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Lancia: A Friend of a Morphea Patient

Snow Feeder for Lancia by Judy Tarro, ISN Artist Some time ago a beloved friend of mine was diagnosed with scleroderma. (I think it is Morphea from the description provided on the site.)

Everything started from the fact that she has a finger that is always cold and pale. She was taken to Modena and underwent an intervention. I do not remember the technical term, but it consists practically in unblocking the blood vessels. On this occasion she was diagnosed with scleroderma.

I wonder now what is the relationship between the intervention she went through and the diagnosed disease?

Medical Editor's Note : Blood vessel injury resulting in Raynaud's phenomenon is an intrinsic feature of systemic sclerosis and is NOT a feature of morphea. Patients with localized scleroderma (this means skin involvement only) including morphea and linear scleroderma do not risk internal organ problems or blood vessel features of systemic disease. There are occasional patients with systemic disease who in addition to involvement of the skin of the fingers and hands will have morphea lesions in more central areas of the body. Thus while morphea does not become systemic disease - some people with systemic disease may sometimes have lesions of morphea.

To Contact the Author

Email: Monia.politi@enel.it
Story posted 01-26-04 SS
Story translated from Italian to English by Luis Fran Ydler

Story Artist: Judy Tarro
Story Editor: Judith Devlin

ISN Artist: Judy Tarro

Judy TarroJudy Tarro, ISN Artist, created the digital photo to illustrate the story on this page. She is also owner of SD World website and email list.

ISN Story Editor: Judith Thompson Devlin

Judith Thompson Devlin is the ISN Story Editor for this story. She is also lead editor of the ISN's wonderful Voices of Scleroderma book series!

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