Table 1

 Clinical and biological characteristics of the patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc)

CharacteristicsPatients with SSc
(n = 18)
Results are shown as mean (SD) {range} unless indicated otherwise.
Age (years)59 (8.9) {42–79}
Disease duration (years)7.2 (4.3) {1–17}
Raynaud’s phenomenon, No (%)18 (100)
Lung fibrosis (CT scan), No (%)9 (50)
Forced vital capacity (% of predicted value)92 (23)
    Patients with FVC <75% of predicted value (n)4/18
Tlco/haemoglobin (% of predicted value)76 (16)
    Patients with Tlco <75% of predicted value (n)8/18
Systolic pulmonary arterial pressure (mm Hg)32 (4) {21–38}
Positive for antitopoisomerase I antibodies, No (%)9 (50)
Positive for anticentromere antibodies, No (%)5 (28)
Mean creatinine (µmol/l)79 (11) {65–100}
Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (mm/1st h)17 (14) {5–22}
C reactive protein (mg/l)7 (5) {2–60}