Progressive systemic sclerosis sine scleroderma in a child presenting as nocturnal seizures and Raynaud's phenomenon

Acta Paediatr. 1993 Jan;82(1):122-3. doi: 10.1111/j.1651-2227.1993.tb12539.x.


Progressive systemic sclerosis sine scleroderma, as well as neurological manifestations of progressive systemic sclerosis are rare in adult-onset cases. Neither have been reported in children with progressive systemic sclerosis, either separately or together. We describe a six-year-old girl with nocturnal seizures and Raynaud's phenomenon of three years' duration. She died of cardiopulmonary sclerosis without ever fitting the required criteria of systemic sclerosis. Nailfold capillaroscopy revealed the specific "scleroderma-pattern" and provided the only clue for a diagnosis of progressive systemic sclerosis, confirmed eventually by skin biopsy.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Raynaud Disease / etiology*
  • Scleroderma, Systemic / complications
  • Scleroderma, Systemic / diagnosis*
  • Seizures / etiology*