Endothelial dysfunction is present only in the microvasculature and microcirculation of early diffuse systemic sclerosis patients

R. T. Domsic, C. Dezfulian, Al Shoushtari, D. Ivanco, E. Kenny, Chian K Kwoh, T. A. Medsger, H. C. Champion

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

19 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To evaluate endothelial function and vascular stiffness in large, medium, small and microcirculatory blood vessels in very early diffuse systemic sclerosis (SSc).

METHODS: We studied consecutive early diffuse SSc patients, defined as <2 years from first SSc symptom who did not have a prior cardiovascular event. Age, gender and race-matched controls were recruited. All underwent assessment of aortic pulse wave velocity (PWV), carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) brachial flow-mediated dilation (FMD), digital peripheral artery tonometer (EndoPAT) assessment and laser speckle contrast imaging (LSCI).

RESULTS: Fifteen early diffuse SSc and controls were evaluated. The average age was 49 years, 63% were female and 93% were Caucasian. There were no differences in body mass index, hypertension, diabetes or hyperlipidaemia between controls and SSc patients. Mean SSc disease duration was 1.3 years. In the large central vessels, there was no difference in aortic PWV (p=0.71) or carotid IMT (p=0.92) between SSc patients and controls. Similarly, there was no difference in endothelial dysfunction with brachial artery FMD after ischaemia (p=0.55) and nitroglycerin administration (p=0.74). There were significantly lower values for digital EndoPAT measures (p=0.0001) in SSc patients. LSCI revealed a distinct pattern of microcirculatory abnormalities in response to ischaemia in SSc patients compared to controls. Imaging demonstrated a blunted microcirculatory hyperaemia of the hand with greater subsequent response to nitroglycerin.

CONCLUSIONS: These findings suggest that the earliest endothelial changes occur in smaller arterioles and microvascular beds, but not in medium or macrovascular beds, in early diffuse SSc.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalClinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Volume32
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

Fingerprint

Diffuse Scleroderma
Systemic Scleroderma
Microcirculation
Microvessels
Carotid Intima-Media Thickness
Pulse Wave Analysis
Nitroglycerin
Dilatation
Lasers
Ischemia
Vascular Stiffness
Brachial Artery
Hyperemia
Arterioles
Hyperlipidemias
Blood Vessels
Body Mass Index
Arm
Hand
Arteries

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Rheumatology
  • Immunology

Cite this

Endothelial dysfunction is present only in the microvasculature and microcirculation of early diffuse systemic sclerosis patients. / Domsic, R. T.; Dezfulian, C.; Shoushtari, Al; Ivanco, D.; Kenny, E.; Kwoh, Chian K; Medsger, T. A.; Champion, H. C.

In: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology, Vol. 32, No. 6, 01.11.2014.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Domsic, R. T. ; Dezfulian, C. ; Shoushtari, Al ; Ivanco, D. ; Kenny, E. ; Kwoh, Chian K ; Medsger, T. A. ; Champion, H. C. / Endothelial dysfunction is present only in the microvasculature and microcirculation of early diffuse systemic sclerosis patients. In: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology. 2014 ; Vol. 32, No. 6.
@article{a5699eaa13e24873a4251ffb35767067,
title = "Endothelial dysfunction is present only in the microvasculature and microcirculation of early diffuse systemic sclerosis patients",
abstract = "OBJECTIVES: To evaluate endothelial function and vascular stiffness in large, medium, small and microcirculatory blood vessels in very early diffuse systemic sclerosis (SSc).METHODS: We studied consecutive early diffuse SSc patients, defined as <2 years from first SSc symptom who did not have a prior cardiovascular event. Age, gender and race-matched controls were recruited. All underwent assessment of aortic pulse wave velocity (PWV), carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) brachial flow-mediated dilation (FMD), digital peripheral artery tonometer (EndoPAT) assessment and laser speckle contrast imaging (LSCI).RESULTS: Fifteen early diffuse SSc and controls were evaluated. The average age was 49 years, 63{\%} were female and 93{\%} were Caucasian. There were no differences in body mass index, hypertension, diabetes or hyperlipidaemia between controls and SSc patients. Mean SSc disease duration was 1.3 years. In the large central vessels, there was no difference in aortic PWV (p=0.71) or carotid IMT (p=0.92) between SSc patients and controls. Similarly, there was no difference in endothelial dysfunction with brachial artery FMD after ischaemia (p=0.55) and nitroglycerin administration (p=0.74). There were significantly lower values for digital EndoPAT measures (p=0.0001) in SSc patients. LSCI revealed a distinct pattern of microcirculatory abnormalities in response to ischaemia in SSc patients compared to controls. Imaging demonstrated a blunted microcirculatory hyperaemia of the hand with greater subsequent response to nitroglycerin.CONCLUSIONS: These findings suggest that the earliest endothelial changes occur in smaller arterioles and microvascular beds, but not in medium or macrovascular beds, in early diffuse SSc.",
author = "Domsic, {R. T.} and C. Dezfulian and Al Shoushtari and D. Ivanco and E. Kenny and Kwoh, {Chian K} and Medsger, {T. A.} and Champion, {H. C.}",
year = "2014",
month = "11",
day = "1",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "32",
journal = "Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology",
issn = "0392-856X",
publisher = "Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology S.A.S.",
number = "6",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Endothelial dysfunction is present only in the microvasculature and microcirculation of early diffuse systemic sclerosis patients

