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Reumatologia/Rheumatology
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1/2021
vol. 59
 
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abstract:
Recommendations for diagnostic and therapeutic procedures

How to perform high ultrasound examination of skin involvement among patients with systemic sclerosis – proposition of a unified protocol

Piotr Sobolewski
1
,
Monika Elżbieta Dźwigała
1
,
Maria Maślińska
2
,
Elżbieta Szymańska
1
,
Irena Walecka
1

1.
Clinic of Dermatology, Centre of Postgraduate Medical Education, Central Clinical Hospital of the Ministry of the Interior, Warsaw, Poland
2.
Clinic of Early Arthritis, National Institute of Geriatrics, Rheumatology and Rehabilitation, Warsaw, Poland
Reumatologia 2021; 59, 1: 9–11
Online publish date: 2021/02/28
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Introduction
A fast and cheap method of skin assessment in systemic sclerosis (SSc) is an area of extensive research. Established in 1979, the Rodnan skin score is a palpation-based method used among clinicians. This method has some limitations, such as: examiner’s skills, subjective results, and no standardization. In the last few years researchers have been exploring ultrasound-based techniques as a possible tool for skin assessment among patients with SSc. The aim of the study is to develop a protocol of elastography-based skin imaging evaluation among patients with SSc.

Material and methods
Review of the literature and own experience.

Results
Proposition of elastography-based skin imaging protocol among patients with SSc.

Conclusions
The authors present a potential protocol of ultrasound-based examination of skin involvement among patients with SSc.

keywords:

systemic sclerosis, ultrasound, protocol, Rodnan skin score







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