|Video of Symptoms
This video slideshow features images of scleroderma (systemic sclerosis) symptoms such as calcinosis, digital ulcers, gangrene, and Raynaud's. (Also see What is Scleroderma?, Types of Scleroderma, Scleroderma Symptoms, and Scleroderma Videos)
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. ISN.
Calcinosis on Fingertip. This calcium nodule is an ugly thing, with lots of irregularities to hang onto flesh. My wife has had scleroderma for about thirty years. She is now having painful calcium nodules forming in her fingertips. ISN.
Calcinosis on Dime. The particle shown on this dime followed a smaller particle which was removed from the same fingertip about three weeks earlier. The finger failed to heal and my wife picked at the second piece of calcium for about two 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. (Also see: Calcinosis)
Photo of Gangrene. Severe cases of systemic scleroderma and Raynaud's may 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.
Morphea. Includes pictures of generalized morphea, pansclerotic disabling morphea, and Atrophoderma of Pierinii and Pasini. New Zealand Dermatological Society. (Also see: Types of Scleroderma, Morphea Scleroderma, Bullous Morphea, and Linear Scleroderma)
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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 see Scleredema)
Photos of Sclerodactyly. The most classic symptom of systemic sclerosis (scleroderma) is sclerodactyly. 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. (Also see: Sclerodactyly)
Photos of Scleroderma Digital (Finger) Ulcers. Scleroderma and Raynaud's can cause painful ulcers on the fingers or toes, which are known as digital 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 of Digital (Finger) Ulcer from Mixed Connective Tissue Disease (MCTD). This digital ulcer is fourteen weeks old. It was caused by secondary Raynaud's phenomenon, in a patient with Mixed Connective Tissue Disease (MCTD). The MCTD was diagnosed five years ago, after thyroid gland removal. ISN.
Digital Ulcer from Mixed Connective Tissue Disease (MCTD). When I was eighteen my rheumatologist diagnosed me with rheumatoid arthritis. Later at the age of twenty-one, another doctor said it looks more like C.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.
Telangiectasia. Telangiectasia are harmless, dilated superficial blood vessels. They may occur in rosacea, in certain systemic diseases (such as ataxia-telangiectasia, scleroderma) or in long-term therapy with topical fluorinated corticosteroids. Most cases are idiopathic (of unknown cause). ISN.
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 for Gastric Antral Vascular Ectasia (GAVE) — a condition in which the lining of the stomach bleeds, causing it to look like the characteristic stripes of a watermelon when viewed by Endoscopy. ISN.
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