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Alopecia (hair loss) may occur with Scleroderma, if it affects the scalp. It may also occur due to the side effects of some treatments for Scleroderma symptoms, such as chemotherapy.
Pictures of Calcinosis (Calcium Deposits)
Calcinosis on Fingertip. The calcium nodule is an ugly thing, with lots of irregularities to hang onto flesh. My wife has had scleroderma for about 30 years. She is now having painful calcium nodules forming in her fingertips. ISN Photo Repository, contributed by Jorge.
Calcinosis on Dime. The particle shown on this dime followed a smaller particle which was removed from the same fingertip about 3 weeks earlier. The finger failed to heal and my wife picked at the second piece of calcium for about 2 weeks before it finally came out. Painful calcium deposits are supposed to be removed by a doctor to help prevent infection or complications, although sometimes they burst or come out on their own. ISN Photo Repository, contributed by Jorge.
Photo of Gangrene Severe cases of systemic scleroderma and Raynaud's may cause a total lack of blood supply to the extremities. When this happens, necrosis (death of tissue) and gangrene may set in, sometimes making it necessary to have the affected part(s) amputated. Gangrene sets in more frequently among scleroderma patients who smoke or use caffeine, because such substances further constrict blood vessels. ISN.
Localized Scleroderma (Morphea and Linear) Photos
Morphoea. Includes pictures of Generalized Morphea, Pansclerotic Disabling Morphea, and Atrophoderma of Pierinii and Pasini. New Zealand Dermatological Society.
Photos of Scleredema. Scleredema is an illness similar to scleroderma. It is also known as Scleredema Adultorum, Scleredema Adultorum of Buschke, Scleredema Diabeticorum, and Scleredema Diabeticorum of Buschke. (Also see: Scleredema)
Pictures of Sclerodactyly or Scleroderma Hands
Photos of Sclerodactyly. The most classic symptom of systemic sclerosis (scleroderma) is sclerodactyly. Initial symptoms include swollen hands, which sometimes progress to this tapering and claw-like deformity. Not everyone with scleroderma develops this degree of skin hardening. However, it is this symptom that has earned scleroderma the nickname of 'the disease that turns people to stone'. ISN Photo Repository, contributed by Sherrill Knaggs and Cindy G.
Photos of Scleroderma Digital (Finger) Ulcers Scleroderma and Raynaud's can cause painful ulcers on the fingers or toes, which are known as digital ulcers. No treatment for finger ulcers should be undertaken without the supervision of a physician it's very important to treat finger ulcers properly, to prevent complications such as serious infection, gangrene or possible amputation. ISN Photo Repository, contributed by Cindy G.
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