Abnormal Nail Folds may Suggest Abnormal Pulmonary Function

Feb 01, 2019

Abnormal nail folds with a pattern indicating systemic sclerosis (SSc) is common in patients with Raynaud's syndrome, shows a study recently published in the Journal of Rheumatology. It can also be present in patients with other forms of connective tissue disease, such as primary Sjögren syndrome, systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis and mixed connective tissue disease. An SSc abnormal nail growth pattern was also found to be associated with abnormal pulmonary function tests (PFT). Learn more here in this slideshow.

Abnormal nail folds with a pattern indicating systemic sclerosis (SSc) is common in patients with Raynaud's syndrome, shows a study recently published in the Journal of Rheumatology. It can also be present in patients with other forms of connective tissue disease, such as primary Sjögren syndrome, systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis and mixed connective tissue disease. An SSc abnormal nail growth pattern was also found to be associated with abnormal pulmonary function tests (PFT). Learn more here in this slideshow.

References:

Anniek M. van Roon, Cato C. Huisman, Arie M. van Roon, et al. Abnormal nail fold capillaroscopy is common in patients with connective tissue disease and associated with abnormal pulmonary function tests. The Journal of Rheumatology Dec 2018. jrheum.180615; DOI: 10.3899/jrheum.180615