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Normal Versus Abnormal Findings in Nailfold Capillaroscopy.

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Normal Versus Abnormal Findings in Nailfold Capillaroscopy.


The majority of patients with clinically recognizable scleroderma (SSc) show a very characteristic combination of capillary abnormalities (giant capillaries, loss of capillaries in the nailfold, hemorrhages and ramifications), the ''scleroderma-type'' changes, which can easily be assessed through pattern recognition. V. Smith Ghent. EULAR 2011 SP0079. Ann rheumatologist Dis 2011;70(Suppl3):23. (Also see: Nailfold Capillaroscopy)


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I really have an interest in this. I had the nail fold capillaroscopy done. She said it was sclerodermic and she said in her medical notes "with dropouts".


I am diagnosed as UCTD right now. I have no skin hardening, to my knowledge, just swelling of my nail fold and red streaks in them and in my cuticle. My Raynauds started in January. I am 25 years old, and everything I read says dropouts are very normal for progressive and not usual in localized. I'm kind of not sure what to do.


My doctor keeps saying I am undifferentiated because I have lupus symptoms too, malar rash. I also know that dermamyositis can have a very similar finding to the dropout finding of scleroderma, which would explain it all.


I'm hoping I can at least find somebody who has been diagnosed with dropouts and who doesn't have progressive. Otherwise I can't find any literature on Localized with dropouts. I can research pretty well so if I can't find it I don't know what else to do but ask those who suffer from these as well.


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