Isolated right ventricular failure in scleroderma heart disease

Benjamin J. George*, Michael D. Kwan, Michael J. Morris

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Scleroderma is reported to have numerous cardiac manifestations. Right ventricular failure (RVF) is a well-recognized cardiac complication of scleroderma and most often is related to underlying pulmonary hypertension (PH). Causes of PH include both interstitial lung disease and pulmonary artery vasculopathy. Direct involvement of the ventricle by myocardial fibrosis of coronary vasospasm could also cause a diffuse bilateral cardiomyopathy. We describe a case of predominant RVF in the absence of significant PH in a patient with longstanding scleroderma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)279-281
Number of pages3
JournalCardiology in Review
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Echocardiography
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Right ventricular failure
  • Scleroderma


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