Dynamics of digital ulcers in systemic sclerosis.

Dynamics of digital ulcers in systemic sclerosis. Exp Ther Med. 2020 Jul;20(1):61-67 Authors: Bobeică C, Laurențiu Tatu A, Crăescu M, Solovăstru L Abstract Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a collagenosis with insufficiently known etiopathogenesis, characterized by microvasculopathy and excessive fibrosis in the context of an autoimmune disorder. The incompletely elucidated pathogenesis and limited therapeutic options, disabling aspects, skin lesions and pain determine important functional and psychological deficiencies which affect the quality of life. It is imperative to observe and correlate individual clinical and paraclinical data to optimize disease management. A group of 22 patients diagnosed with SSc, hospitalized in a university clinic in Bucharest was included in an observational study. The evolution of digital ulcers was evaluated as an indicator of vasculopathy and their status and dynamics were correlated with clinical elements reflecting the fibrotic aspect of the disease. The present study shows that the Raynaud phenomenon is almost always present during the course of the disease, but its presence is not always associated with digital ulcers. The existing data in the literature show that fibrosis is subsequent to vasculopathy, but this study did not reveal causality between these two aspects of pathogenesis. The presence of microstomia and digital contracture was identified in the presence of digital ulcers, but also in their absence. The eti...
Source: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine - Category: General Medicine Tags: Exp Ther Med Source Type: research

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We describe the most highly recommended generic and disease-specific PRO tools in SCD and discuss the challenges of incorporating them in clinical practice. EXPERT OPINION: PRO measures are essential to incorporate into SCD clinical trials either as primary or secondary outcomes. The use of PRO measures in SCD facilitates a patient-centered approach, which is likely to lead to improved outcomes. Significant challenges remain in adapting PRO tools to routine clinical use and in developing countries. PMID: 33034214 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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Publication date: October 2020Source: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, Volume 89Author(s): Fernando Lopes, Fernando A. Vicentini, Nina L. Cluny, Alexander J. Mathews, Benjamin H. Lee, Wagdi A. Almishri, Lateece Griffin, William Gonçalves, Vanessa Pinho, Derek M. McKay, Simon A. Hirota, Mark G. Swain, Quentin J. Pittman, Keith A. Sharkey
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Abstract Raynaud's phenomenon is a common vasospastic condition which carries a significant burden of pain and hand-related disability (Hughes and Herrick, 2016). The prevalence of Raynaud's phenomenon in the general population has been reported to be approximately 5% (Garner et al, 2015). Raynaud's phenomenon can occur either as a primary ('idiopathic') phenomenon or secondary to a wide range of underlying medical conditions and drug causes. Therefore, hospital-based specialists are frequently involved in the care of patients with Raynaud's phenomenon and need to be aware of associated conditions and prescribed m...
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