Scleroderma: musculoskeletal and gastrointestinal involvement

Case contributed by Dr Mohammad Taghi Niknejad

Patient Data

Age: 28
Gender: Female

Lack of peristalsis is noted during barium swallow .

Acro-osteolysis (resorption of the distal phalanges) and mild periarticular osteoporosis are seen .

Case Discussion

Involvement of the esophagus, or whole digestive tract in scleroderma, or progressive systemic sclerosis (PSS), is defined by lack of peristalsis. To suppress the gravity effect, patient should be examined in lying down position (decubitus or prone).

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Case information

rID: 20660
Published: 5th Dec 2012
Last edited: 12th Feb 2019
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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