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Failure of captopril to reverse the renal crisis of scleroderma
  1. E. A. Brown1,
  2. G. A. Macgregor1,
  3. R. N. Maini2
  1. 1Department of Medicine, Charing Cross Hospital Medical School, Fulham Palace Road, London W6
  2. 2Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology, 6 Bute Gardens, London W6 7DW


    Captopril, an oral inhibitor of angiotensin converting enzyme, has recently been described as causing a dramatic reversal of the renal crisis in scleroderma in 2 patients1. We report here 2 patients with scleroderma, hypertension, and rapidly deteriorating renal function who were given captopril. Despite good blood pressure control, captopril had no effect on renal function, both patients requiring long-term haemodialysis.

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