Sadly, they are not a true certainty that the patient will respond optimally, since no two patients are alike, presenting with the same set of symptoms.
Any segment of the GI tract from mouth to anus can be involved, and GI symptoms are a frequent cause of morbidity.
In several cases, GI-tract involvement can progress to the point of malnutrition requiring parenteral nutrition.
GI-tract involvement in SSc contributes to disease-related mortality although mostly as a co-morbdity rather than direct cause of death.’
The second surgery was to add 'artificial' knuckles.
Some patients report a marginal improvement when taking the antibiotic Minocycline, but personally, I saw no improvement.
I have also spoken with patients who had undergone surgery for calcium removal, with the calcium only returning in time. I am not brave enough for this option being a reality for me!
My face has taken on its own dot to dot puzzle, which has emerged over the course of the last ten years.
I also have telangiectasia covering my trunk and the palm of my hands.
This includes my toes, feet, ankles, knees, hips, elbows, shoulder, neck, wrists, and hands.
These symptoms are an overlap with rheumatoid arthritis.
An edited version of this article was published here, in my Column with Scleroderma News. February 2017.
2017 Rare Disease Day Flashback
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|Prof Chris Denton and I, Sept 2017|
|James Carver, myself, Prof Chris Denton|
I am immensely grateful to James Carver MEP for organizing this event in memory of his late wife Carmen, who sadly passed from Scleroderma.
|The global Raynaud's trailblazer - Dr Howell and I, Sept 2017|
|My article for Rare Disease Day 2016 was published on the Rare Disease Day website and the Rare Disease Day social media platforms.|