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|Early Diagnosis of SSc
Skin is the largest organ in our body. It protects us from environmental factors, like sunshine and chemicals.
It is like elastic, in that it stretches and then snaps back to its original shape and size, which is called viscoelasticity.
Sometimes our skin loses its elasticity. This is usually caused by either dehydration, swelling, or disease. Systemic sclerosis (scleroderma) is one of the diseases that can reduce the skin's ability to stretch, even before it causes noticeable skin hardening or tightening.
Skin viscoelasticity: physiologic mechanisms, measurement issues, and application to nursing science. The Cutometer® is an option for measuring viscoelasticity in clinical and bench research protocols. PubMed, Biol Res Nurs.
The Increased Skin Viscoelasticity - A Possible New Fifth Sign for the Very Early Diagnosis of Systemic Sclerosis. In combination with nailfold videocapillaroscopy, the increased skin viscoelasticity parameter could be proposed as the possible new fifth sign for the very early diagnosis of SSc. Current Rheumatology Reviews, 08/06/2014. (Also see Diagnosis of Skin Fibrosis)
An overview of Elastography—An emerging branch of Medical Imaging. The viscoelastic material properties of soft tissue can be characterized using elasticity imaging methods. The future for this imaging modality holds great potential for many different applications to assist in detection of disease and improving patient outcomes. Curr Med Imaging Rev, Nov 2011; 7(4): 255-282.
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