Normal Versus Abnormal Findings in Nailfold Capillaroscopy.
Posted 12 August 2011 - 01:44 AM
The majority of patients with clinically recognizable scleroderma (SSc) show a very characteristic combination of capillary abnormalities (giant capillaries, loss of capillaries in the nailfold, hemorrhages and ramifications), the ''scleroderma-type'' changes, which can easily be assessed through pattern recognition. V. Smith Ghent. EULAR 2011 SP0079. Ann rheumatologist Dis 2011;70(Suppl3):23. (Also see: Nailfold Capillaroscopy)
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Posted 12 August 2011 - 07:58 PM
I am diagnosed as UCTD right now. I have no skin hardening, to my knowledge, just swelling of my nail fold and red streaks in them and in my cuticle. My Raynauds started in January. I am 25 years old, and everything I read says dropouts are very normal for progressive and not usual in localized. I'm kind of not sure what to do.
My doctor keeps saying I am undifferentiated because I have lupus symptoms too, malar rash. I also know that dermamyositis can have a very similar finding to the dropout finding of scleroderma, which would explain it all.
I'm hoping I can at least find somebody who has been diagnosed with dropouts and who doesn't have progressive. Otherwise I can't find any literature on Localized with dropouts. I can research pretty well so if I can't find it I don't know what else to do but ask those who suffer from these as well.