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What Does It Mean When Dermatosclerosis
Bad disease: Scleroderma is a progressive disease that affects the skin and connective tissue (including cartilage, bone, fat, and the tissue that supports the nerves and blood vessels throughout the body). There are two major forms of the disorder. One localize and could effect the whole body. ...Read more
Thickened skin: It is a thickening of the skin usually on the upper back and back of the neck. More common in diabetics and heavier people. Treatment is difficult as medicine is partially effective in preventing progression of problem. ...Read more
Clarify: There is no specific disease called "dermatosclerosis." do you mean scleroderma? If so, treatment options include drugs such as penicillamine, immunosuppressives, and antiinflammatory agents, but there is no definitive cure. If you mean something else, please let us know. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hi, I was told I have 'markers for' limited scleroderma but that this doesn't mean I have the actual disease - but will i, eventually?
Discuss with MD: There is a panel of autoantibodies that are strongly associated with many connective tissue diseases that are thought to be due to autoimmunity. Systemic sclerosis has several markers that can help us stratify patient's risk for systemic versus ltd disease. I would recommend going over these markers with your md (ana, scl-70, anticentromere, anti-rnp, anti-thrnp, anti-pm-scl, anti-rna poly i/iii..). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Just because I have some calcium deposits on the skin, it doesn't necessarily mean I have Scleroderma...or does it? They're not clusters.
I test positive for scleroderma. I have reflux asthma and reynaldo's. Does this mean I have scleroderma?
See below: This is a determination best made by your rheumatologist who knows your history best. Reflux can be seen in scleroderma and reflux can cause asthma symptoms regardless of whether you have scleroderma or not. Raynaud's is associated with scleroderma, but it can also be seen in other conditions independent of scleroderma. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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