Scleroderma (musculoskeletal manifestations)

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.

  • acro-osteolysis (resorption of the distal phalanges)
  • periarticular osteopenia
  • joint space narrowing
  • erosions
  • severe resorption of the first CMC joint with radial subluxation is a characteristic feature on hands radiographs 
  • 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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rID: 9854
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Systemic sclerosis (musculoskeletal manifestations)
  • Musculoskeletal manifestations of scleroderma

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