Scleroderma (musculoskeletal manifestations)

Last revised by Rohit Sharma on 16 Jan 2024

Musculoskeletal manifestations of scleroderma are common and variable.

For a general discussion of scleroderma, please refer to the parent article: scleroderma.

Imaging findings demonstrate bone and soft tissue changes 2-4. The hands are the most common site of involvement.

  • rib resorption (bilateral superior rib notching, predominantly along posterior surface), mandibular angle resorption (+/- loss of lamina dura), radius and ulna resorption

  • terminal phalangeal sclerosis

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