Hypoventilatory respiratory failure in generalised sclerodermaBr Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1983; 286 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.286.6362.337 (Published 29 January 1983) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1983;286:337
- Gerald D Iliffe,
- Norman M Pettigrew
A patient with generalised cutaneous and gastrointestinal scleroderma subsequently died from respiratory failure secondary to hyperventilation. At necropsy changes consistent with scleroderma of the diaphragm were found; these were thought to have contributed appreciably to the terminal respiratory failure.
This case indicates that diaphragmatic changes should be added to the list of respiratory complications of scleroderma.