Frontiers of Medicine

, Volume 13, Issue 2, pp 259–266 | Cite as

Clinical characteristics in lymphangioleiomyomatosis-related pulmonary hypertension: an observation on 50 patients

  • Xiuxiu Wu
  • Wenshuai Xu
  • Jun Wang
  • Xinlun Tian
  • Zhuang Tian
  • Kaifeng XuEmail author
Research Article


Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) is a rare diffuse cystic lung disease. Knowledge on LAM-related pulmonary hypertension (PH) is limited. This study aimed to analyze the clinical characteristics of LAM with elevated pulmonary artery pressure (PAP) and evaluate the potential efficacy of sirolimus. The study involved 50 LAM patients who underwent echocardiography. According to the tricuspid regurgitation velocity (TRV), these patients were divided into the TRV ⩽ 2.8 m/s group and TRV > 2.8 m/s group. Both groups comprised 25 females with an average age of 38.6 ± 8.1 and 41.5 ± 8.9 years. In the TRV > 2.8 m/s group, the estimated systolic PAP (SPAP) was significantly elevated (52.08 ± 12.45 mmHg vs. 30.24 ± 5.25 mmHg, P < 0.01). Linear analysis showed that SPAP was correlated with forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV1), diffusing capacity of the lungs for carbon monoxide, alveolar arterial oxygen gradient (PA-aO2), and 6 min walking distance (r =–0.392, –0.351, 0.450, and –0.591, respectively; P < 0.05), in which PA-aO2 was a risk factor for SPAP elevation (β = 0.064, OR = 1.066, P < 0.05). Moreover, in 10 patients who received sirolimus therapy, SPAP decreased from 57.0 12.6 mmHg to 35.2 ± 11.1 mmHg. The study showed that LAM patients with PH exhibit poor pulmonary function and hypoxemia and may benefit from sirolimus treatment.


lymphangioleiomyomatosis pulmonary hypertension pulmonary function hypoxemia sirolimus 


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This work was supported by the Beijing Municipal Science and Technology Project (No. Z151100003915126) and the National Key Research and Development Program of China (No. 2016YFC-0901502).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xiuxiu Wu
    • 1
  • Wenshuai Xu
    • 1
  • Jun Wang
    • 1
  • Xinlun Tian
    • 1
  • Zhuang Tian
    • 2
  • Kaifeng Xu
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Respiratory Medicine, Peking Union Medical College HospitalChinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical CollegeBeijingChina
  2. 2.Department of Cardiology, Peking Union Medical College HospitalChinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical CollegeBeijingChina

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