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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
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
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.
Ana was nucleolar ENA negative c3c and 4 low no symptoms does nucleolar always mean scleroderma I have no symptoms?
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have 1 very small telangiectasia on the top of my hand.I have lupus.Does this mean I could have scleroderma or crest too? im very fair skinned
No: No it does not. That question is best addressed to your own rheumatologist. ...Read more
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?
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...
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
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