Diagnosing pulmonary hypertension in systemic scleroderma, especially in the early stages, can be difficult. Systemic scleroderma can affect the same organs as pulmonary hypertension and symptoms such as fatigue and shortness of breath, the early symptoms of pulmonary hypertension, can also be caused by systemic scleroderma.
Systemic scleroderma symptoms can make it difficult to evaluate the progression and severity of pulmonary hypertension. The 6-minute walk test used to assess pulmonary hypertension can be hindered or rendered impossible by fatigue, muscle weakness, contractures, musculoskeletal pain, heart and lung complications caused by systemic scleroderma. For any queries about pulmonary hypertension secondary to systemic scleroderma please see a registered scleroderma expert and you can find a list on our home page.