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Initial Scleroderma Signs
Tight skin: People with scleroderma have tight skin, but have other findings including raynauds, finger changing color in the cold or stress, joint pain, and can have internal involvement in the lungs, heart, kidney etc. Each person has different finding and the rheumatologist helps to put it together. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Raynaud's Syndrome!: Raynaud's syndrome is most common, blanching of the last 2/3rds of the digits of the hand with cold, stress, or fear most common. Thickening of the skin of hands (sclerodactaly) is the second most common. Food sticking in the throat is another early sx. However some people can get early pulmonary or renal problems at the same time, or even before these other occur. If you have these, see a rheum. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do you ever diagnose systemic sclerosis sine scleroderma and if so, what are the the clinical signs and symptoms of this disease?
Extremely rare: Systemic sclerosis sine scleroderma is a fibrosing condition of the internal organs including the GI tract, pulmonary artery, and lungs, but lacking the skin features if scleroderma. Systemic sclerosis is a rare condition to begin with, and systemic sclerosis sine scleroderma accounts for <10% of patients. Diagnosis might include antibody tests or abnormal biopsy of affected internal tissues. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Colonoscopy showed erythema of areas of colon- biopsies done and nothing found is this the sign of autoimmune like scleroderma? I know it affectsbowel
Not your answer: I would draw no conclusion whatever beyond that no findings on biopsy is generally good news. Erythema is redness and generally means nothing. Scleroderma won't announce itself in the colon, though it can affect the gut later. If you are concerned and you have the specific changes (generally in the hands) that warn of it, the person to discuss this with is your physician. ...Read more
Can swelling of fingers, along with knuckle, wrist pain and redness on hands be a sign of which, scleroderma or lupus or both...No reynaurds here.
Hard skin: Scleroderma literally means "hard skin." it is a connective tissue disease that primarily involves the skin which becomes fibrotic (hardened). Changes also may occur in the blood vessels, muscles, and internal organs. The disease involves autoimmunity whereby the immune system attacks the normal tissues of the body. The cause is unknown. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers