasia which is lack of peristalsis and other changes in the oesophagus but so far I don't seem to have any lung involvement.  This has been the case for a number of years so I am not anticipating lung problems in the near future.


Judy Trewartha

(Retired) ISN Support Specialist

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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Hi Jean,

 

As Judy has pointed out in her post, having gastrointestinal involvement doesn't necessarily mean that you would also develop lung involvement; scleroderma is unpredictable and the symptoms affect everyone differently. I have lung involvement, but thankfully have had no signs of gut problems (so far!), so the reverse is also true.

 

However, it is possible for heartburn and refluxto cause lung problems, as stomach acid can inadvertently enter the lungs and cause aspiration pneumonia.

 

This is why we recommend a scleroderma specialist to deal with this disease, as hopefully they will be familiar with this scenario and prescribe suitable medication to try and keep the reflux under control.

 

Kind regards,


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Not only that, but increased aspiration has also been shown to be linked to increased lung fibrosis in test data.

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