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Systemic Scleroderma: Gangrene in Fingertips

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Gangrene

Gangrene in Finger Gangrene in Fingertip by KathySevere cases of systemic scleroderma and Raynaud's (as well as other illnesses) 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.

Gangrene sets in more frequently among scleroderma patients who smoke or use caffeine, because such substances further constrict blood vessels.

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ISN Photo Repository: Gangrene in Fingertips (Enlarged). ISN.

GangreneGangrene and Amputations. ISN.

ISN Photo Repository (Main Page).

ISN Photo Repository: Finger Ulcers.

Raynaud's: Treatments: Severe Cases. ISN.

Skin Involvement: Digital (Finger) Ulcers. ISN.

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