Nailfold videocapillaroscopy can be used to assess the digital ulcer risk in people who have systemic sclerosis (SSc, scleroderma). Nailfold studies are also useful for diagnosis of systemic scleroderma. (Also see Fingernails, Fingerprints, Nailfolds, and Cuticles)
At–risk systemic sclerosis (SSc) patients can be identified using nailfold videocapillaroscopy ( NVC) a non–invasive imaging technique. The results supported the use of NVC as a routine strategy to evaluate patients with systemic sclerosis and to identify those at higher risks of disease progression and severity. Scleroderma News, 03/08/2016.
Late nailfold videocapillaroscopy (NVC) patterns associated with hand calcinosis and acro-osteolysis in systemic sclerosis (SSc). Acro–osteolysis and calcinosis are independently associated with the late NVC pattern, and particularly with severe capillary loss. PubMed, Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken), 07/20/2015. (Also see Bone Resorption in SSc and Calcinosis)
The relationship between nailfold capillaroscopic assessment and telangiectasia score with severity of peripheral vascular involvement in systemic sclerosis. Digital ulcer history and severe PVI in SSc were associated with capillary loss and microangiopathy. PubMed, Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology, 03/23/2015. (Also see Vascular Involvement and Telangiectasia)
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