Radiological changes of the hands in systemic sclerosis

Acta Derm Venereol. 1983;63(4):349-52.


Radiological examination of the hands was performed in 41 patients with systemic sclerosis. Pathological changes were found in 39 patients. Eighteen patients had subcutaneous calcifications and 11 had atrophy of the finger pulps. Bone resorption of ungual tufts was found in 11 patients. Juxta-articular osteoporosis was seen in 9 patients and periarticular bone erosions in 8 patients indicating erosive arthropathy. Osteoarthritis and generalized osteoporosis were seen in 10 and 7 patients, respectively. Radiological examination of the hands is recommended during treatment.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Bone Resorption
  • Calcinosis / diagnostic imaging
  • Female
  • Hand / diagnostic imaging*
  • Humans
  • Joint Diseases / diagnostic imaging
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Radiography
  • Scleroderma, Systemic / diagnostic imaging*