AU - Domsic, R. T.

AU - Dezfulian, C.

AU - Shoushtari, Al

AU - Ivanco, D.

AU - Kenny, E.

AU - Kwoh, Chian K

AU - Medsger, T. A.

AU - Champion, H. C.

PY - 2014/11/1

Y1 - 2014/11/1

N2 - OBJECTIVES: To evaluate endothelial function and vascular stiffness in large, medium, small and microcirculatory blood vessels in very early diffuse systemic sclerosis (SSc).METHODS: We studied consecutive early diffuse SSc patients, defined as <2 years from first SSc symptom who did not have a prior cardiovascular event. Age, gender and race-matched controls were recruited. All underwent assessment of aortic pulse wave velocity (PWV), carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) brachial flow-mediated dilation (FMD), digital peripheral artery tonometer (EndoPAT) assessment and laser speckle contrast imaging (LSCI).RESULTS: Fifteen early diffuse SSc and controls were evaluated. The average age was 49 years, 63% were female and 93% were Caucasian. There were no differences in body mass index, hypertension, diabetes or hyperlipidaemia between controls and SSc patients. Mean SSc disease duration was 1.3 years. In the large central vessels, there was no difference in aortic PWV (p=0.71) or carotid IMT (p=0.92) between SSc patients and controls. Similarly, there was no difference in endothelial dysfunction with brachial artery FMD after ischaemia (p=0.55) and nitroglycerin administration (p=0.74). There were significantly lower values for digital EndoPAT measures (p=0.0001) in SSc patients. LSCI revealed a distinct pattern of microcirculatory abnormalities in response to ischaemia in SSc patients compared to controls. Imaging demonstrated a blunted microcirculatory hyperaemia of the hand with greater subsequent response to nitroglycerin.CONCLUSIONS: These findings suggest that the earliest endothelial changes occur in smaller arterioles and microvascular beds, but not in medium or macrovascular beds, in early diffuse SSc.

AB - OBJECTIVES: To evaluate endothelial function and vascular stiffness in large, medium, small and microcirculatory blood vessels in very early diffuse systemic sclerosis (SSc).METHODS: We studied consecutive early diffuse SSc patients, defined as <2 years from first SSc symptom who did not have a prior cardiovascular event. Age, gender and race-matched controls were recruited. All underwent assessment of aortic pulse wave velocity (PWV), carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) brachial flow-mediated dilation (FMD), digital peripheral artery tonometer (EndoPAT) assessment and laser speckle contrast imaging (LSCI).RESULTS: Fifteen early diffuse SSc and controls were evaluated. The average age was 49 years, 63% were female and 93% were Caucasian. There were no differences in body mass index, hypertension, diabetes or hyperlipidaemia between controls and SSc patients. Mean SSc disease duration was 1.3 years. In the large central vessels, there was no difference in aortic PWV (p=0.71) or carotid IMT (p=0.92) between SSc patients and controls. Similarly, there was no difference in endothelial dysfunction with brachial artery FMD after ischaemia (p=0.55) and nitroglycerin administration (p=0.74). There were significantly lower values for digital EndoPAT measures (p=0.0001) in SSc patients. LSCI revealed a distinct pattern of microcirculatory abnormalities in response to ischaemia in SSc patients compared to controls. Imaging demonstrated a blunted microcirculatory hyperaemia of the hand with greater subsequent response to nitroglycerin.CONCLUSIONS: These findings suggest that the earliest endothelial changes occur in smaller arterioles and microvascular beds, but not in medium or macrovascular beds, in early diffuse SSc.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84994850972&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84994850972&partnerID=8YFLogxK

M3 - Article

C2 - 25372799

AN - SCOPUS:84994850972

VL - 32

JO - Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology

JF - Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology

SN - 0392-856X

IS - 6

ER -