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Question: What is the difference between scleroderma and sclerodactyly?


Both scleroderma and sclerodactyly refer to the fibrotic changes in skin occurring in systemic sclerosing conditions. The term scleroderma is used when these changes occur diffusely over the body: arms, torso, and face for example. Sclerodactyly is usually reserved to describe the skin tightening when it occurs in the fingers and hand (distal to the wrist).

Reference:  Sheon RP, et al (eds): Soft Tissue Rheumatic Pain: Recognition, Management and Prevention, 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 1996.

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