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Question: What is the difference between scleroderma and sclerodactyly?

Answer:

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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