Unusual association of systemic sclerosis and ankylosing spondylitis
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Systemic sclerosis (SSc) and ankylosing spondylitis (AS) are diseases that present distinct epidemiologic patterns [1, 2]. Since apparently no physiopathologic link exists between them, the chances of these two infrequent diseases occurring in the same patient are remote. In a review of the literature only four reports were found. The first one reported a patient with a long-standing untreated AS who presented with a malignant lymphoma and simultaneously developed SSc . The second was a report of a patient with a combination of scleroderma and AS, whose presenting complaint was transfer dysphagia due to impaired relaxation of the upper esophageal sphincter as a result of tight overlying cervical skin or sclerodermatous involvement of the sphincter itself . The third described a 40-year-old patient with a diagnosis of spondyloarthropathy associated with the CREST (calcinosis, Raynaud’s phenomenon, esophageal dysfunction, sclerodactyly, telangiectasia) syndrome . A description...
KeywordsAnkylose Spondylitis Interstitial Lung Disease Force Vital Capacity Pulmonary Involvement Idiopathic Inflammatory Myopathy
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