An update on the treatment of the cutaneous manifestations of systemic sclerosis: The dermatologist's point of view Article

cited authors

  • Vitiello, M; Abuchar, A; Santana, N; Dehesa, L; Kerdel, FA

fiu authors

abstract

  • Systemic sclerosis is a connective tissue disorder that affects multiple organs. Although the initial symptoms of the disease are vascular, skin involvement is almost universally present in patients with systemic sclerosis. The presence of Raynaud's phenomenon, progressive thickening of the skin, digital ulcers, and calcinosis all correlate proportionally with disease severity. Since no treatment is available to completely prevent the natural course of the disease, emphasis is often placed on managing symptoms and complications. In this review, the authors focus on the management of each one of the skin manifestations seen in systemic sclerosis, as the dermatologist may facilitate the early recognition and treatment of these complications.

publication date

  • July 1, 2012

start page

  • 33

end page

  • 43

volume

  • 5

issue

  • 7