Researchers writing in Arthritis and Rheumatology have found that some scleroderma patients carry enriched antibodies that may prevent cancer and provide immunity to other systemic sclerosis-associated conditions, such as scleroderma renal crisis and SSc-gastrointestinal disease.
The focus here: early signs and symptoms that can point to the diagnosis.
Compared with conventional treatment, extracorporeal shock-wave therapy resulted in a significant decrease in finger ulcers.
Combining assays may identify patients at higher risk and lead to earlier treatment.
Systemic sclerosis. Its rarity could lead to delays in diagnosis which, according to a review, may not be fully understood by inexperienced physicians.
A patient with uncontrolled hypertension, long-term Raynaud’s phenomenon, altered mental status, facial droop, dysarthria, diplopia and renal crisis.
Myeloablative autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation is a superior treatment in the long term as compared to cyclophosphamide for severe scleroderma, research shows.