|Video of Symptoms
Our video slideshow features photos of systemic sclerosis symptoms such as Raynaud's, calcinosis, digital ulcers, gangrene.
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.
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.
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Photo of Gangrene. Severe cases ofsystemic sclerodermaandRaynaud'smay 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.ISN.
Morphoea. Includes pictures of Generalized Morphea, Pansclerotic Disabling Morphea, and Atrophoderma of Pierinii and Pasini.New Zealand Dermatological Society.
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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 seeScleredema)
Photos of Sclerodactyly.The most classic symptom ofsystemic sclerosis (scleroderma)issclerodactyly. 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.
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Photos of Scleroderma Digital (Finger) UlcersScleroderma and Raynaud's can cause painful ulcers on the fingers or toes, which are known asdigital 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.
Photo of Digital (Finger) Ulcer from Mixed Connective Tissue Disease (MCTD).Thisdigital ulceris 14 weeks old. It was caused by secondaryRaynaud's phenomenon, in a patient withMixed Connective Tissue Disease (MCTD).The MCTD was diagnosed 5 years ago, afterthyroidgland removal.ISN Photo Repository, contributed by Jeanne N.
Digital Ulcer from Mixed Connective Tissue Disease (MCTD).When I was eighteen my rheumatologist diagnosed me withrheumatoid arthritis. Later at the age of twenty-one, another doctor said it looks more likeC.R.E.S.T. Scleroderma. Now I'm twenty-six and the same doctor who diagnosed me with rheumatoid arthritis says its mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD). ISN Photo Repository, contributed by Rosemarie.
Photo of Scleroderma Leg Ulcer This is a very large chronic leg ulcer in a Systemic Sclerosis patient, which has not responded to treatment. ISN Photo Repository, contributed by Sylvia Finegan.
Also see:Digital Ulcersby ISN.
Photos of Scleroderma Symptoms in Dermatology Image Atlas.Johns Hopkins University.
Vascular Ectasia of the Gastric Antrum.To view their photos requires site registration.The New England Journal of Medicine, 7-16-98,Vol. 339, No. 3. NEJM.
Watermelon Stomach.Watermelon Stomach is the popular name forGastric Antral Vascular Ectasia (GAVE) —a condition in which theliningof the stomach bleeds, causing it to look like the characteristic stripes of a watermelonwhen viewed by Endoscopy.ISN.
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