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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 304-307
Significance of various pulmonary and extrapulmonary abnormalities on HRCT of the chest in scleroderma lung

1 Department of Radiology, Fortis memorial Research Institute, Gurgaon, Haryana, India
2 Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
3 Department of Radiology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Jonathon Leipsic
Department of Radiology, St Paul's Hospital, 1081, Burrard Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6Z 1Y6
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0971-3026.125570

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Patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc) are routinely investigated with high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) chest for early detection and accurate characterization of complicating interstitial lung diseases. Though the primary aim of HRCT is to delineate the burden of pulmonary involvement and to characterize the nature of fibrosis to potentially help guide management, it provides an opportunity to evaluate extrapulmonary manifestations, particularly the dilated pulmonary artery, esophageal dilatation, and pericardial abnormalities which have their own clinical significance. The aim of this article is to discuss the significance of various pulmonary and extrapulmonary abnormalities that may be identified on HRCT chest of SSc patients.

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