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Does any one out there know about morphea scleroderma?

Does any one out there know about morphea scleroderma?

YES SEE BELOW: Morphea is a medical term for localized scleroderma. The disease involves isolated patches of hardened skin - there generally is no internal organ involvement. ...Read more

Dr. Pierre Moeser
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Scleroderma (Definition)

An autoimmune disease in which there is excessive thickening of the connective tissues. This can cause skin tightening, rash, difficulty swallowing, and in severe cases affect ...Read more


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What is the meaning of dermatosclerosis?

What is the meaning of dermatosclerosis?

Dermatosclerosis: An autoimmune disease that affects the blood vessels and connective tissue; fibrous connective tissue is deposited in the skin. ...Read more

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What kind of condition is 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

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What are the key symptoms of dermatosclerosis?

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

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What things predispose someone to dermatosclerosis?

What things predispose someone to dermatosclerosis?

Diabetes: It is associated with diabetes and usually involves the back of neck. It is difficult to treat although to is often asymptomatic. ...Read more

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What choices do I have for treating dermatosclerosis?

What choices do I have for treating dermatosclerosis?

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 more

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What is the definition or description of: Dermatosclerosis?

Dermatosclerosis: Dermatosclerosis = scleroderma = autoimmune disease affecting connective tissue & blood vessels. It causes skin to thicken asymmetrically due to deposits of fibrous connective tissue in the skin. ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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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 more

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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.

It does not: You are right. There is a clear set of criteria to confirm the diagnosis of scleroderma. Until then is only suspected/ possible/ likely. A rheumatologist should be able to confirm or rule it out based on symptoms, history, physical exam and review of diagnostic data. ...Read more

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Ana was nucleolar ENA negative c3c and 4 low no symptoms does nucleolar always mean scleroderma I have no symptoms?

Ana was nucleolar ENA negative c3c and 4 low  no symptoms does nucleolar always mean scleroderma I have no symptoms?

No! Many false pos.!: I believe you have little to worry about. I see many false positives in my rheumatology practice. No one knows how many there are, but false positive anas are great for my practice! i can give the patient goodnews! 5% of the population has false positive anas. ...Read more

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Ana positive1.810 with a homogenous pattern what does this mean? What could i have? Few family members have lupus 1 scleroderma

See below: Your doctor will have to interpret the ANA in context to your symptoms. With you having a family history of autoimmune disease, you are at increased risk for developing one. However; false positive ANA can occur and we also know that a person who has family history of autoimmune disease may test positive for ana, but may never develop an autoimmune disease. It would be best to see a rheum dr. ...Read more

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I have scleroderma and my last chest xray came back with increased haziness. What does that mean?

I have scleroderma and my last chest xray came back with increased haziness. What does that mean?

Non-Specific: Sorry to hear about your dx. but it is treatable. Xray findings are only a small part of the picture, so don't get hung up. More sensitive is chest CT if your Dr. wants to follow you closely. You can see: http://radiopaedia.org/articles/scleroderma-pulmonary-manifestations Yes, the "haze" can be seen in scleroderma, but other factors are impt. so follow with your rheumatologist and be well. ...Read more

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I have a positive ANA 1:640 homogenous nuclear staining. Does this mean scleroderma or lupus? I also have a very slightly elevated angiotensin conv en

Depends: No diagnosis can be firmly established with a single blood test even in your case. Bone pain is not the usual manifestation of an autoimmune disease. Why was the test ordered in the first place? If your doctor suspects the presence of an autoimmune disorder , more tests will be needed to pin down the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Ana positive c3c low and low phosphate no symptoms of anything does this mean lupus or since ANA was nucleolar scleroderma or not necessarily auto immune issue?

Ana positive c3c low and low phosphate no symptoms of anything does this mean lupus or since ANA was nucleolar scleroderma or not necessarily auto immune issue?

Why the test?: If you don't have symptoms of anything, why did you have the test in the first place? Tests should be ordered when there is a reasonable suspicion of disease through the questioning and physical examination. Having a positive ANA alone means nothing. ...Read more

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I have 6 mouth ulcers right now, one is on the bridge of my throat and one is on a tonsil, does this mean anything? I have Scleroderma and RA...

I have 6 mouth ulcers right now, one is on the bridge of my throat and one is on a tonsil, does this mean anything? I have Scleroderma and RA...

Herpetic lesions: It's possible that these are herpetic lesions and should be checked by your dentist or ear, nose, and throat doctor right away. Depending on the source, these can spread and make swallowing difficult which could impact your diet and health. ...Read more

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What is scleroderma?

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 more

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Who gets scleroderma?

Anyone,even children: Anyone can get scleroderma, even children. Women have a higher incidence than men. There are different forms of scleroderma and those subtypes vary slightly in their incidences among people of european versus african descent. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dermatosclerosis (Definition)

Dermatosclerosis = scleroderma = autoimmune disease affecting connective tissue & blood vessels. It causes skin to thicken asymmetrically due to deposits of fibrous connective ...Read more