A male asked:
mild psoriasis sufferer, chronic pain right forarm & elbow. blood tests 80 titre ana, positive anticentromere. psoriatic arthritis or scleroderma?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Cynthia Archer answered
18 years experience Internal Medicine
Occam's Razor: The simplest explanation is most the likely one. Usually Systemic Sclerosis and/or limited Scleroderma is not characterized by arthritis like you describe. The typical biomarker is anti Scl-70 (anti-topoisomerase). Symptoms have to be put into a broader context and be characterized beyond elbow and forearm pain. This one you should see a rheumatologist about. Dermatology would be useful as well.
Answered on Aug 2, 2018
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