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Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a rare connective tissue disease that affects 276 people per million in the U.S., of whom around 70% will experience interstitial lung disease (ILD). The disease is characterized by a progressive course of scarring to the blood vessels underlying the skin, connective tissue, joints, and organs. The pathology of SSc remains to be fully elucidated, but different immunologic and genetic pathways have been explored as potential precipitating factors for SSc. Based on what is known, SSc-ILD may be summarized into three steps: 1) continuous injury to endothelial cells, 2) activation of innate and adaptive immunity, 3) recruitment and activation of fibroblasts.
The following HCPs: pulmonologists, rheumatologists, primary care physicians, pathologists, dermatologists; physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and pharmacists specializing in pulmonology; and any other HCPs who have an interest in or otherwise clinically encounter patients with Ssc-ILD.
This program is supported by an educational grant from Boehringer Ingelheim.
Release Date: August 20, 2018 -- Expiration Date: August 20, 2020
Faculty: Terese Hammond, MD
Cursory refresher and review on SSc-ILD epidemiology and diagnosis:
Treatment of SSc-ILD:
By the end of the session the participant will be able to:
ACCME Activity #201226485
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Dr. Terese C. Hammond, MD, Clinical Professor, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA has no relevant conflicts of interest to disclose.
Disclosures of Educational Planners: Charles Turck, PharmD has no relevant conflicts of interest to disclose.
Commercial Support Disclosure: This program is supported by an educational grant from Boehringer Ingelheim.
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