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Video of Symptoms
Bullous Morphea
Skin Ulcers
Sympathectomy Surgery
Systemic Scleroderma
Watermelon Stomach

Video Slideshow of Scleroderma Symptoms

Images of Systemic Sclerosis Symptoms VideoVideo: Slideshow of Systemic Scleroderma Symptoms
(Systemic Sclerosis)
Narrated by Shelley Ensz
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This video slideshow features images of scleroderma (systemic sclerosis) symptoms such as calcinosis, digital ulcers, gangrene, and Raynaud's. (Also see What is Scleroderma?, Types of Scleroderma, Scleroderma Symptoms, and Scleroderma Videos)

Pictures of Alopecia

Scleroderma is a very rare cause of balding or hair thinning.

Alopecia by Nolan LaTourelleAlopecia (hair loss) may occur with scleroderma, if it affects the scalp. It may also occur due to the side effects of some treatments for scleroderma symptoms, such as chemotherapy. ISN.

Pictures of Calcinosis (Calcium Deposits)

Calcinosis on Fingertip, ISN Photo RepositoryCalcinosis on Fingertip. This calcium nodule is an ugly thing, with lots of irregularities to hang onto flesh. My wife has had scleroderma for about thirty years. She is now having painful calcium nodules forming in her fingertips. ISN.

Calcinosis on DimeCalcinosis on Dime. The particle shown on this dime followed a smaller particle which was removed from the same fingertip about three weeks earlier. The finger failed to heal and my wife picked at the second piece of calcium for about two weeks before it finally came out. Painful calcium deposits are supposed to be removed by a doctor to help prevent infection or complications, although sometimes they burst or come out on their own. ISN. (Also see: Calcinosis)


Click to EnlargePhoto of Gangrene. Severe cases of systemic scleroderma and Raynaud's may cause a total lack of blood supply to the extremities. When this happens, necrosis (death of tissue) and gangrene may set in, sometimes making it necessary to have the affected part(s) amputated. ISN.

Localized Scleroderma (Morphea and Linear) Photos

Morphea. Includes pictures of generalized morphea, pansclerotic disabling morphea, and Atrophoderma of Pierinii and Pasini. New Zealand Dermatological Society. (Also see: Types of Scleroderma, Morphea Scleroderma, Bullous Morphea, and Linear Scleroderma)

Pictures of Raynaud's

Raynaud's causes hands to turn white or blue in response to cold or stress.
Raynauds Blue Fingers
1. Alexandra M.

Raynauds in both hands
2. Joyce
Raynauds Image
3. Judith

Raynauds in Fingertips
4. Shelly S

Pictures of Scleredema

Photos of Scleredema. Scleredema is an illness similar to scleroderma. It is also known as Scleredema Adultorum, Scleredema Adultorum of Buschke, Scleredema Diabeticorum, and Scleredema Diabeticorum of Buschke. (Also see Scleredema)

Pictures of Sclerodactyly or Scleroderma Hands

Sclerodactyly Photo, Scleroderma HandsPhotos of Sclerodactyly. The most classic symptom of systemic sclerosis (scleroderma) is sclerodactyly. Initial symptoms include swollen hands, which sometimes progress to this tapering and claw-like deformity. Not everyone with scleroderma develops this degree of skin hardening. However, it is this symptom that has earned scleroderma the nickname of 'the disease that turns people to stone'. ISN. (Also see: Sclerodactyly)

Pictures of Scleroderma Skin Ulcers

Finger UlcerPhotos of Scleroderma Digital (Finger) Ulcers. Scleroderma and Raynaud's can cause painful ulcers on the fingers or toes, which are known as digital ulcers. No treatment for finger ulcers should be undertaken without the supervision of a physician — it's very important to treat finger ulcers properly, to prevent complications such as serious infection, gangrene or possible amputation. ISN.

Digital UlcerPhoto of Digital (Finger) Ulcer from Mixed Connective Tissue Disease (MCTD). This digital ulcer is fourteen weeks old. It was caused by secondary Raynaud's phenomenon, in a patient with Mixed Connective Tissue Disease (MCTD). The MCTD was diagnosed five years ago, after thyroid gland removal. ISN.

Digital Ulcer from Mixed Connective Tissue DiseaseDigital Ulcer from Mixed Connective Tissue Disease (MCTD). When I was eighteen my rheumatologist diagnosed me with rheumatoid arthritis. Later at the age of twenty-one, another doctor said it looks more like C.R.E.S.T. Scleroderma. Now I'm twenty-six and the same doctor who diagnosed me with rheumatoid arthritis says its mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD). ISN.

Leg UlcerPhoto of Scleroderma Leg Ulcer. This is a very large chronic leg ulcer in a Systemic Sclerosis patient, which has not responded to treatment. ISN. (Also see Digital Ulcers)

Systemic Scleroderma (Limited, Diffuse, CREST, and Overlap) Pictures

Also see: Types of Scleroderma, Limited Scleroderma, Diffuse Scleroderma, CREST Scleroderma, and Overlap Syndrome

Pictures of Telangiectasia

Telangiectasia. Telangiectasia are harmless, dilated superficial blood vessels. They may occur in rosacea, in certain systemic diseases (such as ataxia-telangiectasia, scleroderma) or in long-term therapy with topical fluorinated corticosteroids. Most cases are idiopathic (of unknown cause). ISN.

Pictures of Watermelon Stomach

Watermelon Stomach does not mean a large or protruding stomach.

Vascular Ectasia of the Gastric Antrum. To view their photos requires site registration.The New England Journal of Medicine, 7-16-98,Vol. 339, No. 3. NEJM.

Watermelon Stomach. Watermelon Stomach is the popular name for Gastric Antral Vascular Ectasia (GAVE) — a condition in which the lining of the stomach bleeds, causing it to look like the characteristic stripes of a watermelon when viewed by Endoscopy. ISN.

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