CREST vs. Systemic
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Posted 14 February 2010 - 08:28 AM
CREST is usually a systemic form of scleroderma (meaning that it can effect other organs than the skin). It is usually differentiated from "diffuse" scleroderma, which tends to come on rapidly and involves severe skin involvement.
Some view CREST as a dated term, since so many different forms seem to exist. My diagnosis was originally CREST, though it would be CRST, since I have no esophageal involvement. However, I have pulmonary involvement (thus it is systemic), as well as secondary Sjogren's syndrome.
Posted 16 February 2010 - 09:08 PM
My appointment at rheumatologist was set to 26. Feb. I have arranged that 2 months ago (long waiting). In my town there are no private rheumatologists, they work only in hospitals and are overloaded with patients. I have agreed dermatologist for mid March. To cardiologist I will go privately these days. The others... I will see what the rheumatologist says (neurologist, x rays, pulmonologist, blood, physical...). I have been through all this last year but they did not even test sclero. They thought rheumatoid arthritis. And tested for all other kind of diseases (Borelia, Parvo, Toxo, Hepatitis etc.). All wrong.
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